URGENT - MSCA-ITN-2018: Innovative Training Networks - two non-academic partners sought

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Summary: 
A UK university are seeking companies to join their Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network bid to explore strategies for understanding intermittent rivers under multiple stressors. Two partners are required, to contribute expertise in 1) assessing molecular response of freshwater communities (biofilm, macroinvertebrates) to environmental stressors, and in 2) assessment of ecological status of intermittent running waters using macroinvertebrate communities.
Description: 
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at a UK University, Department of Biology at Faculty of Science and a Croatian university and institute are seeking non-academic partners (companies, agencies, etc.) to join their Marie Sklodowska- Curie Innovative Training Network bid to explore strategies for understanding intermittent rivers under multiple stressors. The project is dealing with rivers in Europe and how they respond to pollutants and focuses on solving present and future challenges related to science and management of intermittent rivers and streams (IRIS) and multiple stressors impact on water bodies. Challenges like: system understanding of receptors in IRIS under multiple stressors and assessing the impact on aquatic environment will be achieved through integrative interdisciplinary approach. In order to tackle such challenges, several postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD) projects with complementary objectives are planned. For instance, one of the PhD projects would deal with assessing intermittent river biofilm response and assessing intermittent aquatic macroinvertebrates response during different environmentally relevant (e.g. long-term low-dose) multiple stress events. The second would work on development of novel metrics and indices using taxonomy-based and functional traits-based information of macroinvertebrate communities in IRIS. Two partners are required, ideally this would be a company/agency that works in some sort of 1) analytical/instrumental development and biotechnology, and 2) environmental research and monitoring. However all partners will be considered, therefore this is not a must. They seek companies in Europe with expertise in: 1) Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real-time PCR, high-throughput sequencing, proteomic and metabolomics sample preparation and advanced hyphenated mass spectrometry techniques; 2) Methods for assessment of ecological status of running waters using macroinvertebrates, i.e. experience in development/application of metrics based on macroinvertebrate communities (perennial and/or intermittent running waters), database searching and data processing, metrics testing and statistical analyses. The project has a specific requirement where a researcher goes and works for the non-academic partner for 18 months to learn new skills and to add an applied segment to their postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD). The total costs for the researcher (salary and research costs) are covered by the project. However, the non-academic partner is free to involve them in any activity/job that would be beneficial for the PhD (but hopefully for both). The non-academic partner is expected to contribute their expertise to the project via a research collaboration agreement. H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019 TOPIC: Innovative Training Networks “Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks" Call deadline: 15 January 2019 The deadline for expressions of interest: 10 December 2018.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
Non-academic partners must be from a Horizon2020 eligible country (excluding UK) and be of any size e.g. SME, medium, large or R&D institute, agencies. Two non-academic partners are required. They should be able to contribute mostly in expertise in 1) assessing molecular response of freshwater communities (biofilm, macroinvertebrates) to environmental stressors, and in 2) assessment of ecological status of intermittent running waters using macroinvertebrate communities, and this would be done under a research cooperation agreement. Ideally this would be a company/agency that works in some sort of 1) analytical/instrumental development and biotechnology, and 2) environmental research and monitoring. However all partners will be considered, therefore this is not a must.
Stage of Development: 
Proposal under development
External code: 
RDUK20181123001