Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

15 ESR positions in MSCA ITN - xCTing

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    KU Leuven - Mechanical Engineering
    EngineeringAerospace engineering
    EngineeringComputer engineering
    EngineeringMaterials engineering
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
    EngineeringPrecision engineering
    EngineeringSimulation engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    12/05/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Multiple locations, see work locations below.
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


First-time-right and zero-defect manufacturing of customized lot-size-one products are essential elements of the Industry 4.0 paradigm shift to reinforce Europe’s global leadership in manufacturing. X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) metrology has a key role to play in this transition, since it is the only known technology that can certify non-destructively the quality of internal complex structures, such as those produced by additive manufacturing or found in assemblies.

However, CT largely remains an off-line technology, due to the unsolved trade-off between scan speed and scan quality, and especially the need for extensive expert user input. xCTing will therefore focus on significantly increasing autonomy, robustness and speed in CT metrology in order to support its transition towards a fully in-line quality assurance technology as required in Industry 4.0 environments. Meeting these challenges requires the integration of a broad range of interdisciplinary expertise, including physics, manufacturing, dimensional metrology, machine learning, as well as efficient and reliable big data analytics and visualization.

In order to achieve the envisaged innovation breakthrough in the European industry, Europe is in dire need of young innovators who can combine this variety of competences with entrepreneurial skills. This MSCA ITN project "xCTing" is a pan-European industrial- academic initiative committed to the provision of a unique and encompassing training environment required to foster a new generation of innovation-minded research engineers, that will act as catalysts in the further transformation of Europe’s manufacturing industry towards global technological leadership.

Detailed description of the 15 ESR projects is provided on our website.

ESR 1 (RWTH): Autonomous adaptation of CT acquisition parameters (closed)

(*** Also advertised on EURAXESS with a different application deadline, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/595449)

ESR 2 (KUL): 2D neural networks for artefact correction during CT reconstruction

ESR 3 (UNILEIDEN): 3D neural networks for artefact correction during CT reconstruction

ESR 4 (FHOOE): Smart and autonomous feature detection and quantification for ensemble datasets and single ensemble members (closed)

(*** Also advertised on EURAXESS with a different application deadline, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/547189

ESR 5 (IIS): Digital twin for CT analysis chains

ESR 6 (KUL): Determination of task-specific measurement uncertainty caused by geometrical misalignments

ESR 7 (FHOOE): Determination of task-specific measurement uncertainty caused by physical effects (closed)

(*** Also advertised on EURAXESS with a different application deadline, https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/547189)

ESR 8 (UNIPD): Enabling Industry 4.0 by fast and accurate CT metrology

ESR 9 (VG): A-priori-knowledge enhanced CT reconstruction for fast, optimized scanning strategies

ESR 10 (BHGE): A-priori-knowledge based determination of optimal scanning trajectories

ESR 11 (NWO-I): Fast scanning strategies for conveyer-belt setups

ESR 12 (NWO-I): Adaptive angle-selection for in-line CT

ESR 13 (MATER): CT-based process planning and build preparation for AM

ESR 14 (KUL): CT-based improvement of in-process monitoring capabilities

ESR 15 (UNIPD): CT-based adaptive advanced manufacturing and assembly chains

More Information


We offer: 

  • the opportunity to be part of a MSCA International Training Network
  • a research position in an enticing research environment at the cross-roads of numerical simulation, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering and computational mechanics in close contact with key industrial partners,
  • an attractive salary package, complemented with multiple benefits (health insurance, access to university infrastructure and sports facilities, etc.),
  • a thorough scientific education,
  • the opportunity to participate at international conferences and the possibility to spend a research stay at some of our international contacts,
  • to work towards obtaining a PhD degree from a highly-ranked university and become a well-trained, independent researcher,
  • special care measures to support work-family balance such as the possibility to get flexible working hours, university-organized child care (depending on availability) and working from home (upon agreement with the supervisor).

Eligibility criteria

  • Early-Stage Researchers must, at the time of recruitment, hold a Master’s degree and be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • The Master’s degree must be in the discipline that is relevant to the ESR project that you are applying for.
  • The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (studies, etc in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, compulsory national services (such as mandatory military service) and procedures for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not counted.
  • Proficiency in English is required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written. Successful candidates may need to provide an English test (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge English). You may be exempt if you are a national of a majority native-English speaking country, or have qualifications / degree that has been taught and assessed in English.

Selection process

  • Applications have to be submitted through the ITN website:http://xcting-itn.eu/jobs/
  • It is recommended that each applicant might submit an application to max. 2 ESR vacancies.  
  • All applications are centrally collected and checked for eligibility.
  • The supervisors of each position make a ranking and communicate to the Recruitment Committee (RC).
  • The RC makes a shortlist with 2 candidates per ESR position.
  • These 2 candidates are invited for an interview with the RC on a recruitment day during which the ESR is selected
  • The candidates will be informed of the interview outcome by email as soon as possible after the interview date. Successful candidates will have to send a formal email notifying acceptance or rejection.

All steps in the recruitment process are made to ensure a fully transparent, fair and centralized recruitment process that adheres to the European Charter and Code for Researchers.

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Offer Requirements


  • Before submitting your application, make sure you are eligible to apply.
  • Please provide the following documents/information if applicable:
  1. Your motivation letter
  2. CV
  3. Certificates of education (official transcripts in English)
  4. Other relevant information (skills, publications etc.) if available, and
  5. Recommendation letters if available
  6. English language proficiency test results if available

Specific Requirements

MSCA ITN recruits a specific type of researcher. Successful candidates:

• MUST at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Date of Recruitment’ means the first day of the employment of the researcher (i.e. contract starting date). ‘Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctoral degree programme.

• MUST NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Work location(s)
3 position(s) available at
KU Leuven
Celestijnenlaan 300, bus 2420
2 position(s) available at
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
Upper Austria
Stelzhamerstraße 23
2 position(s) available at
University of Padova
via VIII Febbraio, 2
1 position(s) available at
RWTH Aachen
Campus-Boulevard 30
2 position(s) available at
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
1090 GB
Science Park 123
1 position(s) available at
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
Am Wolfsmantel 33
1 position(s) available at
Materialise nv
Technologielaan 15
1 position(s) available at
Waygate Technologies / Baker Hughes Digital Solutions GmbH
Niels-Bohr-Str. 7
1 position(s) available at
Leiden University
2333 CA
Niels Bohrweg 1
1 position(s) available at
Volume Graphics GmbH
Wieblinger weg 92A

EURAXESS offer ID: 607993


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