Candidates should fulfil the following essential criteria:
Specific requirements of the MSCA programme:
– Have less than 4 years research experience (Early Stage Researcher) at the signature of the contract (measured from the time the Master’s degree has been obtained).
– Not have a PhD yet.
– Not have resided or carried out main activity in the host country for more than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the reference recruitment date.
– A good BSc, Diploma and/or a Master Degree in Biosciences, Ecology, Genetics or a related discipline.
– Excellent command of the English language (spoken and written / proficiency level).
– Eligibility according to EU regulations
For more details on individual projects and how to apply, click on each one of the Fellow links (ESR1-8).
1. Development of molecular methods (metabarcoding, eDNA) for early detection of a range of freshwater and marine invasive species, including some of the world’s worst aquatic invaders (Table 1)
2. Development of a smartphone app (AquaInvaders) for the early detection of AIS using volunteers as part of a citizen science programme
3. Laboratory and field calibration of molecular methods in a range of freshwater and marine systems in the UK, Spain and Italy
4. Recommendations and guidelines for the use of molecular methods and citizen science in the early detection of aquatic invasive species in freshwater (ESR1) and marine (ESR5) environments
1. Identification of physical and ecological constraints for the survival of AIS, chiefly fishing gear and sports equipment in freshwater (ESR2
), and ballast water, sediments and floating objects in the marine environment (ESR6), transferable to AIS introduced through similar vectors
2. Inventory of AIS arriving to selected freshwater and marine systems in the three participating countries, estimates of optimal conditions for invasion and dispersal
3. Mapping the main routes of introduction, based on traffic research, meta-barcoding profiles (from ESR1 and ESR5) and experimental releases of tagged objects and controlled trials
4. Develop recommendations and guidelines for identifying vectors of introduction and pathways of spread of selected freshwater ad marine invaders
1. Quantification of current ecological and socio-economic impacts of selected freshwater (ESR3, ESR7) and marine invaders (ESR3, ESR7)
2. Assessment of likely impacts of selected AIS under a range of future climate and environmental scenarios
3. Develop recommendations and guidelines for estimating AIS impacts in freshwater and marine environments
1. Model and assess the risk of invasion for a range of freshwater (ESR4) and marine (ESR8) invaders
2. Field-test a range of different control and mitigation measures to prevent the spread of selected AIS
3. Simulate and assess the efficiency of different control and mitigation measures under different environmental scenarios of climate change, dispersal and propagule pressure
4. Develop recommendations and guidelines for mitigating biological and socio-economic impacts caused by freshwater and marine invaders
5. Develop predictive models for the identification of vulnerable areas