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Carry out an STSM in Switzerland

 

The Research Group Aquaculture Systems at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland is inviting applicants for an STSM.

 

We operate a large (20 m2) open photobioreactor, remotely controlled, fully automated (evaporation control, CO2), and equipped with various sensors (PAR, pCO2, turbidity, pH, etc). Together with our autosampler, we can closely follow a cultivation and also have the means to supply the reactor with nutrients from external sources (e.g. with waste water). To carry out work on a smaller scale, we operate a laboratory with incubators (illuminated, CO2, humidity) and various analytical tools (plate reader, analytical chemistry, elemental analysis (XRF, CHN), biomass composition (NIRS), Ecotox tests, etc.).

 

Our interests are manifold: We investigate the use of microalgae in fish feed (we also operate a recirculating aquaculture system), we use microalgae to treat waste water and optimize their cultivation in waste water, we screen microalgae for antifungal activity, we are curious about contaminations, you name it.

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher whose skills complement or extend ours and who would like to cooperate with us. You bring in your own ideas for exciting research that hopefully lead to joint publications or larger projects.

 

If you are interested, contact Dominik Refardt (dominik.refardt@zhaw.ch)

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSIONS (STSM) IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE COST ACTION ES1408 EUALGAE

A STSM grant is a fixed contribution based on the budget requested by the applicant and the evaluation of the application by the selection committee (a maximum of EUR 2.500; EUR 3.500 for ECI). This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses; it is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant.

STSM applicants should be graduate students (must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student) or postdoctoral fellows (including Early Career Investigators), and must either be employed by or affiliated to an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

  • Deadline for applications: 12th November 2017.
  • STSMs must be completed by 20th April 2018.
  • The report has to be sent to the STSM coordinator within 30 days after the completion of the STSM and in any case by 20th April 2018.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

For further information on STSMs contact the EUAlgae STSM Coordinator Dr Dominik Refardt.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) Conference Grants in the framework of COST Action ES1408 EUALGAE

Conference Grants are aimed at supporting PhD students and Early Career Investigators (ECI) from Participating Inclusiveness Target Country (ITC) to attend international science and technology related conferences not specifically organized by the COST Action.

The applicant must make an oral/poster presentation at the conference in question and must be listed in the official event/conference programme. The main subject of the oral presentation/poster presentation/speech at the approved conference must be on the topic of the Action and must acknowledge COST.

A Conference Grant is a fixed financial contribution (maximum EUR 2.000) which takes into consideration the budget request of the applicant and the outcome of the evaluation of the application by the Core Group. Conference Grants do not necessarily cover all of the expenses related to participating in a given conference. It is a contribution to the overall travel, accommodation and meal expenses of the selected Grantee.

The participation of each applicant must be pre-approved by the Core Group of the EUALGAE Action.

  • Deadline for applications: at least 45 days before the conference start date (within the Grant Period 3).
  • The conference participation must be completed by 20th April 2018.
  • The report has to be submitted within 30 calendar days from the end date of the Conference.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

For further information on Conference Grants contact the EUAlgae Grant Manager Ms Radoslava Metodieva-López.

EUALGAE is participating in the Workshop “European algae production, with major focus on needs assessment and strategies to bridge the knowledge gaps in production, processing and economic statistics”

Where: Brussels, COST Association facilities
When: 5th and 6th of October 2017
Organization: JRC, FAO, COST Actions Phycomorph and EUALGAE

The workshop “European algae production, with major focus on needs assessment and strategies to bridge the knowledge gaps in production, processing and economic statistics”, that will count with the participation of several experts from the EUALGAE COST Action, aims at bringing together relevant players from the algae data management, production and processing sectors in Europe to discuss effective responses to the previously identified lack of baseline quality data on algae biomass at the European level. This initiative is foreseen to i) target the main knowledge gaps and needs regarding data on algae biomass supply, demands and flows at the European level; ii) discuss the reasons driving the identified gaps and iii) provide recommendations on the ways forward to solve the identified problems. The workshop is also aimed at launching alternative effective tools to integrate reliable knowledge on the sector at the short-term.

You can find the programme here.

Second Training School “Microalgae processes: from fundamentals to industrial scale”

The second Training School “Microalgae processes: from fundamentals to industrial scale” was held in Almería (Spain) from 13th to 15th of September 2017. It was organized by the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Almeria (Spain), in collaboration with Fundación Cajamar (Spain).

The course was attended by 30 PhD students and students with equivalent experience from 11 COST countries (France, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom). The specialized lectures were given by senior researchers from 6 different institutions and the practical was given by senior researchers from the University of Almeria at the facilities of Fundación Cajamar. The third day of the school was devoted to technical lectures by companies’ representatives.

More information here.

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Postdoctoral Scientist Position at IMDEA Energia (Spain) to work on Biofuels Production

Required Qualification:

  • Ph.D. degree in Biology, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biotechnology.
  • Solid background in photosynthetic microorganisms’ cultivation and fermentative processes.
  • Demonstrated experience by gained expertise and/or publications in international peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experienced in national and international projects.
  • Accredited oral and written communication skills in English.

Location: Mostoles, Madrid, Spain.

Remuneration: Between 33,000€ – 37,000€ per year, depending upon qualification and expertise.

Duration: The position is available immediately and is a one year appointment with annual renewals depending on performance.

