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PhD Position Marie Curie ITN: Circular Economy - Consumer Perception

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    SOUTH EAST EUROPEAN RESEARCH CENTRE
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EconomicsConsumer economics
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/01/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Greece › THESSALONIKI
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/05/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    814247

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Applications are invited for one (1) Early Stage Researcher (ESR) 3-year fixed-term position to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “ReTraCE” – Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. The ESR will be based in Thessaloniki Greece, will be hired for 36 months by SEERC under the provisions of Greek Law and based on the salary provisions of the H2020 MSCA program and will be offered a PhD candidate position with the University of Sheffield.

1. The ReTraCE project: Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy

The ReTraCE project network brings together an exceptionally strong team of world-leading experts from a wide set of beneficiaries and partners in order to achieve breakthroughs in understanding how the transition towards a Circular Economy (CE) can be realised in a successful way in the European context, both within existing organisations and industries as well as through innovative and sustainable business models. The proposed approach is inherently multi-disciplinary, drawing upon research that will advance significantly the state-of-the-art in terms of the current understanding of the applicability of the CE paradigm from Economic, Environmental and Social points of view, providing policy insights and implications for practice. The consortium of 10 beneficiaries (including 7 academic and 3 non-academic groups from the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Italy, Greece and Germany) will design and deliver world class multidisciplinary training to 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), offering them an extended and valuable program of international exchanges and secondments through the wide network of partner organisations (from public, private and third sector) involved in the proposal.

 

The network builds on the success of previous projects in which beneficiaries have successfully delivered high impact research and knowledge exchange. ReTraCE is specifically designed to train a cohort of new thought leaders capable of driving the transition towards a more sustainable mode of production and consumption in Europe in the next decades, who will directly facilitate the implementation of the recently adopted ambitious Circular Economy strategy of the European Commission, which is require new professional profiles for realising the transition towards the CE.

 

2. The SEERC PhD Programme

SEERC gives the opportunity to qualified students to read for a Degree at the University of Sheffield through a combination of high quality UK studies and a unique research infrastructure in South East Europe. The PhD candidates will be enrolled and study at the Management School of the University of Sheffield in the UK while being supported by the SEERC team and infrastructure in South East Europe . When they successfully finish their studies, they will receive their degrees directly from the Management School at Sheffield, UK.

The position is available for the Full Time programme. The duration is 3 years (with a 4th year available for writing up the thesis) and it requires full time commitment on the part of the PhD student, which means that one would have to be physically present at SEERC premises located in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Students applying for the programme must have an excellent academic record (normally Degrees with Distinction) and should possess a Master's Degree. Potential work experience, research training and publications play important role also.

3. Entry Requirements

  • A relevant first Degree (Normally with Distinction)
  • A Master’s Degree (Normally with Distinction)
  • Proof of English Language Qualifications

The standard English Language requirement is IELTS at 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more details please see: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees/howtoapply#tab01

On top of the above, the candidates shall comply with the following MSCA requirements:

  • Early-stage researchers (ESR): ESRs are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and do not hold a doctorate. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

 

  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: ESRs can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of selection by SEERC, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Greece for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

4. Benefits & Salary

The selected candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers: Basic gross rates include a living allowance (€2,900.49 per month), a mobility allowance (€600.00 per month) and a family allowance (€500.00 per month, if applicable). ESRs will also get access to funds covering Research, Networking and Training costs. Funding will cover the entire 36-month period.

 

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

 

5. Main duties and responsibilities

Applicants are expected to have an outstanding education record, be highly motivated and proactive, have excellent organisation and communication skills, be able to work independently as well as in a team, and be eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences and seminars. Fluency in English is a prerequisite. Women are especially encouraged to apply.

 

In general, all ESR positions will be dealing with the following main duties:

  • Conduct research into the design and development of novel research in each related theme in collaboration with researchers from the host institution as well as with those from the entire ReTraCE network.
  • Undertake reporting requirements for the project, present results to collaborators, to members of the research group and to external audiences.
  • Read academic papers, journals and textbooks and attend conferences to keep abreast of developments.
  • Prepare journal papers and presentations either in-house or at national/international conferences or seminars to disseminate research findings.
  • Write supporting documents to contribute to and support the work of the research group, e.g. reports, interim reports and grant applications.
  • Carry out administrative roles as required; arranging project progress meetings, etc.

 

Other duties, commensurate with the post and H2020-MSCA-ITN regulations:

  • Plan for specific aspects of research programmes. Timescales range from 1-6 months in advance.
  • If given a particular problem/hypothesis to examine, plan for own contribution up to 3 months ahead, incorporating issues such as the availability of resources, deadlines, project milestones and overall research aims. Design individual experiments weekly.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other members of the research group over work progress. Supervise research team/activities if required.
  • Continuously monitor and check results. The unpredictability of research means that daily planning needs to accommodate new developments.
  • Plan several months in advance to meet deadlines for journal publications and to prepare presentations and papers for conferences.

