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12 PhD positions in the EU Horizon Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project ETOPIA


Applications are invited for 12 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “ETOPIA - European Training network Of PhD researchers on Innovative EMI analysis and power Applications’’ within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. ETOPIA is a consortium of six universities, supported by 12 industrial entities, in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, Italy and Romania. Each of the 12 ESRs will be working towards a unique joint PhD degree awarded by all six universities, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximizes both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration. The 12 ETOPIA ESRs will not only receive state-of-the-art science/technology training but will also benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme.

Research Fields Electromagnetic Compatibility

Please Note: Please read the following information carefully and if you are then interested in applying, Please email the required documents, making clear which Institution(s) you are interested in, to: etopia-vacancies@utwente.nlApplications should include the following documents: 

• A one-page letter motivating a) why you want to do a Ph.D.; b) why are you applying for this specific position; c) why do you consider yourself a suitable candidate for this position;  

• A list of three achievements in your life that you are proud of;  

• A detailed CV listing education, work experience, publications, relevant other activities and coordinates of up to three referees;  

• An academic transcript of B.Sc. and M.Sc. education;  

• A copy of academic works such as papers or M.Sc. thesis;  

• A high TOEFL (> 90 or 100) or IELTS (> 6.5 or 7) score certificate.


Career Stage  Early Stage Researcher (ESR). That means: within 4 years after receiving the Master of Science degree, or less than 4 years research experience since receiving the M.Sc. degree. Please do NOT apply if you are not eligible! 


Participating Universities At every university 2 ESRs will be employed. However, ALL ESRs have to visit several other universities, attend summer schools, and receive training from all universities. The universities are: 

University of Twente, the Netherlands

University of Craiova, Romenia

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany

University of Zielona Gora, Poland

The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom


Key dates:

7 January 2019: Launch of 12 ESR Positions

31 March 2019: Deadline for on-line application for the Recruitment Event

1 April 2019: Circulation list “ETOPIA preselected candidates”

30 April 2019: Invitation for Recruitment event

30 April 2019: deadline for on-line application, waiting list

17-18 May 2019: ETOPIA Recruitment Event

18 May 2019: Circulation list “recruited ETOPIA ESRs”

1 September 2019: Targeted starting date for ESR contracts


Recruitment Procedure  All applications proceed via the on-line channels. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed CV - Europass format obligatory - and motivation letter. During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (cf. ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency). The ETOPIA Recruitment Committee selects upto 20 candidates for the Recruitment Event which will take place in Amsterdam on 17 and 18 May 2019. The selected candidates provide a sharp-15-minute presentation and are interviewed by the Recruitment Committee. Only in exceptional cases the interview is done via Skype. The final decision on who to recruit is communicated on 18 May. The selected ESRs are to start their research on 1 September 2019. 


Benefits and salary  The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage 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 married). 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). 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 courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. 

Applicants need to fully respect all three eligibility criteria (to demonstrated in the Europass cv) Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.  

Conditions of international mobility of researchers Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.  

English language Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Intersectoral and multi-disciplinary training  To help the ESRs put what they have learned during their research and S/T training into practice in their future careers, they will also receive soft-skills training to help them communicate effectively at all levels and become sought-after recruits. ETOPIA is closely aligned with the high-priority areas of the EU, addressing many Horizon 2020 thematics. But the most important output of ETOPIA will be 12 well qualified people who have been trained to tackle many of the problems now being faced by European industry.  

Intersectoral and multi-disciplinary training  To help the ESRs put what they have learned during their research and S/T training into practice in their future careers, they will also receive soft-skills training to help them communicate effectively at all levels and become sought-after recruits. ETOPIA is closely aligned with the high-priority areas of the EU, addressing many Horizon 2020 thematics. But the most important output of ETOPIA will be 12 well qualified people who have been trained to tackle many of the problems now being faced by European industry.  






  • Opportunities at the University of Twente click here
  • Opportunities at the University of Nottingham click here
  • Opportunities at the University of Zielona Góra click here

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