Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

13 PhD Positions in RE-CITY ITN

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    Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
    Environmental science
    GeographyEconomic geography
    GeographyHuman geography
    GeographySocial geography
    Political sciencesGovernance
    Political sciencesPublic policy
    SociologySocial changes
    SociologySocio-economic research
    SociologyUrban sociology
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/11/2018 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


On behalf of the Innovative Training Network “Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards livability for shrinking cities in Europe” (RE-CITY-ITN), the department International Planning Systems (IPS) at the University of Kaiserslautern is pleased to announce the recruitment of 13 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) PhD positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESR). The RE-CITY consortium consists of scholars and practitioners from nine beneficiary-institutions in eight countries (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, and Mexico) with an interdisciplinary background working on shrinking cities. Additionally seven partner-institutions and companies from four countries are collaborating with training and secondments in Germany, Netherlands, USA and Japan.

The PhDs will be hosted at one of the beneficiary-institutions of RE-CITY: Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), Cambridge Architectural Research (CAR), École Normale Supérieure Paris (ENS), Spatial Foresight (SPF), TU Dortmund University (TUDO), University of Amsterdam (UVA), University of Porto (UPT) Adam Mickiewicz University Poznan (AMU) and University of Guadalajara (UDG).

The RE-CITY ITN is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme and is aiming to explore and evaluate new approaches and success factors for shrinking cities. The project further aims at training highly skilled experts for the four key themes of shrinking cities: conceptualising shrinking smart, governing, greening/right-sizing, and regrowing shrinking cities. RE-CITY provides a perspective for the robust and sustainably sound development of shrinking cities, while supporting elements of economic prosperity, livability, social stability and innovation. This ITN will develop novel solutions for shrinking cities, and investigate case studies approaches for dealing with shrinking cities in terms of the four innovative key themes noted above. On this basis RE-CITY applications will be developed: a tangible framework of tools and methods including planning instruments. The RE-CITY ITN enables the ESRs to act as leaders, mediators, and consultants of change while fostering innovative solutions and perspectives for these areas.

Through co-supervision by academics and non-academic partners, the PhDs of RE-CITY will engage in critical, practical, and creative exploration of the contribution and relationships between their individual doctoral study projects across the four interconnecting research themes.

In addition to undertaking doctoral research, the PhDs will engage in a series of collaborative research (secondments), workshops and training schools in order to develop advanced skills and expertise in tackling social, economic and ecological challenges linked to policy agendas dealing with demographic and structural change.

Please note this is a general call for the whole RE-CITY ITN. More specific requirements for individual selection criteria and information on financial support and remuneration will be available at the shortlisted stage.



The PhDs should apply for doctoral study in one of the 13 projects offered by the nine hosting institutions. Please see the hyperlinks to the websites of the hosting institutions. We are looking for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with a master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g. urban/regional planning, geography, social sciences, economics, political sciences, or similar).

Applicants cannot have spent more than 12 months in the country (working/studying/living) of the hosting institute in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date of 1 April 2019 – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

The candidate must:

  • be an Early Stage Researcher (in the first four years (full time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree)
  • have English language proficiency
  • be highly motivated, have a strong commitment to the research project as a whole, willingness to work in a network and the ability to meet challenges.
  • demonstrate an excellent understanding of urban development processes and / or structural change.


Work conditions
  • Each candidate that is hired will be based at the premises of the supervising institution where they applied.
  • The PhD project will run 36 months. Contracting follows regulations set out by national law.
  • The remuneration of the recruited PhD is based on a monthly payment made up of living allowances, mobility allowance and family allowance, where applicable, and according to MSCA Horizon 2020 regulations. These payments are gross amounts and subject to national taxation. 
  • Office space and access to institutional facilities.
  • Being part of a professional, stimulating, and family friendly environment.


In RE-CITY, each ESR will be seconded to two of the partners for a duration of several months up to 30% of his/her recruitment period. During secondments, researchers will keep their contract with the sending organisation. A financial contribution towards expenses in an amount to be decided at a later stage will be given to ESR during the secondments. During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving organisation. Secondments are differentiated from short visits, i.e. of a few days. Secondments are mandatory. If you apply for one of the positions then you agree that you will be seconded to partner organisations specified in the description of the PhD topic during your contract.


