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Bio-inspired and bionic materials for enhanced photosynthesis

Three ESR positions still available to join our Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (Call:H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019) “Bio-Inspired and Bionic Materials for Enhanced Photosynthesis” (BEEP) with a latest starting date in October 2020 for a period of three years.

The BEEP project provides research and training opportunities for early-stage researchers in the field of bio-mimetic approaches for light management.  Scientifically, BEEP aims to i) unravel the fundamental strategies of light management in macroalgae, corals with symbiotic microalgae and bacteria, as well as sea-slugs with sequestered chloroplasts, and ii) to apply such knowledge for creating novel artificial and bionic photosynthetic systems. The network unites 9 beneficiaries and 8 partner organisations from both the academic and industrial sectors from 6 countries (United Kingdom, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Denmark, USA). More information about the network can be found at

Research within the network encompasses a number of disciplines ranging from organic, inorganic, physical chemistry to the material and biological sciences. In addition, inter-sectorial collaboration is promoted through short- and long-term secondments between academic and non-academic participants. The aim of the research programme is to provide the ESRs with the practical skills and knowledge so that they can perform top-level research, both in the academic and non-academic sectors. The network-wide training programme consists of workshops and schools. It has been specifically designed to equip the researchers with a balance of research-related and transferable skills, which will enhance their career perspectives. The ESRs will also have the opportunity to enrol for a PhD.

We are looking for highly motivated researchers with an excellent academic background in Chemistry, Material Science, Biology and Physics.

Applicants must at the time of recruitment:

1) Have a BSc and a MSc or equivalent in Chemistry, Physics, Biology or a related discipline

2) Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers

3) Have not been awarded a doctoral degree

4) Have not resided in the country of the host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the last 3 years

Description of Projects:

Application procedure:

Interested candidates should send an application containing:

  1. A short 1-2 page CV
  2. A letter of motivation stating clearly which position (ESRX) and/or project title the candidate is interested in
  3. Names and contact  details of two referees willing to write confidential letters of recommendation

The complete application must be sent by email directly to i) the desigated supervisor of the project that you are interested in, ii) the network coordinator Dr.  Silvia Vignolini  (,and iii) to Prof. Luisa De Cola ( by deadline specified in the advert.