16/01/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

PhD graduation position / Early Stage Researcher (ESR) within A-WEAR European Joint Doctorate network, Czech Republic – Spain


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Brno University of Technology, The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
    Engineering
    Mathematics
    Technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    24/05/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Czech Republic › Brno
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/09/2019
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    813278

A-WEAR is an international, multidisciplinary and multi-sectorial training network and joint doctorate programme on wearable computing. A-WEAR is funded by the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No. 813278.

We are looking for a motivated Early Stage Researcher with passion for engineering to work on the following project. Please read the description carefully before applying.

Privacy-enhancing technologies and privacy-enhancing cryptography for wearables. Employer: Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic. Joint PhD degree with Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Project tasks and objectives: Design and evaluate novel cryptographic technologies for the protection of privacy and digital identity of electronic users, in particular those providing attribute-based authentication in electronic systems; Ensure the user authenticity in dynamic wireless wearable architectures; Find solutions to solve the inefficient revocation of invalid users, the missing identification of malicious users and low performance on constrained devices, such as wearables; Test and benchmark the developed algorithms on existing wearable hardware devices, such as personal tags, smart watch, smart cards. The ESR will also have the possibility to participate in the Advisory Board of the network (two ESRs are selected annually by voting among the 15 ESRs of the network). The ESR will also be involved in social media promotion of the network, such as Webropol surveys, Facebook and LinkedIn groups, Youtube video channels, Twitter and blogging.

 

Mobility/cross-country and cross-sector secondments including industrial training: 12 cumulated months at Universitat Jaume I, Spain and 2 months of industrial experience at Netcope technologies, Czech Republic

Preferred starting date - September 2019

Trial period - 6 months

Target degree - joint PhD degree from Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic and Universitat Jaume I, Spain

Working and living conditions in Czech Republic: Czech Republic was ranked in 2016 among the top ten best countries as expat destinations by Expat Insider, according to Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, Cost of Living, and Personal Finance.

Conveniently situated close to three capitals - Prague, Bratislava and Vienna, Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, is known as a centre of science, research, innovations and startup hub. With more than 20 % of its population being students of six public universities, Brno is often dubbed "a city with student spirit". Its citizens as well as visitors are offered numerous cultural, sports and leisure activities. Brno City is among top student cities in the world according to QS Best Student Cities Index.

Established in 1899 by Emperor Franz Joseph I, Brno University of Technology (BUT) is the city's oldest university. Today it offers high-quality studies in engineering, scientific, economic and artistic fields. With its 20 thousand students and 8 faculties, BUT is the nation's largest technical university. Focusing on science and research, the university now has five of its own research centres and being engaged in two centres of excellence. In recent years, BUT has been among the world's best universities according to international rankings QS World University Ranking and THE World University Ranking. As an EU member, Brno University of Technology was the country's second university to receive both ECTS Label and Diploma Supplement certificate. The university focuses on cooperation with both EU and non-EU partners, has over 600 partnership agreements.

Information about the industrial partner - Netcope Technologies is a leading manufacturer and provider of high-performance network solutions. The Netcope Technologies portfolio covers the whole field of products for the hardware acceleration of network traffic processing using FPGA technology. These products are ideal for all OEM vendors, R&D customers and end customers to build, develop and deploy hardware-accelerated solutions.

 

Job Description and Benefits

Starting date for the ESR: Sept 2019.

Duration of the research employment: 36 months.

 

Salary:

Approximate gross salary - about 2400 EUR/month

The ESR will receive a Living Allowance and a Mobility allowance (i.e., gross salary) in accordance with H2020 MSCA rules. ESRs who have a family (spouse and/or children) will also receive a family allowance, also according to H2020 MSCA rules. Details about the approximate gross salary per country are given at each position. We emphasize that the salary of each ESR is very competitive and it is at levels corresponding to postdoctoral students (or higher) at each employment unit. The salaries are adjusted to the living costs in the countries of each of the participant units, according to H2020 MSCA rules.

Additional benefits: participation to network events, conferences, and workshops; acquiring industrial expertise during the industrial secondment; business and hands-on training; large degree of cross-country academic and industrial mobility; acquiring high competence in terms of innovation, autonomy, integrity, and ethics; benefiting from the interdisciplinary nature of the consortium, gathering together the wearables, wireless communication and localization, geospatial technologies, cybersecurity, digitalization, smart cities, eHealth, and public safety sectors; gaining experience in writing both scientific papers aiming at high impact international journals and flagship international conferences, and social science blog entries on LinkedIn, aiming at a non-technical audience. At the end of their employment in A-WEAR, the ESRs participating in the network will have reached a unique position to become leaders of a growing privacy-preserving smart wearables sector.

