MANNA - project 08
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Effect of dietary lipids on porcine meat quality (intramuscular fat content and composition)

Prof. Armand Sanchez Bonastre
Autonomous University of Barcelona
Prof. Giovanni Savoini
University of Milan
University of Glasgow
Harriet Scott
RAFT Solutions (UK)
MetLabs (Slovak Republic)

TAGS: lipid; RNASeq; pig;



The project linked to the ESR will study the effects dietary lipid composition on meat quality of the pig and associate this finding to the genetics of the pig.

Description of the project

In a first experiment, changes in the muscular miRNOme and transcriptome from pigs fed with diets enriched with either saturated or unsaturated fatty acid will be determined by RNAseq. The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will also characterize the intramuscular fat content with a near-infrared transmittance device and muscle fat by gas chromatography, and will participate in an in vitro study carried out with other MANNA ESR projects. Metabolomics and proteomics will also be carried out on serum and muscle samples. Results will be compared with phenotypic and genomic data obtained in previous projects performed at UAB in different breeds and translated into commercial products and 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 Milan (, Italy, under the supervision of Prof. Giovanni Savoini. The supervision team is completed a non academic supervisor from Harriet Scott, from RAFT Solutions. The research will involve secondments to University of Glasgow (, to RAFT Solutions, UK, (, 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 8 position, it will be considered advantageous if the candidate has:

  • Previous master degree studies in veterinary, agricultural, health and/or life sciences.
  • Thorough knowledge of the basic concepts and tools in animal science
  • Experience in molecular genetics 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 Milan, applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide one of the English language proficiency certificate accepted by the University of Milan, listed at


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‘.