Bolsa de Investigação: ARDITI-OOM/2018/004

Job: Research fellowship in Jellyfish aquaculture (Ref: ARDITI-OOM/2018/004)
 
Job/Fellowship Reference: ARDITI-OOM/2018/004

Main research field: Biological sciences

Sub research field:
 
Job summary:

The H2020 project GoJelly: a gelatinous solution to plastic pollution, (774499 - GoJelly - H2020-BG-2016-2017/H2020-BG-2017-1) aims to develop, test and promote a gelatinous solution to microplastic pollution by developing a prototype microplastic filter ("GoJelly" biofilter) for commercial and public use, where the main raw material is jellyfish mucus. In this context, an international consortium will be removing the commercially and ecologically destructive sea and coastal pollution of both jellyfish and micro plastics. This innovative approach will ultimately lead to less plastic in the ocean, municipal demand (and thereby competitive prices) for jellyfish raw material to fill the "mucus-need" by filter developers, and in turn more jobs for commercial fishers in off-seasons. The by-products of the jellyplast-filters has other uses as well, ensuring that ‘GoJelly’ also delivers a green innovation, resulting in novel, valuable resource for the food and feed industry as well as agro-biological fertilizer for organic farming.

Within the scope of this project, the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira at ARDITI (Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação) is leading a Working Package on “Harvesting and Aquaculture of Jellyfish”.

In this context, ARDITI is looking for Marine Biologist (MSc. Level) or equivalent with expertise in marine organism culture and nutrition trials. The successful candidate will assist the ARDITI team in coordinating the Harvesting and Aquaculture WP of “GoJelly”, specially focusing on jellyfish culture.

The candidate is expected to maintain and handling jellyfish culture, to participate and provide technical support in the different experiments involving jellyfish.

The successful candidate is expected to join the aquaculture research group at ARDITI-OOM, an interdisciplinary team with the following research topics: aquaculture species diversification, multitrophic integrated aquaculture, physiology of stress and environmental impact of aquaculture.

Job description:

Titulo/Title

Research fellowship in Jellyfish aquaculture (Ref: ARDITI-OOM/2018/004)

Job Reference: ARDITI-OOM/2018/004

Área científica genérica/Main research field:

Marine Sciences

Área científica específica/ Sub research field:

Marine Aquaculture, Animal Nutrition and Physiology

Texto do anúncio - Job/Fellowship description:

The H2020 project GoJelly: a gelatinous solution to plastic pollution, (774499 - GoJelly - H2020-BG-2016-2017/H2020-BG-2017-1) aims to develop, test and promote a gelatinous solution to microplastic pollution by developing a prototype microplastic filter ("GoJelly" biofilter) for commercial and public use, where the main raw material is jellyfish mucus. In this context, an international consortium will be removing the commercially and ecologically destructive sea and coastal pollution of both jellyfish and micro plastics. This innovative approach will ultimately lead to less plastic in the ocean, municipal demand (and thereby competitive prices) for jellyfish raw material to fill the "mucus-need" by filter developers, and in turn more jobs for commercial fishers in off-seasons. The by-products of the jellyplast-filters has other uses as well, ensuring that ‘GoJelly’ also delivers a green innovation, resulting in novel, valuable resource for the food and feed industry as well as agro-biological fertilizer for organic farming.

Within the scope of this project, the Oceanic Observatory of Madeira at ARDITI (Agência Regional para o Desenvolvimento da Investigação, Tecnologia e Inovação) is leading a Working Package on “Harvesting and Aquaculture of Jellyfish”.

In this context, ARDITI is looking for Marine Biologist (MSc. Level) or equivalent with expertise in marine organism culture and nutrition trials. The successful candidate will assist the ARDITI team in coordinating the Harvesting and Aquaculture WP of “GoJelly”, specially focusing on jellyfish culture.

The candidate is expected to maintain and handling jellyfish culture, to participate and provide technical support in the different experiments involving jellyfish.

The successful candidate is expected to join the aquaculture research group at ARDITI-OOM, an interdisciplinary team with the following research topics: aquaculture species diversification, multitrophic integrated aquaculture, physiology of stress and environmental impact of aquaculture.