Applicants should submit the following documents

1. A proposal of approx. 2000 words that demonstrates how the applicant plans to undertake the research project for which he or she is applying. This proposal should include:

  • the research problem of the specific topic,
  • the aim of the doctoral thesis
  • the methodological approach and how it helps to answer the research question,
  • how the result may advance the respective field/the future development of shrinking cities

2. A letter of motivation.
3. A CV in the form of a table (see for example the Europass Template https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents).
4. A copy of your Transcript of records (if not in Latin letters, please provide a certified translation).
In the case of the selected candidates to UPORTO, at the time of the signature of the contract they may be requested to deliver the academic transfers and degree certificates authenticated by consular offices or embassies of Portugal located in the country where the qualification was obtained, or hold the Hague Apostille, for countries that acceded to the Hague Convention. The same applies to the translations (mandatory) of documents whose original language is not Portuguese, Spanish, French or English.
5. A table, which lists the residency/work/study affiliation for the last three years (31 March 2016 until now). If an applicant had more places of residence/work/study in this period, please indicate the periods and countries. A proof of residency be required prior to signing the in the short listed stage.
6. Two academic references.
7. All documents in English except copies of certificates in Latin letters.


Applications should be sent preferably via e-mail as one single PDF file to re-city@ru.uni-kl.de by 12 noon (MET), 15 November 2018.
For inquiries, please write to
The full call document is available here including more detailed information about the individual PhD projects.

Selection process


  1. Selection of candidates follows consistent evaluation criteria. The RE-CITY project coordinator provides a first screening of the written applications to check the eligibility of the candidate and forwards the eligible applications to the respective host/main supervisor of the position the candidate is applying for. Host institutions will then check the eligibility of candidates in terms of their specific requirements. A minimum of three applications will be proposed for an interview to the Recruitment Committee (RC).
  2. The RC together with the host institutions then will conduct interviews via Skype (or similar services) with the proposed candidates. The interview contains an examination of the applicant, and a discussion of the future research.
  3. The RC together with the respective host will decide on the most suitable candidate based on a shared evaluation and assessment.

The RC comprises of Isabel Breda-Vazquez (RC chair), Karina Pallagst (coordinator of the RE-CITY ITN), Thorsten Wiechmann (Work package lead) and Helen Mulligan (equal opportunities guard of the RE-CITY ITN).

All organisations of the RE-CITY ITN act in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers, the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Selection is not affected by gender, race, nationality, physical disabilities, family status or other characteristics irrelevant to the scientific potential of the candidates.

Additional comments

Further information

  • In case, suitable candidates cannot be offered the position they applied for, they might be considered for other PhD positions within RE-CITY.
  • Candidates also have to fulfill the requirements of the respective degree awarding university. Further information on these requirements can be obtained from the universities' websites. In the case of UPORTO the signature of the contract depends on the successful admission in the PhD Programme. The specific requirements and relevant information for the academic year 2019/2020 will be available at a later stage in www.fe.up.pt – in the option “admissions”.
  • The full call document is available here including more detailed information about the individual PhD projects. 

General information about the Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network program can be found here: https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/.


The positions will be open for applications from 11 September 2018.
The deadline for applications is 12 noon (MET), 15 November 2018.
Applicants will be informed if they are short listed by 30 November 2018.
The Recruitment Committee (RC) and the host institutes will arrange interviews of short listed candidates via Skype or similar services, in December and January 2018.
Decisions will be known at the latest by 30 January 2019.
Starting date for the PhDs is 1 April 2019[1].
Duration of the contract is 36 months [2]


[1] Except for ESR’s #7 and #9 hosted by University of Porto (UPORTO), where the duration of the contract will be 12 months renewable up to 36 months.

[2] Except ESR #8 hosted by Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. (CAR). Starting date for this position is 1st march 2019.

Offer Requirements

    Demography: Master Degree or equivalent
    Economics: Master Degree or equivalent
    Geography: Master Degree or equivalent
    Political sciences: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good
Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Rhineland Palatinate
Pfaffenbergstraße 95
1 position(s) available at
Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd.
United Kingdom
Unit 6, Gwydir Street 25
2 position(s) available at
Ecole Normale Superieur Paris
45, Rue d Ulm
1 position(s) available at
Spatial Foresight GmbH
Rue de Luxembourg 7
2 position(s) available at
Technische Universität Dortmund
August Schmidt Strasse 4
1 position(s) available at
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Spui 21
2 position(s) available at
Universidade do Porto
4099 002
Praca Gomes Teixeira
1 position(s) available at
Uniwersytet im. Adam Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
1 position(s) available at
Universidad de Guadalajara
Guadalajara Jalisco
A. Juarez 976 Colonia Centro

EURAXESS offer ID: 337077


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