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15 PhD positions in EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ETN on ElectroMagnetic Risk Management (PETER)
PETER’s main goal is to train 15 early-stage researchers (ESRs) in topics related to the development of hightechnology systems that maintain reliability and safety over their full life-cycle, despite these systems being subjected to severe and complex EMI threats.
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Application deadline: Mar 17
Location: Bruges, Belgium
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15 PhD positions in EU Horizon 2020 MSCA ETN on ElectroMagnetic Risk Management (PETER)

Applications are invited for 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “PETER – Pan-European Training, Research & Education Network on Electromagnetic Risk Management” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. The PETER Beneficiaries are 6 high-technology companies, including Barco and Melexis (BE), Nedap and RHM (NL), MIRA (UK), and Valeo (FR), 2 non-university research institutes, WIS and FHG (GE), and 5 universities, KU Leuven (BE), LUH (GE), UTwente (NL), UoY (UK), and ESEO (FR). The consortium is completed by 6 Partner Organisations that include 4 companies, a hospital and a university (see Figure 1). Overall, PETER has some of the best of European industry and the key academic players, guaranteeing an exciting interdisciplinary, intersectoral research-and-training programme. Each of the 15 ESRs will be working towards a PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximizes both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. The 15 PETER ESRs will not only receive state-of-the-art science/technology training but will also benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme. This will kick-start their careers as highly employable professionals tackling challenges across many industrial sectors comprising, but not limited to, automotive, robotics, nautical, aviation, and medical industry.

Required Profiles: ElectroMagnetic Compatibility, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, System Engineering, Applied Physics, Safety Engineering, Communication Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Embedded System Engineering, Marine Engineering



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 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). 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.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to demonstrated in the Europass cv):

1. 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.

2. Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake transnational 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.

3. 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.

Selection process

All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment portal on the website. 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), a motivation letter and transcripts of bachelor and master degree2. During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (cf. ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency). The deadline for the on- line registration is March 17, 2019. The PETER Recruitment Committee selects between 20 and maximum 30 candidates for the Recruitment Event which will take place in Bruges (Belgium) (May 15, 2019). 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 prioritised Supervisor and will be asked questions about this paper during the interview to check if the candidate has the right background/profile for the ESR position. Prior to the recruitment event, skype interviews between the Supervisors and the candidates are recommended, along with on- line personality tests. In order to facilitate their travel, selected candidates (from outside Belgium) receive a fixed, lump sum of 250 euro (paid by the prioritised Supervisor). In order to avoid delays in reimbursements, candidates are asked to keep all invoices and tickets (cf. train, plane, hotel...). The final decision on who to recruit is communicated shortly after the Recruitment Event (estimated May 16, 2019). The selected ESRs are to start their research as quickly as possible (target date: Sept 1, 2019).

Additional comments

Research Fields

Electrical/Electronic Engineering – Reliability Engineering - Safety Engineering – System Engineering – Software Engineering – Communications Engineering - Risk Management – Physics – Safety Critical Systems


Electromagnetic Interference – Electromagnetic Compatibility - Functional Safety – Safety Assurance - Risk Analysis - Dependability – Trustworthy Systems – Automotive – Medical Equipment – Vessels – Critical Infrastructure

Career Stage

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) or 0-4 yrs (Post Graduate)

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