Requisitos de admissão/Admission Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a MSc. Degree in Marine Sciences, Marine Fisheries or Aquaculture, as well as previous experience, including (but not exclusively):

  • Background and/or proven experience in marine organism broodstock handling;
  • Experience in jellyfish culture;
  • Prior work involving live feed culture techniques;
  • Experience in biological sampling of animals;
  • Works involving experimental and conducting trials using marine organisms;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently;
  • Fluent knowledge (spoken and written) of the English language.

Note: Applications will not be considered if candidates do not meet Mandatory Requirements (in bold). Additional experience and/or training items listed will be valued and preferred

Plano de trabalhos/Workplan:

The selected fellow will assist in developing and participate in research activities (both in the field and in the lab) related to harvesting and aquaculture of jellyfish as well as the use of jellyfish as life feed for commercial species. Specifically, the fellows’ work plan will include (but not exclusively):

  • Maintenance and handling of jellyfish and broodstock;
  • Culture and biological sampling of organisms, live feed and water quality analysis;
  • Assist in design and perform nutrition and physiology trials using jellyfish at different life-stages;
  • To participate in workshops, project meetings and other relevant and/or project related events;
  • To assist in the production and writing of technical and scientific reports within the scope of the project.

Orientação científica e local de trabalho/Scientific guidance and workplace:

The work will be coordinated by Dr. Carlos Andrade, Natacha Nogueira and Dr. Sonia KM Gueroun at the MARE- Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre laboratory in Caniçal and the Mariculture Centre of Calheta – Madeira Fisheries Directorate, in Madeira Island (Portugal).

Duração da(s) bolsa(s)/Duration

12 months (eventually renewable up to 36 months)

Subsídio de manutenção mensal/Salary

ARDITI fellowship stipend (980€) and regulations are determined by ARDITI (https://www.arditi.pt/index.php/biblioteca-on-line/outros-documentos/category/19-bolsas-de-investigacao).

Métodos de seleção/Evaluation criteria

The following evaluation criteria will be applied:

FS = QA + EP + IN

FS – Final Score

Sum of Qualifications, Experience and Interview scores (if applicable) to a maximum of 40 points

QA – Qualifications

  • Maximum score of 10 points: Msc. Degree in field of relevance (e.g. marine food webs, marine fisheries and aquaculture).

EP – Experience

  • Maximum Score of 20 points as follows:

DESCRIPTION

MAX. SCORE

Experience with broodstock management;

Experience with jellyfish culture;

Experience with live feed culture techniques;

 

5 Points

4 Points

3 Points

 

• Previous works involving experiments on the selection of environmental parameters and nutritional on marine organisms;

• Experience and knowledge in data management and writing scientific report;

• Demonstrated ability to work independently;

• Fluent knowledge (spoken and written) of the English language

• Strong communication and collaboration skills.

2 Points

2 Points

1.5 Point

1.5 Point

1 Point

TOTAL:

20 Points

 (note: Mandatory requirements in bold. Failure to meet such requirements are motif for exclusion. If there are no applications with mandatory requirements, the jury may decide to consider remaining applications).

IN – Interview

Top three candidates may be invited for an interview (in person or remotely) if QA + EP scoring has a maximum difference of 2 points or lower. Maximum score of 10 points.

Composição do Júri de Seleção/Selection panel

Dr. Carlos Andrade (ARDITI-OOM)

Natacha Nogueira (ARDITI-OOM)

Dr. Sonia KM Gueroun (ARDITI-OOM)

Documentos de candidatura/Application contentes

-Motivation Letter (emphasizing the candidate’s adequacy to each evaluation criteria)

-Curriculum Vitae

-Degree certificate

Forma de publicitação/notificação dos resultados/Anouncement of the results

Via e-mail.

Prazo de candidatura e forma de apresentação das candidaturas/Application submissionan deadline

All applications should be sent by e-mail to: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar. until the 9th of November 2018. The subject of the email should be: ARDITI-OOM/2018/004

Vacant posts

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Notes:

  • The selection process will be based on the principle of non-discrimination in respect of gender, age, nationality, religion, racial group, or any other possible discriminatory issue. Selection will be made only based on merit and following the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Commission Recommendation, Brussels, 11.3.2005, 2005/251/EC) and the recommendations from the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).
  • ARDITI is a recognized “refugee welcoming organization" by the European Commission, follows the European Charter for Researchers and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.
  • The deadline for application may be extended at any time without previous notice having in mind the requirements for the positions under this call.

Co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union

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