Eligibility criteria: please check carefully that you are eligible; all conditions below are compulsory

  • Transnational mobility: The ESR is required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion. Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining. The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization (Spain/Finland/Romania/Italy/Czech Republic) for A-WEAR for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date (e.g., September 2019). Note: the mobility rule applies to the (first) beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded. It is also only determined at one point in time: at the time when the ESR starts working for A-WEAR. If in doubt whether you fulfill the mobility condition, please check at info.a-wear@tut.fi
  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs)/fresh MSc graduates: All researchers recruited in A-WEAR must have maximum 4 years equivalent research experience after completing their first MSc and have not been awarded any doctoral degree at the date of the employment. If in doubt whether you fulfill the ‘fresh MSc degree’ condition, please check at info.a-wear@tut.fi
  • Background requirements: the applicant must be in possession of Master of Science (MSc) diploma in a relevant field, such as: electrical engineering, communications engineering, software engineering/computer science, signal processing, radio communications, mathematics, physics, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, etc.
  • English language requirements: the candidate must be in possession of an English certificate with good level according to the regulations of the two universities involved in the double/joint PhD degree (see Additional Information)
  • MSc degree in a relevant degree obtained after Sep 2015 and not having lived or worked more than 12 cumulative months in Czech Republic during Aug 2016-Aug 2019.

Additional Information

  • The open mind to learn new things might be the most important personal quality required from any researcher. But this opportunity is widened up largely when working for the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant funded by the European Union. You will have the possibility to work in a foreign country of the host university and other locations in Europe for the companies and other organisations offering the so-called secondments.
  • The multi-cultural working environment will offer not only a wonderful learning opportunity via knowledge sharing across Europe, but also the best possible conditions to broaden your views in scientific context and life in general, and especially within the A-WEAR and to grow in becoming independent scientists and to have the best possible assets for future scientific as well as industrial career perspectives.
  • The candidates must submit through https://a-wear.uji.es/online-application/candidates_esr13 the followings
    • Certified copies of the bachelor's and master's degree certificates and the transcripts with official translations into English (if the original documents are in a language other than Finnish, English, Romanian, Czech, Italian, or Spanish).
    • A Diploma Supplement (DS)as approved by the EU Commission for degrees completed in European universities (when applicable)
    • English language certificate
      • IELTS Academic (min. score 6.5)
      • TOEFL (min. score 92 in iBT and 580 in PBT)
      • PTE Academic (min. score 62)
      • Cambridge Language Certificate (Proficiency CPE or Advanced CAE) (min. score C)
      • (!) If no English certificate is available at the time of the application, the candidate must add a signed statement that, in case he/she is pre-selected he/she commits to acquire in a timely manner all the compulsory English certificates for the universities where he/she will enroll as PhD student
    • Curriculum Vitae/CV(preferably in Europass format)
    • List of publications (if any)
    • References: minimum 2 reference letters to be attached to the application and contact details of 2 or more referees included in the CV
    • Motivation letter: maximum 1 page where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications; you may include also your previous research fields and main research results. Please emphasize your future goals career-wise
    • A short essay called “Dissertation Proposal” (max 2 pages) explaining how you would address the research objectives mentioned at the position you apply for (e.g., methodology, desired inputs in terms of equipment and supervision, ideas you have regarding the topic, software tools that you are planning to use to address the research objectives, etc.).
    • Copy of the passport
    • Proof of residence: Statement (use template available at: https://a-wear.uji.es/online-application/candidates/template/residence5yearscert.docx) and certificates/documents demonstrating your residence(s) in the last 5 years
  • The applicants may select up to four positions that interest them within the network. For each selected position, a different essay is required, fine-tuned to the position you apply for. If the applicant is selected for more than one position, the order of preference in the application will be taken into account.
  • When hiring people respecting ethical aspects is highly important in science. It means that equal opportunities as well as gender balance are considered, according to the EU initiatives

Selection process

A-WEAR selection of candidates will be based on a clear, transparent, and open-competition recruitment process, taking into account the gender balance and equal opportunity rules.

