Open PhD candidate positions for AEI research projects

IRTA
 |  10.11.2021

Are you a researcher in training and want to work on your doctoral thesis in a renowned research institution?

IRTA is looking for candidates for the following projects. If you are interested in any of them, please contact the PIs people in charge, through the e-mail address provided. The deadline for submitting your application is November 11th 2021, at 14:00 h


Spanish State Research Agency projects:


Obtaining and functionalization of lupine protein isolates to obtain cooked meat analogues. PIs: Ricard Bou (Ricard.bou@irta.cat) and Albert Ribas (Albert.ribas@irta.cat)

The Food Industry Area is seeking a PhD candidate with a background on Food Science and Technology, Chemistry, Agronomy, Biology, Biochemistry or similar. The candidate will work on the characterization of lupine species, the acquisition of protein isolates from them, the use of key enabling technologies and on the development of plant-based meat products.

Safety and quality clean labelled food products through the application of antimicrobial and antioxidant algal extracts. PIs: Teresa Aymerich (teresa.aymerich@irta.cat) and Maria Hortós (maria.hortos@irta.cat)

The Food Industry Area at IRTA is seeking a PhD candidate with a background on Biotechnology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Food Safety and Innovation, Food Science and Technology or similar. The candidate will work on obtaining, evaluating, and applying antimicrobial extracts/compounds from marine algae which lead to an increase of food quality and safety.

Molecular physiology of immunometabolism in pigs: genetic bases for the selection of more robust populations. PIs: Maria Ballester (maria.ballester@irta.cat) and Raquel Quintanilla (raquel.quintanilla@irta.cat)

The Animal Breeding and Genetics Program is seeking a PhD candidate with a background on Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Veterinary Sciences or similar. The candidate will study the crosstalk between immunity and energy metabolism aiming at identifying regulatory networks, candidate genes and causal genetic variants that influence the phenotypic diversity of both immunocompetence and production-quality traits in pigs.

Unravelling the molecular mechanisms of avian influenza virus infection outcome in the avian host by using a multi-omics approach. PI: Natàlia Majó (Natalia.majo@irta.cat)

The Animal Health Program at IRTA is seeking a PhD candidate with a background on Biology, Biotechnology or Veterinary Sciences or similar. The candidate will work on avian viral diseases, specifically on avian flu and its viral and host factors including its microbiome/virome. Experimental infections will be carried out and omics sciences will be used for further analysis.

Gaseous Emissions mitigation and resources recovery in slurry storage by bioelectrochemical systems and hydrophobic membranes. PIs: August Bonmatí (August.bonmati@irta.cat) and Víctor Riau (victor.riau@irta.cat)

The Sustainable Biosystems Program at IRTA is seeking a PhD candidate with a background on Life Sciences and with experience on electrochemical systems to recover nutrients and/or on monitoring and control gas emissions. The candidate will work on the RTA-GEMBESH project on designing, optimizing and upscaling BES for nutrient recovery and emission control in manure storage.

Increasing efficiency of water use in cereal crops through plant breeding and water management strategies: implications on biodiversity and climate change adaptation and mitigation. PIs: Dolors Villegas (dolors.villegas@irta.cat) and Néstor Pérez (nestor.perez@irta.cat)

The Sustainable Field Crops Program at IRTA is seeking for a PhD candidate with a degree in Agronomy, Biology, Agroecology, Environmental sciences or similar. Driving license is required. The candidate will work in field evaluation of wheat and rice yield, quality determination in wheat, biodiversity studies, GHG emissions in rice and remote sensing under field conditions.

Development and application of predictive models, biocontrol agents, and resistance management for the integrated control of almond diseases. PIs: Jordi Luque (jordi.luque@irta.cat) and Jordi Cabrefiga (jordi.cabrefiga@irta.cat)

The Sustainable Plant Protection Program at IRTA is seeking for a PhD candidate with a background on Biology or Agronomics, and with proven experience on molecular analysis techniques. The candidate will study the tolerance of almond cultivars to the red leaf blotch disease based on two complementary approaches: genetics and physiology.

For more information on the funding programme, you can visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation: Aid for pre-doc contracts for the training of doctors 2021.
http://www.aei.gob.es/stfls/MICINN/Ayudas/PE_2021_2023/PE_Desarrollar_Atraer_Retener_Talento/Subprograma_Formacion/FICHEROS/Convocatoria_predoctorales_2021_vf_firmada.pdf