PhD Scholarship in Nutrition and health (EUT-DC3) - REDI (RMIT European Doctoral Innovators) Program

This is a 36-month research position (extendable up to 48 months) based in Reus, Spain at Eurecat Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya.

The position is funded by European Union under the MSCA COFUND Action: RMIT European Doctoral Innovators (REDI) program. The selected Researcher will be enrolled at RMIT University and the University of Girona as a Doctoral Student. 

See more at https://www.rediprogram.eu/

REDI is a unique PhD training program offering industry-supported positions with excellent salaries, enviable international experiences including a residential year in Melbourne, Australia and annual workshop weeks in Barcelona, Spain, top-class training as well as networking with academic and industry leaders across 60+ supporting partners.

REDI is looking for one Researcher (with less than 4 years of research experience and not in the possession of a Doctoral Degree yet), who will be closely working with both RMIT University(Australia) and Eurecat (Spain) on one of the following research projects:

 

Project 1: Understanding the role of gut-brain axis

Information from large-scale human cohorts (n=300 and n=1030) with a wide range of age (from 23 to 99 years old) already characterized and to be further characterized by omics profiling will be used to study metabolic pathways affected by ageing, with special attention on gut microbiome. Results will be translated to preclinical models by means of xenotransplantation or targeted microbiota manipulation to underscore the molecular mechanisms linking microbiome ageing with alterations in key overarching physiological processes that take place during the ageing process. Information obtained from these approaches by next generation sequencing and downstream RNA-seq, metagenomics, and genomic bioinformatics analysis will be further used to isolate and characterize new probiotics against ageing-related diseases.

 

Project 2: Role of microbiota to improve nutritional strategies for a healthier ageing

Information from large-scale human cohorts (n=300 and n=1030) with a wide range of age (from 23 to 99 years old) already characterized and to be further characterized by omics profiling will be used to study metabolic pathways affected by ageing, with special attention on gut microbiome. The information provided by these analyses will be further used in preclinical models of ageing to identify and design new oral treatments, including probiotics, postbiotics, or other nutritional and pharmacological approaches, targeting gut microbiota to restore physiological processes that are dysregulated during the ageing process.

 

Project 3: Omics-based approach for understanding ageing

Information from large-scale human cohorts (n=300 and n=1030) with a wide range of age (from 23 to 99 years old) already characterized and to be further characterized by omics profiling will be used to discover associations between gut microbiome, metabolic elements of the gut-brain axis, and cognitive decline. Key elements of the microbiome affected by ageing will be studied in preclinical models to underscore the alterations on the gut-brain axis involved in ageing-related cognitive decline. Information obtained from these approaches by next generation sequencing and downstream RNA-seq, metagenomics, and genomic bioinformatics analysis will be further used to isolate and characterize new psycho-biotics against cognitive and behavioral alterations associated with ageing.

 

Research Fields: Metabolism, Molecular Biology, Applied science

The Researcher will be supervised by Dr. Thi Thu Hao Van (RMIT), Dr. Daniel Dias (RMIT), Dr. Josep Mª Del Bas (EUT) and Dr. Jordi Mayneris Perxachs (IDIBGI).

One position valued at up to 23.725 EUR per annum for 3 years full time, with possibility for 12 month extension.

The remuneration, in line with the European Commission rules for Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant holders, will consist of a gross annual salary of 23.725 EUR gross per year. Of this amount, the estimated net salary to be perceived by the Researcher is 1.380 EUR per month. However, the definite amount to be received by the Researcher is subject to national tax legislation.

Benefits include:

  • 27 days paid holiday leave. 
  • Sick leave. 
  • Parental leave.
  • The candidate will have access to Eurecat facilities and laboratories.
  • 1,000€ yearly travel allowance to cover flights and accommodation to participate in the annual
  • workshop at RMIT Europe in Barcelona/Reus (Spain).
  • 10,000€ allowance to cover flights and living expenses for up to 12 months in Australia

Applications close 19th September 2022.

One scholarship available. 

To apply for REDI, you must comply with the MSCA-COFUND eligibility criteria by the application deadline:  

  • Be in the first four years (Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) research experience of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. FTE Research Experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, AND 
  • Not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your research host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before this call’s deadline. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays is not taken into account. 
  • AND the following criteria:  Hold a master’s OR equivalent degree (for example bachelor’s degree with honours) in a discipline related to the research project of your choice, including a research component that allows you to enrol in a university doctoral programme by January 2023, AND
  • Have evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or professional experience demonstrating that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the chosen project.  AND  
  • Have English level C1 language proficiency. 

In addition to the above, if your application is successful, you will be required to: 

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