Archivo de julio, 2014

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Opportunities at IOCAG


The Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global (Institute of Oceanography and Global Change), IOCAG, is a research institute that belongs to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). IOCAG arises to structure and coordinate a number of consolidated and interdisciplinary research groups of ULPGC. It is intended to assess the ocean’s role in the climate change, while investigating how this change affects the planet in the singular marine and coastal ecosystems.

IOCAG is seeking candidates to develop funding applications within the Individual Fellowships call (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, MSCA). If the proposals are successful, the research fellows will work on the following topics:

  • Carbon remineralization in the dark ocean: Reconciling biogeochemical rate estimates and ecological measurements

Supervisor: Prof. Javier Arístegui-Ruiz

Job description: One of the main reasons of the poor constrainment of mesopelagic carbon remineralisation in ocean carbon budgets is the discrepancy between ecological and biogeochemical rate estimates, constituting one of the major challenges in order to address the potential role of the deep ocean in sequestering carbon at centennial scales. Here we propose a study combining laboratory experiments and fieldwork to address the variability in oxygen consumption rates, microbial carbon demand and carbon budgets in the Canary Current, an Eastern Boundary Region with large coastal-open ocean gradients in productivity and lateral advection of organic matter.

Requirements: Proficiency/fluency in English language (including writing) and fieldwork experience in biological/physical oceanography. Matlab user.

  • Characterization of eco-anthropic aspects of the Canary Islands’ beach-dunes systems as a key for their sustainable management

Supervisor: Ph.D. Luis Hernández-Calvento

Job description: Urban development associated with tourism, as well as some equipment and services, and the development of certain activities carried out by users, have generated remarkable transformations in sedimentary systems. In this line, some of the latest research emphasize a topic that has not been studied until now, regarding the beach-dune systems of the Canary Islands: the arid climatic conditions in which they occur induce greater natural fragility that similar systems have in other regions of the planet (temperate or tropical). The aim of this project is to characterize some natural processes typical of these environments, analyze the influence of human activity on them, diagnose their condition, and guide future management based on scientific criteria.

Requirements: Excellent English language skills and previous experience in alteration (or disturbance) of coastal processes by human activities.

  • Seasonal Variability of the AMOC: The Canary Current

Supervisor: Prof. Alonso Hernández-Guerra

Job Description: In the proposal, we hypothesize that the seasonal cycle of the Canary Current (CC) and the Canary deep Poleward Undercurrent (CdPU) altogether explains most of the seasonal variability of the eastern component of the AMOC as measured by the RAPID array. We will also address the importance of the meridional pressure gradient between the Mediterranean Outflow Waters and the Antarctic Intermediate Waters to contribute to the seasonal behaviour of the AMOC. To verify the proposed hypothesizes the approach will be mainly observational, carrying out four 12-days cruises and extending a long-term mooring first deployed in 1997. The analysis will be complemented with the analysis of historical data in the area, altimeter data, and data from the Argo ocean Observing network. Data from publically available model simulation will be used to investigate the role of the wind forcing in the developing of the CdPU.

Requirements: At least B2 in English language and some experience in Physical Oceanography.

  • The role of zooplankton and micronekton in the ocean carbon flux. Abundance, biomass and ecophysiology of diel vertical migrants

Supervisor: Prof. Santiago Hernández-León

Job description: In this topic, IOCAG is seeking a research fellow to work in the fields of biological oceanography and ecophysiology of zooplankton and micronekton. The research fellow will join a research group in ecophysiology of zooplankton and micronekton areas. The research will focus on the role of zooplankton and micronekton in the active flux in the ocean. The candidate is expected to work in experiments related to feeding, growth and metabolism, as well as related enzymatic activities.

Requirements: Proficiency/fluency in English language (including writing) and fieldwork experience in biological oceanography are mandatory.

