PhD Training Programme

Project AROMAGENESIS aims to train the next generation of researchers in the biochemistry and genetics of flavour production in yeasts used in wine and beer fermentations.

Project Aromagenesis

Project AROMAGENESIS aims to train the next generation of researchers in the biochemistry and genetics of flavour production in yeasts used in wine and beer fermentations, to generate new strains of yeasts with improved or more varied flavour profiles and to develop novel approaches to expanding flavour profiles through co-fermentation of different yeast and/or bacterial species.

The network will provide a comprehensive education in yeast genetics, synthetic biology, flavour chemistry and fermentation technology for Early Stage Researchers through individual mentored research training in both academic and industrial institutions, through inter- and intra-sectoral exchanges and secondments and academic workshops.
The successful candidate is expected to perform a research project according to the proposed work packages of AROMAGENESIS with the objective of preparing a PhD dissertation.

AROMAGENESIS brings together a unique multidisciplinary team of 10 research groups, from academia and industry in 7 EU countries, with expertise in yeasts used in the beverage industry and in the analysis of flavour profiles of fermented beverages.

Elibibility criteria for ESRs:

Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
Mobility Rule: at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date.

Requirements

  • You hold a Master degree (with Distinction) or 4-Year First Class or High II (1) Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Genetics, Biology, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Bio-engineering Sciences or equivalent.
  • You pass the eligibility criteria for Marie Curie Actions (see below)
  • You have good oral and written communication skills in English.
  • You have been immersed in a Microbiology or Molecular Biology setting and thus acquired basic microbiological and molecular-biological technical skills, e.g. cloning, transformation, PCR, DNA purification.
  • You have good organisational and planning skills.
  • You are stimulated by challenging scientific and technical problems and have a highly motivated, persistent and result-driven attitude.
  • You are able to work well both independently and in a team environment, with a sense of responsibility.

We offer

  • A full-time position as a ESR/PhD researcher for 3 years, during which a PhD dissertation is prepared, provided positive evaluation.
  • A dynamic and stimulating research environment.
  • Collaboration with other research groups both nationally and internationally, e.g. for transfer of knowledge and technical skills.
  • Support in the development of transferable skills.

Salary

Fixed based on EU provisions within the ITN AROMAGENESIS.
 

Application Information

Candidates should submit via the form below:

  • Cover Letter (1x A4 page) including a statement of reason and motivation for pursuing a PhD degree
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • The names of two referees.

Length of contract:

3 years
 

Project Title

Quantification of vitality in novel heterozygotes S. cerevisiae industrial strains
 

Host

Singer Instruments, UK
 

Institution

University of Manchester
 

Lead

Dr. Harry Singer

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