 

6. Submission process

We accept proposals from qualified students for the topic: Consumer perception and the transition to the Circular Economy (WP4). In order to apply, PhD candidates should send the following documents to phd_admissions@seerc.org by January 15, 2019:

  • a letter of interest
  • a Research Proposal
  • an updated CV
  • full contact details of two referees
  • any documents providing proof of knowledge of English language

The selection process will involve one or more interviews (to be contacted via skype and/or at SEERC premises in Thessaloniki) with the proposed supervisors.

Note that all candidates who will be selected for the interview phase will be asked to provide official documentation proving their CV claims (education, past employment etc)

 

The Research Proposal should be typed, the length should be up to maximum 2,000 words and should include the following:

  1. Title of the proposed thesis
  2. Reference to the Specific Research Topic
  3. Background to research topic

This section needs to introduce the topic before discussing it in relation to wider academic debates. The section might seek to situate the topic and highlight why the issue being addressed is important - this should be identified and justified as an important/interesting academic issue not simply in terms of current media/political/popular interest.

  1. Specific problem(s) to be examined

In his section the discussion of the topic needs to be more specific. The focus should include reference to the framework or conceptual approach that the research might seek to draw on. Also the discussion is likely to highlight and make reference to parallel, comparable and complimentary research. The aim of this section is essentially to set up the area of research specifically. The challenge is to ensure that the proposed research has a substantive empirical and conceptual focus, both of which are suitably grounded in contemporary academic debate with appropriate citations to relevant literature. By the end of the section a gap in existing knowledge needs to be highlighted and the research questions(s) that the thesis will address be stated.

  1. Methods of research proposal, plan and timetable of work

The research methods section needs to highlight what methods will be used and how, with an appropriate level of detail. In the case of quantitative research, the data set to be accessed and used should be identified and the nature if proposed statistical analysis detailed. In the case of more qualitative research, again the methods should be elaborated and proposed stakeholders/populations to be interviewed/surveyed should be detailed. Due consideration should be given to accessing relevant data/interviewees. Proposals should also highlight ethical issues and potential limitations.

  1. Any other information in support of your proposal
  2. The proposal should include correct literature citations and a brief bibliography

More Information

Benefits

The selected candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers: Basic gross rates include a living allowance (€2,900.49 per month), a mobility allowance (€600.00 per month) and a family allowance (€500.00 per month, if applicable). ESRs will also get access to funds covering Research, Networking and Training costs. Funding will cover the entire 36-month period.

 

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

Eligibility criteria

  • A relevant first Degree (Normally with Distinction)
  • A Master’s Degree (Normally with Distinction)
  • Proof of English Language Qualifications

The standard English Language requirement is IELTS at 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more details please see: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees/howtoapply#tab01

On top of the above, the candidates shall comply with the following MSCA requirements:

  • Early-stage researchers (ESR): ESRs are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and do not hold a doctorate. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

 

  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: ESRs can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of selection by SEERC, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Greece for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Selection process

The selection process will involve one or more interviews (to be contacted via skype and/or at SEERC premises in Thessaloniki) with the proposed supervisors.

Note that all candidates who will be selected for the interview phase will be asked to provide official documentation proving their CV claims (education, past employment etc)

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Economics: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

  • A relevant first Degree (Normally with Distinction)
  • A Master’s Degree (Normally with Distinction)
  • Proof of English Language Qualifications

The standard English Language requirement is IELTS at 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more details please see: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/researchdegrees/howtoapply#tab01

On top of the above, the candidates shall comply with the following MSCA requirements:

  • Early-stage researchers (ESR): ESRs are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and do not hold a doctorate. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

 

  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: ESRs can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake physical, transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. At the time of selection by SEERC, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Greece for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Specific Requirements

Essential skills & qualifications of the candidate:

  • Postgraduate degree in a related field (sustainability, management, economics, operations, social sciences, regional studies, marketing, etc)
  • Good understanding of consumer behaviour
  • Proven quantitative & qualitative research skills
  • Previous experience in consumer behavior assessment
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Ability to develop creative approaches to problem solving
  • Ability to assess and organise available resources, plan ahead to meet deadlines and monitor progress of work activities
  • Ability to analyse and solve problems with an appreciation of longer-term implications.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues and a network of contacts throughout own work area
  • Ability to adapt own skills to new circumstances

 

Desirable skills & qualifications of the candidate:

  • Awareness of tools for the promotion of sustainable behaviour including Technology Acceptance Models, Neuromarketing and other brain-friendly approaches to consumer behaviour
  • Awareness of the circular economy market
  • Affiliation/participation in any relevant professional associations
  • Publications in high impact journals/conferences

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
SEERC
Greece
THESSALONIKI
54622
24 Proxenou Koromila st

EURAXESS offer ID: 356833

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