OPEN PhD POSITIONS in European Training Network

We are looking for dedicated and highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESR), who will join our team to craft the future of lime mortars/plasters in new construction and conservation of the built heritage. The details of each position are presented below, as well as the general and specific requirements for each of them.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

Recruitment Committee

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: applications@sublime-etn.eu, with the subject: [SUBLime] – recruitment ESR. Application should be sent until the deadline presented in the table below.  Additional information can be seen here.

Available positions

ESR

ESR Project

Host Institution

Application Deadline

Application Status

Expected Start Date

Details

ESR1
Extending a microstructural simulation framework towards lime-based materials
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (TU Delft), Netherlands
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR1
Extending a microstructural simulation framework towards lime-based materials
Host Institution: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (TU Delft), Netherlands
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR2
From microstructural features to estimation of physical/mechanical properties at micro-scale and meso-scale (paste and mortar level)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (TU Delft), Netherlands
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR2
From microstructural features to estimation of physical/mechanical properties at micro-scale and meso-scale (paste and mortar level)
Host Institution: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (TU Delft), Netherlands
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR3
Lime-based mortars and plasters with added functionality: a biomimetic approach
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (UGR), Spain
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR3
Lime-based mortars and plasters with added functionality: a biomimetic approach
Host Institution: UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (UGR), Spain
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR4
New CO2 capture solutions on lime-based mortars
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (UGR), Spain
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR4
New CO2 capture solutions on lime-based mortars
Host Institution: UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (UGR), Spain
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR5
Self-healing in lime based mortars
UNIVERSITEIT GENT (UGent), Belgium
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR5
Self-healing in lime based mortars
Host Institution: UNIVERSITEIT GENT (UGent), Belgium
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR6
New possibilities of recycling and new admixtures in lime-based mortar
UNIVERSITEIT GENT (UGent), Belgium
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR6
New possibilities of recycling and new admixtures in lime-based mortar
Host Institution: UNIVERSITEIT GENT (UGent), Belgium
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR7
Fresh properties and early age behaviour of lime-based mixtures for masonry
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR7
Fresh properties and early age behaviour of lime-based mixtures for masonry
Host Institution: UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR8
Industry oriented experimental techniques for lime based materials and structures
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR8
Industry oriented experimental techniques for lime based materials and structures
Host Institution: UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR9
Cradle-to-grave sustainability of novel lime-based materials
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT (TUDA), Germany
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR9
Cradle-to-grave sustainability of novel lime-based materials
Host Institution: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT (TUDA), Germany
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR10
3D multi-scale structural characterization and long-term performance related to efflorescence
UNIVERSITEIT GENT (UGent), Belgium
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR10
3D multi-scale structural characterization and long-term performance related to efflorescence
Host Institution: UNIVERSITEIT GENT (UGent), Belgium
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR11
Thermo-physical and short term mechanical properties of lime-based mortars: upscaling from micro to macro scale
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR11
Thermo-physical and short term mechanical properties of lime-based mortars: upscaling from micro to macro scale
Host Institution: UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR12
Bridging from micro to macro scale on durability and long term mechanical properties including irreversible expansion
POLITECHNIKA SLASKA (SUT), Poland
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR12
Bridging from micro to macro scale on durability and long term mechanical properties including irreversible expansion
Host Institution: POLITECHNIKA SLASKA (SUT), Poland
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR13
Large scale testing & simulation - shrinkage & expansion
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR13
Large scale testing & simulation - shrinkage & expansion
Host Institution: UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UMINHO), Portugal
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR14
Behaviour of masonry made of lime-based mortars based on large scale testing & simulation – subsoil settlements & earthquake
POLITECHNIKA SLASKA (SUT), Poland
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR14
Behaviour of masonry made of lime-based mortars based on large scale testing & simulation – subsoil settlements & earthquake
Host Institution: POLITECHNIKA SLASKA (SUT), Poland
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021
ESR15
Cradle-to-cradle sustainability of lime based constructions systems
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT (TUDA), Germany
14/09/2020
Open
01/05/2021
ESR15
Cradle-to-cradle sustainability of lime based constructions systems
Host Institution: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT (TUDA), Germany
Application deadline: 14/09/2020
Application status: Open
Expected start date: 01/05/2021