Talent4BBI is the first industry led PhD MSCA programme in Ireland, managed by BiOrbic, the Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre located in University College Dublin (UCD). The programme brings together a pan-European network of 10 industry and 8 academic partners across 8 Member States and 1 Associated Country. Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be located in Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden Netherlands and Belgium.

The primary aim of Talent4BBI is to train a cohort of 11 highly skilled industry-ready ESRs equipped to lead the future of the European bio-based industry sector.

This programme provides a unique opportunity for the ESRs to develop key skills, competencies and experience required by the bio-based industries through a targeted training programme for future bioeconomy leaders.

During the 60-month programme duration, the 11 ESRs will undertake 48 month PhDs co-hosted by industry and academia. Three additional industry partners will actively participate and contribute their expertise through summer and winter school training events.

The programme structure offers a unique opportunity for graduates to thrive in both industrial and academic research settings while also enhancing the ESR’s career opportunities in line with the MSCA COFUND work programme objectives. Talent4BBI’s selection process will be guided by principles of openness, transparency, merit, impartiality, and equality for the ESRs.

Talent4BBI will directly impact the European Research Area by developing a highly qualified and career-driven talent pool, driving effective cooperation between industry and academia, and boosting the development of bio-based industries. The call will open in November 2021.

Talent4BBI single recruitment call to attract 11 ESR’s opened on 30th November 2021 at 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET) and will run for a period of 2 months. Closing date – January 31st 2022 at 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET) . The selection process will take approximately 15 weeks and aims to conclude at the end of April 2022.

It is planned that successful ESR’s will be informed 1st week of May 2022 and will have sufficient time to arrange relocation to the host country to start their projects in September 2022 (expected ESR end date August 2026).

Below are the ESR PhD positions available with the details linked.

All applicants must read the application guideline and apply via the submission portal , both of which can be found below.

ESR PhD positions

ESR PhD 1

Title – Yeast bioprocess development using systems and synthetic biology.

Industry – Alltech

Academic – UCD

Country location – Ireland

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ESR PhD 2

Title – Development of new lignocellulosic biomass valorisation processes to supply the petrochemical industry with sustainable carbon.

Industry – Bloom

Academic – EPFL

Country location – Switzerland

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ESR PhD 3

Title – Development of bioprocesses for the bioeconomy using continuous manufacturing.

Industry – Bionet

Academic – UCD

Country location – Spain

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ESR PhD 4

Title – Transition to a biobased economy: prospective LCA as a tool for critical guidance in technology development.

Industry – Italbiotec

Academic – Chalmers

Country location – Sweden

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ESR PhD 5

Title – Production of lactic acid by a yeast-like fungus.

Industry – Corbion

Academic – RWTH-Aachen

Country location – Netherlands

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ESR PhD 6

Title – Fermentative lactate production from lignocellulosic feedstocks by a thermophilic microorganism

Industry – Corbion

Academic – Wageningen

Country location – Netherlands

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ESR PhD 7

Title – Enzyme development for sustainable production of pharmaceutical ingredients.

Industry – EnzyPep

Academic – Groningen

Country location – Netherlands

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ESR PhD 8

Title – Novel catalytic routes towards carbon efficient lignocellulose biorefineries.

Industry – Sappi

Academic – KU Leuven

Country location – Belgium

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ESR PhD 9

Title – How to affect change on farms for the benefit of farmers, their communities and the environment through the use of emerging knowledge and tools of the modern bioeconomy.

Industry – Glanbia Ireland

Academic – Teagasc & UCD

Country location – Ireland

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ESR PhD 10

Title – Fungal fermentation process development.

Industry – Mbio

Academic – UCD

Country Location – Ireland

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ESR PhD 11

Title – Increasing the efficiency of downstream processes that valorise dairy side streams.

Industry – Carbery

Academic – UCD

Country Location – Ireland

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Application Guide

Submission Portal

All applications are to be entered via our dedicated portal. Any queries on the submission system should be directed to the Programme Manager using the contact page.

The Talent4BBI partners bring a wealth of experience as past coordinators of 8 MSCA COFUND projects and 65 MSCA ITN programmes.

All industry partners hosting and recruiting researchers are contributing financially to Talent4BBI.

Each academic partner has purpose-built research laboratories where ESRs can leverage the equipment and knowledge of leading bioeconomy researchers. The industrial partners have world-class research lab facilities and are leaders in their fields –Sappi Global are a leading sustainable woodfibre producer; Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives. In 2018 and 2019, Glanbia won a GradIreland recruitment award for ‘Best Graduate Training and Development Programme’. In 2018, Corbion won best ‘Learning Organization’ at the AWVN (Dutch employers’ association).

Talent4BBI will also leverage the expertise of biotechnology leaders Biopolis, Novamont and key EU bioeconomy consortium BIC as training partners (contributing in-kind). Talent4BBI’s 7 academic institutions are all in the top 200 universities in the world, according to the QS ranking body 2021. Four universities (Leuven, EPFL, Wageningen, Groningen) are in the top 100 in the Times Higher Education 2021 rankings. Chalmers maintains the highest reputation in Sweden. In 2019, Wageningen University secured first place in the QS subject rankings for “Agriculture and Forestry” for the fourth consecutive year; BiOrbic Bioeconomy Research Centre is Ireland’s national centre for bioeconomy research; and the Blank Lab in Aachen is an innovator in the use of microbes for the benefit of the environment, society and the economy.

Talent4BBI is designed to reflect the four Strategic Orientation of the Strategic Innovation and Research Agenda (SIRA).

Some of the key aims are:

-Holistic understanding of the bioeconomy.

-Connect scientific and technical knowledge.

-Bespoke training with industry facing focus.

The consortium is made up of 10 industry and 8 academic partners across 8 Member States and 1 Associated Country.

Talent4BBI Project Coordinator

Professor  Kevin O’Connor

Talent4BBI Project Manager

Cathy Quinn.


Please click the below button to access answers to some frequently asked questions.

If you require further details on anything or have any other questions, please contact the Talent4BBI Project Manager, Cathy Quinn.

Email: Talent4BBI@biorbic.com 

Phone: +353 1 716 2900