After the initial eligibility screening, the A-WEAR recruitment committee will preselect candidates based on their previous training, grades and relevance of their BSc and MSc degrees, list of publications (if any), work experience, positive attitude, capability of work in a team, references, quality and relevance of the Dissertation Proposal, previous mobility experience, language skills, and motivation. The most promising candidates are invited to one or several interviews via teleconference or in person. Candidates will be interviewed jointly or successively by the supervisors from the consortium and their level of English writing skills might be formally tested. At the end of the evaluation process, the recruitment committee will decide which candidates to select for each project, taking into account the candidates’ preferences and potential. In case of equal qualifications between a male and a female candidate for the final position, the balance at network level will affect the decision. We strive to improve the gender balance in our research groups and encourage female candidates to apply.

Selection criteria: Study records BSc + MSc (20%); Work & research experience (15%); Motivation (20%); Clarity, relevance, innovativeness, and technical soundness of the “Dissertation Essay” (25%); Letters of recommendation (10%); Positive attitude, previous mobility experience, good communication skills (10%); English proficiency: fail/pass criterion.

Benefits

The ESR will receive a Living Allowance and a Mobility allowance (i.e., gross salary) in accordance with H2020 MSCA rules. ESRs who have a family will also receive a family allowance, also according to H2020 MSCA rules. Details about the approximate gross salary per country are given at each position. We emphasize that the salary of each ESR is very competitive. The salaries are adjusted to the living costs in the countries of each of the participant units, according to H2020 MSCA rules.

Additional benefits: participation to network events, conferences, and workshops; acquiring industrial expertise during the industrial secondment; business and hands-on training; large degree of cross-country academic and industrial mobility; acquiring high competence in terms of innovation, autonomy, integrity, and ethics; benefiting from the interdisciplinary nature of the consortium, gathering together the wearables, wireless communication and localization, geospatial technologies, cybersecurity, digitalization, smart cities, eHealth, and public safety sectors; gaining experience in writing both scientific papers aiming at high impact international journals and flagship international conferences, and social science blog entries on LinkedIn, aiming at a non-technical audience. At the end of their employment in A-WEAR, the ESRs participating in the network will have reached a unique position to become leaders of a growing privacy-preserving smart wearables sector.

Eligibility criteria

  • Transnational mobility: The ESR is required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion. Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining. The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization (Spain/Finland/Romania/Italy/Czech Republic) for A-WEAR for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date (e.g., September 2019). Note: the mobility rule applies to the (first) beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded. It is also only determined at one point in time: at the time when the ESR starts working for A-WEAR. If in doubt whether you fulfill the mobility condition, please check at info.a-wear@tut.fi
  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs)/fresh MSc graduates: All researchers recruited in A-WEAR must have maximum 4 years since the completion of their first MSc degree and have not been awarded any doctoral degree at the date of the employment. If in doubt whether you fulfill the ‘fresh MSc degree’ condition, please check at info.a-wear@tut.fi

Selection process

The ESR will receive a Living Allowance and a Mobility allowance (i.e., gross salary) in accordance with H2020 MSCA rules. ESRs who have a family (spouse and/or children) will also receive a family allowance, also according to H2020 MSCA rules. Details about the approximate gross salary per country are given at each position. We emphasize that the salary of each ESR is very competitive and it is at levels corresponding to postdoctoral students (or higher) at each employment unit. The salaries are adjusted to the living costs in the countries of each of the participant units, according to H2020 MSCA rules.

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Skills/Qualifications

Eligibility criteria: please check carefully that you are eligible; all conditions below are compulsory

Transnational mobility: The ESR is required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is therefore not a criterion. Rather the location of the researcher's residence or main activity during the 3 years prior to their recruitment is determining. The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization (Spain/Finland/Romania/Italy/Czech Republic) for A-WEAR for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date (e.g., September 2019). Note: the mobility rule applies to the (first) beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded. It is also only determined at one point in time: at the time when the ESR starts working for A-WEAR. If in doubt whether you fulfill the mobility condition, please check at info.a-wear@tut.fi

Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs)/fresh MSc graduates: All researchers recruited in A-WEAR must have maximum 4 years equivalent research experience after completing their first MSc and have not been awarded any doctoral degree at the date of the employment. If in doubt whether you fulfill the ‘fresh MSc degree’ condition, please check at info.a-wear@tut.fi

Background requirements: the applicant must be in possession of Master of Science (MSc) diploma in a relevant field, such as: electrical engineering, communications engineering, software engineering/computer science, signal processing, radio communications, mathematics, physics, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, etc.

English language requirements: the candidate must be in possession of an English certificate with good level according to the regulations of the two universities involved in the double/joint PhD degree (see Additional Information)

Specific Requirements

Follow the description of the position above.

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Brno University of Technology, The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication
Czech Republic
Brno
61600
Technická 3082/12

EURAXESS offer ID: 370823

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