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9 PhD positions available in UK (The University of Nottingham), Poland (University of Zielona Góra), and the Netherlands (University of Twente).

Please Note: Please read the following information carefully and the associated information for the individual Institutions (links at bottom of the page). If you are then interested in applying, Please email the required documents, making clear which Institution(s) you are interested in, to: recruitment@scent-itn.orgApplications 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.


Applications are Invited for 9 PhD Positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “SCENT - Smart Cities EMC Network for Training” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. SCENT is a consortium of three universities, supported by 12 industrial entities, in the United Kingdom, Poland and the Netherlands. Each of the 9 ESRs will be working towards a unique joint PhD degree awarded by all three universities, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximizes both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration. The 9 SCENT 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 – Power Quality 

SCENT Project Abstract and Key Project Information  The global vision of Smart and Sustainable Cities is greatly restricted by the rapid increase of interference and interoperability problems which occur through the interaction of electrical power with information technology and communications equipment. This interconnected systems-of-systems infrastructure creates a complex electromagnetic environment in which interoperability of the electronic systems has to be achieved. There is an urgent need to conduct greater understanding in Power Quality (PQ) and (conducted) Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) due to the changing dynamics of the field. The main issue is the insufficient number of qualified engineers for the latest developments in smart cities, renewable generation and electric vehicles. A highly trained cadre of engineers (a new breed) is required to lead this area. To date no specific doctoral programme in this field is available in Europe resulting in well trained researchers and engineers being scarce. SCENT will create a network to train highly skilled engineers through an integrated doctoral training program based on the essential research required in PQ and EMC that can underpin all future technological developments, strongly linked to industry, and bridging the gap between research and industry for translation of new knowledge. Designed into the project are specific innovations with methodologies to optimize the design of power distribution networks inside buildings and industrial plants, as well as transport systems, with respect to compatibility (no interference) and efficiency in the distribution networks and connected electronic systems. The partners of the network consist of leaders in these fields and relevant industrial stakeholders resulting in a unique and effective network in Europe and globally. Dissemination methods to realize optimal impact will include scientific publications, workshops, training of engineers in industry, and dissemination through newsletters, interviews, social media.   

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. SCENT is closely aligned with the high-priority areas of the EU, addressing many Horizon 2020 thematics. But the most important output of SCENT will be 9 well qualified people who have been trained to tackle many of the problems now being faced by European industry.  

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. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments at other universities and industry, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. 

On-line Recruitment Procedure  All applications proceed through the on-line recruitment portal on the SCENT website: www.scent-itn.org. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed CV 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 deadline for the on-line registration is 30 September 2018. 



  • 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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