Applications are invited for 12 PhD positions (“Doctoral Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network “PARASOL – European Doctoral Network for Safe and Sustainable ElectroMagnetic Shielding Solutions for Mobility” The consortium groups 6 hiring Universities: TU Eindhoven (NL), University of Twente (NL), KU Leuven (BE), Tomáš Baťa University (CZ), University of York (UK) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ES). Together, these universities have a proven track record in the management of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Material Engineering, Sustainability Management, and System-Safety Engineering, and are the leaders in their field in Europe. 16 Industrial Partners are completing the Doctoral Network, and representing the complete life cycle of (future) shielding solutions dedicated to Mobility: starting with development of Innovative Material (DSM, Dycomet), design and packaging of Integrated Chips and Power Switches (NXP, CITC, Dynex), Interconnects and Cables design (Ferristorm, Radiotechnika, Schlegel) and, to ensure completeness of the traning program, all means of transport with cars (Jaguar-Land-Rover, Ford, Lotus), trains (Siemens), planes (NLR, Evektor) and ships (Thales).
Each of the 12 DRs will be trained to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with a new mindset tuned towards the inclusion of the Safe and Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD) framework - a holistic approach that integrates the safety, circularity, energy efficiency and functionality of materials, products, and processes throughout their lifecycle – into the design of innovative shielding solutions for mobility. For this inclusion to occur, each DR will develop through their research the missing dedicated materials, tools and techniques, and apply them to a representative set of shielding solutions under development. This hands-on training is supplemented with several scientific professional courses and an immersive training where the DRs can fine-tune their skills for the Jobs of tomorrow, while addressing the societal challenges of the PARASOL program.
Benefits and salary
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Doctoral Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance, and a family allowance (if applicable). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e., EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin). Position DR5 and DR9 are exceptions to these conditions and will be directly funded by UKRI (Public Body for Innovation and Research in UK).
In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills for the Jobs of Tomorrow acquired through a unique immersive learning.
Applicants need to fully respect the following eligibility and mobility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass CV):
- Supported researchers must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
- Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. For 'International European Research Organisations' (IERO), 'international organisations', or entities created under Union law, the researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment in the same appointing organisation. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent by the researcher as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not considered.
Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible.
- Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- Materials Engineering
- Safety Engineering
- System Engineering
- Sustainability Management.
Electromagnetic Interference – Electromagnetic Compatibility – Shielding Materials - Medical Equipment – Risk Analysis – Risk Reduction – Safety Assurance
Doctorate Researcher (DR) i.e., not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
All applications proceed first through the online recruitment portal on the www.parasol-project.eu website. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including:
- a detailed CV (Europass form obligatory)
- a motivation letter
- transcripts of bachelor and master’s degree.
During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (cf. DR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency). The deadline for the online registration is 30 Sept. 2022. The PARASOL Recruitment Committee selects between 24 and maximum 30 candidates for the Recruitment Event which will take place in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) (Beginning November 2022). The selected candidates provide a 20-minute presentation and are interviewed by the Recruitment Committee. Candidates will be given a domain-relevant peer-reviewed paper (prior to the recruitment event) by their prioritized Supervisor(s) and will be asked questions about this paper during the interview to check if the candidate has the right background/profile for the DR position. Prior to the recruitment event, skype interviews between the Supervisor(s) and the candidates are recommended, along with online personality tests. If local circumstances in the country of residence of a candidate or supervisor do not allow for travels (e.g due to COVID-19 restrictions), a good quality digital connection will need to be organised. The final decision on who to recruit is communicated shortly after the Recruitment Event (estimated Mid November 2022). The selected DRs are to start their research as quickly as possible (targeted date: 1 March 2023).