13 Phd Positions on the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Project POSEIDON

13 Phd Positions on the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Project POSEIDON

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25 Mar tomorrow Enschede

Job description

The POSEIDON project, part of the prestigious EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, is excited to announce 13 vacancies for Ph.D. researchers. This innovative project, titled "POSEIDON - Improving Offshore Infrastructure Resilience Against Geohazards in a Changing Climate," is funded by Horizon Europe (HORIZON) through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Networks (MSCA-DN).

POSEIDON brings together 16 beneficiaries and partners from seven European countries: The Netherlands, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Italy, and the UK. This collaborative effort encompasses a comprehensive spectrum of training in both scientific and transferable skills. Key participating universities include the University of Twente, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Universität Bremen, Institut Français de Recherche Pour l’Exploitation de la Mer, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Libera Università di Bolzano, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, OsloMet – Storbyuniversitetet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Warwick, and University of Liverpool. Industry partners are Cathie Associates, Optum Computational Engineering, State of the Art Engineering B.V., and DNV.

The project's mission is to conduct fundamental, multidisciplinary, and multisectoral research across various functional and operational scales. A significant focus is on understanding the complexities and nuances in the current designs of Offshore Critical Infrastructures (OCIs), including wind turbines, submarine pipelines, and cables. POSEIDON aims to deliver 13 professionally trained next-generation Doctoral Candidates (DCs) who will pioneer new methods to identify, map, assess, predict, and mitigate offshore geohazards. This groundbreaking work is essential for enhancing the resilience of current offshore infrastructure in the face of climate change.

More details on the PhD positions and the objectives can be found on the POSEIDON webpage.


University of Twente (UT)


We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and curiosity-driven researcher to join our dynamic team. Ideal candidates should:
  • Hold, or be close to completing, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Geophysics, Geology, Geotechnics, Earth Sciences, Applied Mathematics, or a related field.
  • Possess programming skills, which would be a significant advantage.
  • Be excellent team players, ready to engage in an enthusiastic and hardworking group of scientists and engineers on a joint project.
  • Demonstrate a creative mindset, a passion for pushing boundaries, and high motivation.
  • Show proficiency in both written and spoken English, with excellent communication skills, to fully benefit from the network training.
  • Be capable of collaborating intensively with both industrial and academic partners through regular meetings and work visits, and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary and international environment.
  • Adhere to MSCA project mobility rules: At the time of selection, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activities (work, studies) in the host institution's country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before recruitment.
  • Be a doctoral candidate at the date of recruitment (i.e., not already in possession of a doctoral degree). Those who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree are not eligible.

For more detailed information on the specific requirements, please refer to the individual vacancy listings.

Conditions of employment

  • The details of the offer are in line with the MSCA Work Program related to Eligibility, Benefits and Salary.
  • A full-time position for four or three years, depending on the host institution.
  • The candidate must be working exclusively for the action. Each student will benefit from a wide-ranging training between universities, research centers and industry that will take advantage of both local and network-wide activities.

The conditions below apply to the vacancy at the University of Twente:
  • Our salary and associated conditions are in accordance with the collective labour agreement for Dutch universities (CAO-NU).
  • You will receive a gross monthly salary ranging from € 2770,- (first year) to € 3539,- (fourth year).
  • A minimum of 232 leave hours in case of full-time employment based on a formal workweek of 38 hours. A full-time employment in practice means 40 hours a week, therefore resulting in 96 extra leave hours on an annual basis.
  • Free access to sports facilities on campus.
  • A family-friendly institution that offers parental leave (both paid and unpaid).
  • You will have a training program as part of the Twente Graduate School where you and your supervisors will determine a plan for a suitable education and supervision.

Please Note: The specific details and employment terms for each position may vary depending on the host country. Additionally, the duration of each project can differ. We strongly recommend engaging in a discussion with the respective host institution to gain a comprehensive understanding of the conditions and terms specific to that position and location.

Additional information

Are you interested in this position?

Please send your application before 15 April 2024, via the Apply now button below, and include:
  • Cover Letter: A maximum of two A4 pages, highlighting your specific interest in the position, your qualifications, and motivations for applying. This letter should clearly articulate how your background and experiences align with the requirements of this project
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV): The CV, should include, if applicable, a list of publications;
  • Bachelor and Master transcripts;
  • Contact Details of Referees: Provide the names and contact information of individuals who can professionally vouch for your qualifications and suitability for this position.

For more information, you are welcome to contact info@poseidon-dn.eu, or visit the project website POSEIDON.

Want to know more?
Anselmucci, F.A.R. (Floriana) - Project Manager.

Do you have questions about this vacancy? Then you can contact Floriana for all substantive questions about the available positions, the consortium, and the application procedure. For general questions about working for the UT, please refer to the chatbot.


phone +31534896233

email f.a.r.anselmucci@utwente.nl


  • PhD
  • Engineering
  • max. 38 hours per week
  • €2770—€3539 per month
  • University graduate
  • 1606


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Make sure to apply no later than 15 Apr 2024 23:59 (Europe/Amsterdam).