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10 Vacancies for Doctoral Candidates under the C-NEWTRAL Doctoral Network, funded by Horizon Europe

University College Dublin
Ireland, Italy, Germany, Finland, Spain, Northern Ireland
Competitive salary + monthly mobility allowance + monthly family allowance if applicable
Closing date
1 Apr 2024

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C-NEWTRAL Doctoral Network is funded by the prestigious Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). There are 10 vacancies for highly ambitious candidates to conduct research on how to advance towards achieving climate-neutral cities from different dimensions (Urban Nature, Urban Mobility, Built Form, Energy, Circularity) through citizen engagement and decision-making support.

An excellent team of academics from six European universities is providing supervision along with industrial experts providing training to Doctoral Candidates. The Researchers will be employed on a full-time basis for 36 months and based at one of the six host institutions: University College Dublin (UCD) – the coordinating institution, University of Bologna (UNIBO), University of Girona (UdG), Heidelberg University (UHEI), University of Helsinki (HU), Queen's University Belfast (QUB). They will also spend time on secondment at non-academic partners, thereby ensuring that all Researchers will spend time in both academia and industry. The Doctoral Candidates will benefit from a competitive salary, social security, a monthly mobility allowance and a family allowance if applicable.

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The call for applicants is now open until 5.00 pm CET, 1st April 2024 for each of the 10 projects listed below accepting applications:

  • Project 1: Citizen Science for Urban Nature Regeneration Processes (UH) - NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATONS
  • Project 2: Mobility justice and the electric mobility transition in comparative contexts (UHEI)
  • Project 3: Decision-support system (DSS) to address water scarcity with Nature-based Solutions in cities (UdG)
  • Project 4: User-centred comparative analyses of building energy performance solutions in building clusters (UNIBO)
  • Project 5: A critical approach to the digital and green transitions in the EU urban water management (UdG)
  • Project 6: Data-Driven Participatory Planning to integrate NbS in Cities (UCD)
  • Project 7: Decision-making support for impact assessment of coupling Active Mobility+Blue-Green Infrastructure (UCD)
  • Project 8: Empowering communities with technological tools (and digital governance) for an active role in achieving climate neutral cities while limiting intersectional inequalities (UCD)
  • Project 9: Effectiveness of decision-making tools for building-energy-circularity nexus for climate-neutrality (UNIBO)
  • Project 10: Critical examination of assumptions in using AI/DT for flooding/water management governance (UH) - NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATONS
  • Project 11: Social acceptance of environmental policy implementation for carbon-neutrality in neighbourhood planning (QUB)
  • Project 12: Governance & Planning Index for Sustainable Housing Equitability (QUB)

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Eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants must not yet have been awarded a doctorate.
  2. Must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the recruiting Institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment.
  3. Candidates should have a high level of English proficiency to ensure full advantage is taken from the network training.
  4. Meet all eligibility criteria as outlined in the individual research project descriptions.

Selection process

The candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality of the application, expertise, work experience, and qualifications. In the first instance, an expression of interest should be lodged containing the following documents (in English) consolidated into one single PDF:

  • A current CV  (max 2 pages) 
  • A short cover letter (max 300 words) explaining briefly your motivation and key research experience/achievements that demonstrate independent thinking and your ability to complete a PhD. 
  • A research outline (max 500 words) related to the DC topic (to suggest how you meet and can develop further the research project described in this ad). If you are applying for up to 3 PhD positions in C-NEWTRAL, you can refer to all, while prioritising your choices. 
  • Details of 2 referees (names, contact details) who can provide information about your qualifications  Official Academic Record - Bachelor's and Master’s Diplomas and Transcripts
  • One work sample demonstrating prior achievement in research, enquiry or debate, e.g. a published paper or software, standards or policy contribution; extract of dissertation or master’s thesis.
  • Any other requirements as outlined in the individual research project description

Visit for further details on the C-NEWTRAL Network and instructions on How to Apply.



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