MANNA - project 07
07es gb

Bacterial, fungal and archaeal components of the gut microbiota and their impact on animal nutrition

Prof. Armand Sanchez Bonastre
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Dr. Mark McLaughlin
University of Glasgow
Prof. Filippa Addis
Porto Conte Ricerche (Italy)
Life Diagnostics (UK)
MetLabs (Slovak Republic)

TAGS: 16S Sequencing; pigs; Deep-Sequencing techniques;



To characterize the microbiome (bacterial, fungal and archaeal) of porcine gut and faecal samples using Deep-sequencing techniques.

Description of the project

The project linked to the Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will characterize the microbiome (bacterial, fungal and archaeal) of porcine gut and faecal samples using Deep-sequencing techniques. The ESR will receive faecal and intestinal samples from pig reared in different conditions coming from studies done by ESR working on other MANNA projects and from additional pigs (2 different breeds) to compare 16S sequencing and deep sequencing for their informative value about the entire gut microbiome and to characterize the microbiome under the different feeding conditions applied in the pig experiments. Experiments on relatedness of gut and faecal samples profiles of the porcine microbiome will also be carried out. Besides metabolomics and proteomics will be applied and data will be evaluated to identify biomarkers for innovative breeding strategies.

The ESR will be enrolled by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (, Spain, under the supervision of Prof. Armand Sanchez Bonastre and will be awarded a Double Doctorate degree in co-tutelle with the University of Glasgow (, UK, under the supervision of Dr Mark McLaughlin. The supervision team is completed a non academic supervisor, Prof Filippa Addis, from Porto Conte Ricerche ( The research will involve secondments to Life Diagnostics (, UK, Porto Conte Ricerche, Italy and MetLabs ( at Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

The selected candidate will participate in the network’s training activities and work placements in the laboratories of the participating academic and industrial partners.

Eligibility criteria are indicated at admission rules page

For the specific ESR 7 position, it will be considered advantageous if the candidate has:

  • Previous master degree (or equivalent) studies in veterinary, agricultural, health and/or life sciences.
  • Thorough knowledge of the basic concepts and tools in animal science
  • Experience in molecular genetics and NGS techniques

The Autonomous University of Barcelona requirements at the moment of enrolment can be found at:


English language proficiency certificate

Not required for admission at UAB. For co-tutelle with the University of Glasgow, applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level, listed at In certain circumstances a previous degree from an English speaking university may be accepted.


Salary and other benefits for the ESR enrolled at the Autonomous University of Barcelona are according to EU-standards for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and national regulations. The living allowance will be €3035,36 per month (gross amount-subject to employers costs, as well as employees tax and insurance) and appointed ESR will be eligible to pay local tax and insurance. Additional benefits are possible in the case of family allowances which will be €500 per month.

Each ESR will also have a Research and Training allowance which will be managed through the Autonomous University of Barcelona. This will cover the participation of researchers in training activities;

  • expenses related to research costs;
  • tuition fees (where applicable).
  • Visa, residency card for the recruited researcher and their family (where applicable)

A mobility allowance is also available. This will contribute to mobility related expenses of the ESR. The amount of the mobility allowance is specified in Table 1 of the MSCA Work Programme and for calls 2018-2020 and will amount to €600 per month.

Required documentation

Please refer to the general required documentation at

Application process

The deadline for application is 21st May 2018 through the completion of the form under the section ‘send your application‘.