17/01/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

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

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University Politehnica of Bucharest
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Computer science
    Engineering
    Mathematics
    Technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    28/07/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
  • LOCATION
    Romania › Bucharest
  • 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.

Centimeter level accuracy for IoT localization of wearable devices. Employer: University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania. Double PhD degree with Tampere University, Finland

Project tasks and objectives: To explore indoor positioning technologies that promise high performance localization and orientation, such as hybrid magnetic-WiFi-BLE solutions and UWB positioning; to create a set of open-source software tools for accurate indoor positioning; to explore the trade-offs between instrumentation and training, energy consumption and performance, privacy, and convenience. 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: 9 cumulated months at Tampere University, Finland and 3 months of industrial experience at NXP Semiconductors, Romania.

Preferred starting date - September 2019

Trial period - 6 months

Target degree - double PhD degree from University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Romania and Tampere University, Finland

Romania is an European country situated at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. It is a dynamic country, rich in history, arts and scenic beauty. Over the last decade Romania had undergone a significant development. Romania’s natural beauty and cultural diversity surprises each visitor. Bordering the Black Sea in South-eastern Europe, the country’s assets also include the Danube River and Carpathian Mountains. In the Prosperity Pillar rankings, Romania performs best on Safety & Security and Business Environment.

Bucharest is the capital and largest city of Romania, as well as its cultural, industrial, and financial centre. Bucharest is the sixth-largest city in the European Union by population within city limits, after London, Berlin, Madrid, Rome, and Paris. It is a safe place with its crime rate rather low in comparison to other European capital cities. Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe. The city has big convention facilities, educational institutes, cultural venues, traditional "shopping arcades", and recreational areas. The extravagant architecture and cosmopolitan high culture won Bucharest the nickname of "Little Paris" of the East. It is the labyrinth of narrow cobblestone streets and architecture of times-gone-by of Bucharest’s old town that attracts visitors in droves to linger in the antique shops, cafes, and galleries.

University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB) is the oldest and the most prestigious engineer university in Romania consisting of 15 faculties. With a tradition of 200 years made possible by the efforts of some of the greatest Romanian professors, its specificity relies in creating knowledge through research and technological innovation, as well as through its implementation by means of education and professional training at a European level. UPB supports multi- and interdisciplinary research and development, providing 47 research centres and 71 advanced research laboratories equipped at high-performance standards for researchers, professors and students. Inside UPB, the mission of the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers and Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology is to empower high-quality scientific research, to share knowledge through education in the domains of Computer Science and Information Technologies, Systems Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications as well as to offer a stimulating, high-level professional and social environment to the students and academic staff within the faculties.

Information about the industrial partner - NXP Semiconductors Romania (NXP) is NXP’s Center of Excellence in Embedded Software. Contributing through firmware, runtime software and development tools to implement NXP vision of driving Secure Connections for a Smarter World, the Romanian engineers develop software and solutions for the innovative products designed by NXP in Automotive, Industrial and IoT, Networking, and Security fields.

 

 

Job Description and Benefits

Starting date for the ESR: September 2019.

Duration of the research employment: 36 months.

Salary:

Approximate gross salary - about 2000 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 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

  • 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 Romania 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_esr08 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: http://a-wear.uji.es/online-application/candidates/template/residence5ye...) 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 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

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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University Politehnica of Bucharest
Romania
Sector 1
Bucharest
060442
Splaiul Independentei 313a

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