MEMO2: MEthane goes MObile – MEsurements and MOdelling
3 PhD positions within European ITN project MEMO2
MEMO2: MEthane goes MObile – MEsurements and MOdelling
MEMO2 is an international and interdisciplinary consortium, involving more than 20 participants from 7 countries.
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Published: 2 months ago
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Location: Utrecht, Netherlands
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3 PhD positions within European ITN project MEMO2

MEMO2

is a European Training Network (MSCA-ETN) and involves 9 academic partners and 13 companies in Sweden, Poland, Germany, The United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, and The Netherlands. As mitigation of climate change is a key scientific and societal challenge, MEMO2 will contribute by focusing on methane (CH4), one of Europe’s most important sources of energy. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) agreed to limit global warming “well below” 2oC and, if possible, below 1.5oC. Reaching this target requires massive reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, far beyond the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions. CH4 emissions are a major contributor to Europe’s global warming impact, but Europe’s CH4 emissions are not well quantified. Effective emission reduction can only be achieved if sources are properly quantified, and mitigation efforts are verified.

We will identify and evaluate methane emissions and support mitigation measures by

I) developing new and advanced mobile methane measurements tools and networks,
II) isotopic source identification, and
III) modelling at different scales.

MEMO2 will bridge the gap between large-scale scientific estimates from in situ monitoring programs and the ‘bottom-up’ estimates of emissions from local sources that are used in the national reporting.

The project aims also to educate a new generation of “cross–thinking” scientists, which are able to effectively implement novel measurement and modelling tools in an interdisciplinary and intersectoral context.

Each candidate will be employed at one of the universities and enrolled in a local PhD programme, while at the same time being part of an integrated research team and research project at network level.

The starting date for all positions is preferably between April and August 2017. The positions are full-time for 3 years.

Qualifications

The PhD program of MEMO2 is ambitious and demands highly motivated candidates, with a strong background in fields requested for the individual projects and excellent English language skills (spoken and written). A unique feature of ETN´s is the combination of research and training units, which includes the opportunity to perform secondments of several weeks or months at the facilities of other consortium members. Candidates will benefit from a dedicated training program in the various fields of expertise of the consortium members and also from this network of internationally recognized scientists and private companies. Candidates must be willing to travel abroad for secondments and measurement campaigns, and to present their research to an international research community. As this project requires close collaboration within the consortium, candidates are expected to be excellent team players. MSCA-ETN projects are part of Horizon 2020 and offer attractive salaries and working conditions following the conditions as described in the respective work programs.

Individual PhD projects

The links direct you to the announcement of the project website. Please find more information about the projects and the application procedure there.

As this is an EU H2020 project, the following eligibility criteria needs to be fulfilled:

  1. Researchers may be of any nationality, BUT may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation they are applying to for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the reference date of recruitment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.
  2. At the date of recruitment the researcher must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Full-time equivalent research experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded) – even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged

If it is not evident from the application that the above criteria are met, please include an explanation as part of your application.

Further details can be found in the European Commission's Participant Portal, where a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are assembled.

Application

Please make sure that the criteria specified in the individual calls are met. These may vary depending on local PhD programmes and admission procedures. Please read the qualifications for the positions carefully. We will only consider those who meet the listed requirements.

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