  • Study of the Vertical Oceanic Pump in mesoscale eddies

Supervisor: Dr. Pablo Sangrà Inciarte

Job description: This project will study the dynamics/kinematics of the ageostrophic secondary circulation (ASC) and mixing in surface mesoscale anticyclonic eddies and how they modulate plankton activity, plankton community structure, and accumulation and downward transport of organic matter (the Vertical Oceanic Pump, VOP). The physical and biogeochemical observations and processes will be combined and correlated to derive a conceptual model of the dynamics of the marine system linked to the VOP in mesoscale eddies.

Requirements: Research experience in mesoscale and submesoscale variability, coupled physical-biological processes and excellent skills on programming languages.

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please send us your CV and your motivation letter by e-mail (

The researcher and the supervisor of each topic must develop jointly the proposals, which will be submitted to the topics of the Individual Fellowships (MSCA): European Fellowships (IF-EF) and Global Fellowships (IF-GF).

MSCA-IF Requirements

  • The researcher must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • The researcher must currently be residing outside Spain.
  • The researcher can be of any nationality (including Spanish).
  • 12 or 24 months projects.

Job Details

  • Temporary Contract
  • Full-time (40 hours/week)


Contact details

Instituto de Oceanografía y Cambio Global (IOCAG)

Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Campus Universitario de Tafira

Edificio de Ciencias Básicas

35017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


Tel.: +34 928 454 520





Marie Slodowska-Curie IF – International tendering for experienced researches who want to be hosted at a research-performing organisation (food technology and cereal processing) in Germany.

IGV GmbH is a German Institute for cereals processing and looks for Postdocs that would like to join the IF Marie Curie Action. We offer the possibility to join our company in the area of food technology and cereal processing. The company itself is a SME which is close to Berlin in Germany.

Specific actions could be in the field of:

  1. Procedural alignment with deepening of Food Process Engineering

Project work: EU project calls for experimental development services in engineering / technology for the food industry are preferred with focus on processing of vegetable raw materials

Main tasks: Process development in the field of thermal processes, Control of food production processes using sensor systems

Special knowledge in: Thermal Process Engineering / Process Analysis


  1. Alignment ingredients and their functional interactions in plant food commodities (focus on cereals)

Project work: EU project calls for development services in product and process development for the food industry that focus on processing of vegetable raw materials, preferably cereals.

Main tasks: ingredient-rich interaction mechanisms, enzyme based processes (fermentation), development of raw materials, intermediate and finished products, enrichment and functionalization of food from a nutritional focus

  1. Food technology – Extrusion and Milling

Possible project work:

  •  Specially-malt products (C-malt), which are developed and produced by planetary-extrusion and the generation of applications for new products
  • development of protein-based foods based on legumes (peas, beans, lentils, lupins)
  • Use of the planetary rollers extrusion for product development for different areas of the LM production
  • Product development on the basis of by-products from the LM-production and processing of agricultural crops for product development (food, feed)
  • extraction, analytical characterisation and stabilisation of secondary plant substances as components of functional foods and feed
  • Extraction and application of different types of fibers (fibres, resistant starch, semi digestible starch)

Our main focus:

Our aim of research and development in the field of food technology is the application of drug friendly and resource-saving technologies and the development of innovative products. Our base technologies in the field Extrusion and milling are:

1)     Technical mills grinding and fractionation procedures

  • rollers and pin mills
  • peeler and grinder
  • fine grinding

2)       Extrusion

  • hot extrusion, gelatinisation, pasta making
  • planetary roller extrusion

3)       Drying, tempering, fluidised bed roasting

Marie Curie Actions are funded schemes within the H2020 program. Important to notice is that only experienced researchers can apply. This means you will have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline. The grant provides an allowance to cover your living, travel and family costs. The grant is awarded to your host organisation, usually a university, research centre or a company in Europe. The research costs and overheads of the host organisation(s) are also supported

Duration: 12 – 24 months

Contact Details:

Alexandra Pohl
Senior Manager
International Business, European Services

Brandenburg Economic Development Board
Steinstrasse 104–106
14480 Potsdam/Germany

T +49 331 660-3232
F +49 331 660-3235
M +49 173 6277516



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