STSM at Institute of Natural Resource Sciences

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 (


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 a graduate student (must be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD student), a postdoctoral fellow (including Early Career Investigators), or must 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: CLOSED
  • STSMs must be completed by 28th February 2019.
  • The report has to be sent to the STSM coordinator within 30 days after the completion of the STSM and in any case by 15th March 2019.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

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


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 2.500) 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: CLOSED
  • The conference participation must be completed by 28th February 2019.
  • The report has to be submitted within 30 calendar days from the end date of the Conference and in any case before 15th March 2019.
  • Check here the call text with the requirements.

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

CALL: H2020-BBI-JTI-2018

Potential calls of interest for EUALGAE members within the BBI program


M.Sc. Candidate(s) sought for micro-algae production at MARECURA AS

M.Sc. Candidate(s) sought for micro-algae production



We seek a highly motivated bachelor-level student of biotechnology, chemistry or biology to work with our 25 L PBR (see photo) on a 3-6 months engagement starting May-July this year. After this a permanent R&D position will be available for the right candidate. The position is part of our R&D team for production of food and feed ingredients from micro-algae at our factory at Maarud Bio-industrial Park, located just 75 km outside Oslo, Norway.  Candidates who want to continue for a M.Sc.-degree with us at some European university gain priority.  Candidates with M.Sc. of a relevant subject area are well-come, aiming at an Industrial Ph.D. fellowship or similar.  We encourage candidates who will consider working with us on a regular basis in developing micro-algae processes and products. MareCura is a novel company but based upon 50 years of European R&D. We comprise a high commercial and academic standing and a strong products knowledge among our four board members and two majority owners, and participate in well-established professional networks.  Currently, new projects are developed with our Norwegian partners. The selected candidate(s) will gain valuable experience from industrial bioproduction from renewable resources, concepts of clean production technology and industrial ecology. A Non-Disclosure Agreement must be signed by the candidate, and with the mother institution of future M.Sc./Ph.D.-theses. Private room can be rented in our apartment close to the factory. Fixed monthly salary is offered and paid according to Norwegian regulations at the current national level for fresh candidates, depending on qualifications. A brief application with extensive CV and indication of final grade level should be in our mailbox by May Candidates and Potential tutors can contact me by phone or mail, or if convenient during the Algae Industrial Summit, Viennena, April    


MORTEN LAAKE, Docent (p)        CTO of MARECURA AS

Office:  MAARUDVEIEN 126, NO-2114 DISENÅ, NORWAY  – TEL:       +47 48099110        MAIL:

Grants to get Transnational Access (TA) to research and testing facilities across the BRISK2 network

How to Apply

2nd International Conference on Food Bioactives & Health (FBHC 2018)


The  2nd International Conference on Food Bioactives & Health (FBHC 2018) will take place from the 26th to the 28th of September, in Lisbon, Portugal. The topics addressed by FBHC 2018 will cover the whole palette of interests of the community including the impact of polyphenols, carotenoids, glucosinolates, marine compounds, polysaccharides, peptides and proteins as food bioactives for health.

For more details please visit:

You can submit your abstract online at:

Call for abstracts for the Second EUAlgae Workshop of Algae Bioproducts for Early Career Investigators

Date: March 6th 2018

Venue: Aristotle University Dissemination Center, Thessaloniki, Greece

Target attendees: Early Career Investigators (prioritized) and PhD students from countries participating in the COST Action EUALGAE ( Only those candidates selected for oral presentation will be reimbursed.

Workshop structure (1 day): 15 Oral presentations (15 min presentation + 5 min questions) selected based on scientific relevance (evaluated from the abstracts submitted to the Working Group Leaders). Selection criteria will also include Working Group balance, country balance and gender balance. ONLY ONE ABSTRACT PER RESEARCH GROUP WILL BE CONSIDERED

Local Organizers: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, Dr. Spyros Gkelis (


See the text of the call here

2-year post-doctoral fellowship available at the Department of Chemistry and Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå University, Sweden

A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the group of Prof. Christiane Funk, Dept. of Chemistry and Umeå Plant Science Centre (, Umeå University (, Sweden. The aim of the project is to characterize the structure and function of metacaspase-like proteases in cyanobacteria and unicellular algae.

Applicants profile: The post-doctoral fellowship is open for one year with possible extension for a second year. Highly motivated applicants with good publication record in international reviewed journals will be considered. A Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related life science is a prerequisite. The requested experimental skills include a solid background in molecular biology and biochemistry. Furthermore, the successful candidate should have worked with cyanobacteria, preferably with Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 and/or unicellular algae. Previous experience working with proteases are of benefit. A strong motivation to learn, an ability to develop new methods, and an ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, are important features of the persons we are looking for. The fellowship is available immediately.

For further information about the fellowship, please contact Prof. Christiane Funk, Dept. of Chemistry, Umeå University, 90 187 Umeå, Sweden –

For further information about the position and the application process: Post-doctoral fellowship available at the Department of Chemistry and Umeå Plant Science Centre

PhD student position on Microalgae cultivation and processing at ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

The ETH Sustainable Food Processing group is recruiting a PhD student on Microalgae cultivation and processing.

ETH Sustainable Food Processing group is looking for a candidate who is highly motivated to work in a collaborative project with an international food company that aims at developing targeted algae cultivation and processing of certain green algae species to deliver high value macronutrients. Of particular interest are innovative process applications based on advanced cell stress induction, disintegration, separation, conversion and stabilisation techniques. The aligned analysis of the algae structural changes during up- and downstream is key for an optimised food concept development.

The candidate should have excellent academic qualifications, good communication skills, and strong self-motivation. In addition, enthusiasm and talent to engage in engineering and microbial questions and the underlying mechanisms as well as in theoretical/modelling aspects is required. Experience in algae biotechnology and algae microbiology will be considered a plus. Furthermore, the successful candidate must have a Master degree in Biotechnology/ Bioprocessing/ Food Technology/Food Engineering/ Food Microbiology or a closely-related area.

For further information about the position and the application process:  PhD student position on Microalgae cultivation and processing