Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

15 PhD positions in Connectivity Science as part of the i-CONN Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions ITN

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    i-CONN H2020-MSCA-ITN Project number: 859937
    Biological sciences
    Computer science
    Environmental science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    31/01/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    full time
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


The i-CONN network is a €4.1 million Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) project funded by the European Commission, under the H2020 program, and is coordinated by Durham University. i-CONN is a consortium of 10 Universities and three partner organisations, and brings together scientists from Astrophysics, Computer Science, Ecology, Geomorphology, Hydrology, Neuroscience, Systems Biology and Social Science. The goal of i-CONN is to train a new cohort of 15 researchers specialized in the developing field of Connectivity Science who will be capable of developing interdisciplinary approaches to connectivity across a range of disciplines and real-life applications in the next five to 10 years. Regular workshops and secondments to other EU partners will develop transferable skills and facilitate the exchange of ideas between Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). A very attractive salary and benefits package is offered to successful applicants.

We have 15 ESR positions available

ESR1) Spatial and temporal roles of critical nodes in ecogeomorphic systems (Durham University, UK)

ESR2) Minimal models of dynamics on networks to study generic SC/FC relationships (Jacobs University, Germany)

ESR3) Self-organized collective patterns on graphs (Jacobs University, Germany)

ESR4) Catastrophic transitions: Regime shifts in network topology resulting in novel systems (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

ESR5) Analysis of multi-frequency dynamic coherence networks in large-scale electrophysiological recordings (Aix-Marseille University, France)

ESR6) Scaling connectivity science in fluvial systems (Durham University, UK)

ESR7) Structure in patterns in ordered datasets with applications in astrophysics, neuroscience and archaeology (European University Cyprus, Cyprus)

ESR8) Changing connectivity properties impacting resilience in riverine landscapes as socio-ecological systems (BOKU, Austria)

ESR9) Critical nodes in economic connectivity: A multi-method application to facilitate structural transitions (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

ESR10) Hotspots and hot moments: the role of connectivity and resilience science for managing human-impacted catchment systems (University of Vienna, Austria)

ESR11) Connectivity within network processes and coupling with global flows (AAISCS, Cyprus)

ESR12) Flows of critical (energy) resources  (MODUL University Vienna, Austria)

ESR13) Resilience of human interactions with new landscapes (Durham University, UK)

ESR14) Understanding the emergence of connectivity science in practice: a network of network colleagues (location to be confirmed)

ESR15) Using connectivity science to determine the fate (source-pathway-interceptors) of specific diffuse pollutants and pathogens in the water supply chain (location to be confirmed)

Please see our website for more information on each project, and for the main contact person for each project. General enquiries can be sent to the Network Director: laura.turnbull@durham.ac.uk

More Information


Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhDs are paid a competitive gross salary of 3,270 € per month, adjusted for their host country, a Mobility Allowance of 600 € per month and, for researchers who have a family, a Family Allowance of 500 € per month. All amounts are subject to employers and employees deductions and taxes.

Family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national legislation of the country of the beneficiary or of nationality of the researcher, or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher; family status is determined at recruitment and does not evolve.

ESRs will also get access to funds covering Research, Networking and Training costs. ESRs will also be enrolled for PhD studies at institutions which are part of the consortium. Funding will cover the entire 36-month period. In addition to individual scientific projects, all fellows 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

To satisfy the eligibility requirements set for an Early Stage Researcher funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie and you must be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher:

  1. Should have — at the date of recruitment — less than 4 years of a research career, and not have a doctoral degree. The 4 years are measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a PhD, either in the country where the degree was obtained or in the country where the PhD is provided.
  2. Trans-national mobility: The applicant — at the date of recruitment— should not have resided in the country where the research training takes place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment, and not have carried out their main activity (work ,studies, etc.) in that country. For refugees under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
  3. Satisfy the eligibility requirements to enrol on a PhD degree. This includes acceptable English language requirements if English is not your first language.

Selection process

All applications are to be submitted via the hosting institution (see our website for more detail).

Applications must include the following:

  1. A copy of your CV
  2. Degree transcripts
  3. A motivation letter
  4. Names of 2 referees

Further details on the application procedure for each ESR are provided on our website. 

Please indicate in your motivation letter if you are interested in being considered for any of the other PhD positions in our network (and if you give us permission to share your application with the host of that project). 

Additional comments

Data protection

The i-CONN Network is committed to respecting the confidentiality of the information provided by the applicant: personal data collected for the present proceeding will be processed for the sole purposes connected with and instrumental to the selection procedure and the eventual management of the job contact, in conformity with the current provisions. The person responsible for the Personal Data Handling is the principal investigator at the host institution.

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


The successful candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria (Additional info) and have:

  1. An excellent academic record in a quantitative discipline, including, but not restricted to: Astrophysics, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography, Neuroscience, Social Science or related areas.
  2. A keen interest in pursuing research in the development of Connectivity Science.
  3. The ability to work independently and as a member of a research team.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  5. A good command of English language, with excellent oral and written skills.

* Note that female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


Any or combination of the following will be a clear advantage.

  • A demonstrable ability or potential to produce research published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • A good strategic fit with existing research expertise in the host institution and the i-CONN network
  • Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, the language of the host institution

Work location(s)
4 position(s) available at
Durham University
United Kingdom
2 position(s) available at
Jacobs University
2 position(s) available at
Masaryk University
Czech Republic
1 position(s) available at
Aix-Marseille University
1 position(s) available at
European University Cyprus
1 position(s) available at
1 position(s) available at
University of Vienna
1 position(s) available at
1 position(s) available at
MODUL University Vienna

EURAXESS offer ID: 466601


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