Reference: 17.25.BT2 POD

For further information contact Dr. Cristina Gonzalez, email:cristina.gonzalez@imdea.org

Applicants should send their Curriculum Vitae (publications list included) and covering letters by August 18th 2017 to the following address:

 email: cristina.gonzalez@imdea.org

Subject: Reference: 17.25.BT2 POD

For further information: Open position at IMDEA Energy, Spain

POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE at Autonomous Metropolitan University- Cuajimalpa Campus (UAM-C) (Mexico City- MEXICO)

With experience on the Microalgal CO2 capture systems for biogas conditioning, reduction of flue gases and for the production of biomass and its use for producing gaseous biofuels or added-value products (you can see a list of the most recent publications at the end of the page), the researchers of the Autonomous Metropolitan University- Cuajimalpa Campus (UAM-C) seek for a candidate that will help to accelerate the generation of scientific and technological knowledge by doing lab and pilot plant experimental research, supervising students and publishing the results in high impact scientific journals.

Profile:

The candidate should hold a PhD on bioprocess, biochemical, biotechnology, chemical or environmental engineering or microbiology. It is necessary to demonstrate knowledge (via publications or conference proceedings) on microalgae cultivation, photobioreactor operation and desirable capabilities on monitoring, instrumentation using engineering software (Labview or other platforms) or molecular tools. However, it is completely necessary to demonstrate skills on writing English scientific documents. Communication skills and experience on student supervision will be appreciated.

Please, send a resume (CV) to the following contacts:

  • Marcia MORALES-IBARRIA Head of CO2 capture and conditioning of gaseous streams cluster-CEMIE-Bio at UAM-C. E-mail: mmorales@correo.cua.uam.mx. Phone: +52 (55) 58046500, ext. 3872.
  • Sergio REVAH, Leader of Academic Research Area Biosystems for environment and bioenergy UAM-C. Email: srevah@correo.cua.uam.mx ; Phone: +52 (55) 58046500, ext. 3560.

Deadline for application should be June 30, 2017

For further information: POSTDOCTORAL POSITION AVAILABLE

Apply for TRAINING SCHOOL 2017 – “Microalgae processes: from fundamentals to industrial scale”

Event-Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 to Friday, September 15th, 2017

The second training school of the EUALGAE Action will be held in Almeria (Spain) from 13th to 15th September 2017, coordinated by the University of Almeria as part of the EUALGAE ES1408 COST Action. COST is supported by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.

This is an intensive course about microalgae based processes; on which expertise from academia and industry explain the major aspects of these processes. The course cover all the aspects related with microalgae based processes, from (i) the modelling of strains and light utilization, to (ii) the design and operation of photobioreactors, (iii) harvesting and processing of the biomass to achieve reliable products, and (iv) scale-up to commercial size. Fundamental and practical aspects will be covered always including the participation of young students and the exchange of experiences between the assistants.

The course is oriented towards PhD students or equivalent experience students in microalgae field from whatever fundamental area as microbiology, biology or biological/ biochemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry. The course is also intended to give those working in the industry an opportunity to upgrade their knowledge in microalgae biotechnology.

EUALGAE COST Action offers:

  • 23 grants of 720 €for students from COST countries participating in the Action and
  • 7 grants of 400 € for Spanish students (for students from Almeria – 75 €).

There is no registration fee for the course & the students have the opportunity to apply for these grants to partially cover their travel expenses, accommodation and meals.

Application:

Applicants should send an email to info@eualgae.eu and attach in one single document:

  • A cover letter with a statement of interest of up to one page, including a description of your research topic
  • Short CV including contact data and a list of publications, if any

 Keydates:

  • 30th of June – Submission of all applications
  • 15th of July – Selection and announcement of participants

 Programme:

Find here the programme as well as the application procedure.

5th CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR SHORT TERM SCIENTIFIC MISSIONS (STSM) IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE COST ACTION ES1408 EUALGAE

A STSM grant is a fixed contribution based on the budget requested by the applicant and the evaluation of the application by the selection committee (a maximum of EUR 2.500;  EUR 3.500 for ECI). This grant will not necessarily cover all expenses; it is intended only as a contribution to the travel and subsistence costs of the participant.

STSM applicants should be graduate students (must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student) or postdoctoral fellows (including Early Career Investigators), and must either be employed by or affiliated to an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

  • Deadline for applications: 20th June 2017.
  • STSMs must be completed by 20th April 2018.
  • The report has to be sent to the STSM coordinator within 30 days after the completion of the STSM and in any case by 20th April 2018.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

For further information on STSMs contact the EUAlgae STSM Coordinator Dr Dominik Refardt.

Working Group Meeting to involve industries in Ljubljana

IMG_8430_2-683x1024The third Working Group (WG) meeting of the EUAlgae COST Action was held in the premises of The Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical technology of Ljubljana in Slovenia  from 1st to 3rd March 2017. This was the biggest meeting organized in the framework of EUAlgae Action.  Local support for the organization of this meeting was kindly provided by Dr. Marina Klemencic (SI) and Dr. Marko Dolinar (SI).

There was a huge interest for participation among the Action members and finally 48 researchers from 22 countries had the opportunity to participate in the event.

The objective of the meeting was to involve the industries into the interdisciplinary discussion platform for collaboration on the different steps involved in the processes related to production of algae bioproducts and to try to fill the gap between the research and industry sector. EUAlgae participants had the opportunity to  listen and identify the problems of the industries in these processes and set the basis of collaboration for the further improvement and commercialization of algae bioproducts. A total of 11 industries working in the field of utilization of microalgae biomass for sustainable fuels and fine chemical products took part in the meeting.

In addition to presentations and lively discussions, on the first day of the meeting, prof. Christiane Funk from Sweden, held  a talk about the project MicroBiorefine she is coordinating.

The participants also had the opportunity to visit the AlgaeBioGas demo centre in the suburbs of Ljubljana, where a short explanation and demonstration of the facility (algal treatment of biogas production plant digestate) was held.

On the 3rd day the annual MC meeting of the EUAlgae Action was held and the bases of the future events were established.

Ljubljana meeting