Highly specialised Universities and worldwide leading Industrial Partners training network
The SUBLime (SUstainable Building Lime applications via Circular Economy and Biomimetic Approaches) network is firstly dedicated to educate/train researchers in multiple scientific and engineering fields aiming a better understanding and development of sustainable innovation solutions for lime mortars/plasters in new construction and conservation of the built heritage.
The project covers the main features of lime-based applications in the masonry construction (both joints and plastering mortars), including material characterization, numerical non-linear modelling of multi-physics behaviour, functionality and sustainability in lime use, all within a framework of performance-based design. Innovations are focused in both added functionalities and sustainability aspects in lime mortars and plasters, strongly based on novel biomimetic and closed-loop recycling approaches.
SUBLime introduces and develops new sustainable solutions with added functionalities such as self-cleaning, (super-) hydrophobicity, self-healing or enhanced (catalysed) CO2 capture capabilities, and considers closed-loop recycling. As an example, at the end of life (EoL) of a building, unlike cement, lime has compatible strength to allow the masonry to be separated and fully recycled.
The recruited Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will take advantage of the most sophisticated experimental and analytical techniques, as well as numerical tools, to model, design and predict the behaviour of lime-based applications and leveraging the knowledge of the academic and industrial members of this network. Being trained in scientific, technical and soft skills, by direct involvement in the development of novel building lime technologies, these ESRs are the next generation of highly employable scientists and engineers in this sector and related areas.
The research training in the SUBLime network is structured to take full advantage of intensive cooperation between academia, lime producers, mortar/plaster/unit producers, and end-users. This cross-disciplinary approach throughout the SUBLime value chain will dramatically increase the transfer of scientific knowledge to the lime industry in the EU, ensuring social, environmental and product progress.
The main scientific objective of the SUBLime network, in the context of lime-based applications in construction, is to develop/transfer biomimetic-based sustainable technologies targeted to reduce CO2 emissions, to support current and future needs of society, by using advanced computational and experimental multi-scale strategies. The focus is on new construction and conservation of the built heritage.
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.
Benefits and Salary
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent 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 or with children). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on local Supervisor). 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.
The Recruitment and Skill Progress Committee (RSPC) establishes well-defined recruitment criteria to be used by all partners and ensure fairness of selection, in accordance with the Charter & Code for researchers. The pre- and final selection is made in a collective, open, transparent and merit-based process, led by the RSPC. The candidates apply for a maximum of three specific ESR projects and list their order of preference. The supervisors provide the names of their preferred candidates to the RSPC, which in turn produces a shortlist of candidates. As such, a limited number of fellows will be invited to be interviewed, during which, each preselected candidate will have to give a presentation. All preselection and final recruitment will be in line with the European Charter for Researchers. The recruitment strategy of SUBLime fully complies with the Code of Conduct definition of merit.
How to Apply
The application should contain the following documents (all provided in English language):
- ETN-SUBLime ESR application form (download it here) to be filled
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover letter: Refer to ETN-SUBLime project and ESRs Recruitment procedure, indicate clearly the ESR positions to which you are applying with your order of priority (maximum of three). Argue your motivation to apply for these specific ESR position(s). Discuss in bullets your skills which are specifically adapted to the chosen topic, and provide supporting evidence to your arguments.
- Certificate of Master’s Degree (or equivalent) with transcript of records
- Proof of English proficiency
- Recommendation letter(s) from previous supervisors or employers
- List of publications, if applicable
- Manuscript of listed publication, if applicable
- Work experience certificates, if applicable
All official certificates should be provided in their original European language or with an associated official English translation for non-European documents.
In case of open questions, please contact the main supervisor of the ESR you are looking for (see tables below)
All documents should be send by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject: [SUBLime] – recruitment ESR. Application should be sent until the deadline presented in the table below. Additional information can be seen here.