Bantry Marine Research Station - Early Stage Researcher (PhD Vacancy)


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BMRS are seeking applications for a #PhDStudent to join their team as an Early Stage Researcher on MSCA DN SEACHEM and will work won ā€œSustainable Biorefinery of Seaweed at Pilot Scale".

DC9: Sustainable biorefinery of seaweed at pilot scale

Project Title: Sustainable biorefinery of seaweed at pilot scale (WP3)

Host Institution: BMRS

Country: Ireland

Supervisor: Julie Maguire (PhD promoter, BMRS), Prof. Raf Dewil (KU Leuven)

Objectives: To develop sustainable procedures for the extraction of bioactive compounds from seaweed without generating biological waste.


Expected Results: Sustainable scaled-up production of bioactive compounds from macroalgae.

Enrolment in Doctoral degree(s):Ā KU Leuven, Arenberg Doctoral School of Science, Engineering and Technology

Planned secondments:

Host:Ā KU Leuven, Supervisor: Raf Dewil,Ā Timing: M20-22,Ā Length: 3 months,Ā Purpose: learning advanced techniques in extraction technologies, more specifically ultrasound and microwave intensified processes.

Host:Ā SPG, Supervisor: Rahimeh N. Monemi ,Ā Timing: M28-31,Ā Length: 3 months,Ā Purpose: training in the processing, analysis and treatment of multivariate data in a 3D spatial grids

Candidate requirements:

  • You hold a masterā€™s degree in chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, bioscience engineering or a related field and you thrive in a multidisciplinary research environment.
  • You have a solid knowledge of extraction processes.
  • You are ambitious, well organized and have excellent communication skills.
  • You speak and write fluent English and have the ability to work effectively and collaboratively.
  • You are an enthusiastic and motivated person, ready to participate in personal training, international travel and public awareness activities.
  • You have demonstrated your commitment to high quality research.


The candidate must have a degree in a relevant biological discipline, preferably in the area of biochemistry.

Specific requirements:

Desirable Experience in:

  • Extraction techniques for seaweeds
  • Bioactive compounds
  • Completion of research activities to achieve the required quality and meeting deadlines set
  • Designing and building pilot scale systems
  • Statistical analysis

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent organisational skills, the ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously, and to organise and prioritise own work with training schedule
  • Excellent communication skills with clear evidence of effective presentation skills, report-writing skills, and the ability to converse authoritatively and persuasively with a range of stakeholders at all levels

Other essential criteria:

  • The ability and willingness to travel regularly
  • The ability to live and work in a rural remote area

For more information or to apply, please see their Linked In page here.