Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Fully funded MSCA ITN PhD Position: Technical aspects for inclusiveness across user domains in data portals (ODECO ESR8)

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    Universidad de Zaragoza
    Computer science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/08/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Spain › Zaragoza
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Are you passionate about research with a societal impact? Do you want to be part of an excellent, world-leading team of engaged open data researchers and practitioners? Check out this position!

This fully funded PhD position is part of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN project entitled "ODECO: Towards a Sustainable Open Data ECOsystem" (see www.odeco-research.eu). ODECO is a four-year project involving 15 PhD projects covering each a specific part of the open data ecosystem. The central aim of the ODECO consortium network is to train the next generation of creative and innovative early stage open data researchers, to unlock their creative and innovative potential to address current and future challenges in the creation of user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystems.

Current developments in the field of open data are characterised as highly fragmented. Open data ecosystems are often developed in different domains in isolation of each other and with little involvement of potential users, resulting in approaches that significantly limit open data reusability for users. This reduces innovation and the ability to create new valued added goods and services. Isolated domains also undermine interoperability for users acting as a barrier to data sharing. Efforts are also uncoordinated in open data training and research, where multidisciplinary approaches are scant.

Bringing together different sectors (research, private sector, government, non-profit) and different perspectives (public administration, law, business, engineering), ODECO aims to address the central challenge of realizing a user driven, circular and inclusive open data ecosystem. Through its novel research and training programme, ODECO will provide early stage researchers with relevant open data knowledge, skills and research experience.

The offered PhD position is to develop methods and tools that, from a technological point of view, close the open data cycle by delivering actionable feedback to open data publishers across user domains. By analysing how open data initiatives have implemented their portals to date, the position project aims to:

  • Identify gaps and disservices derived from technical decisions taken in open data portals and open data initiatives related to technical interoperability that difficult closing the cycle, especially when different user domains are involved;
  • Identify practices and technical decisions taken in open data portals and open data initiatives that have implemented or supported circularity measures and initiatives;
  • Design of new methods to evaluate if the technical decisions that an open data portal implements, such as those related to the technical interoperability, may harm the degree of circularity of the portal (especially when the portal must satisfy multiple user groups from different domains whose requirements can be mutually exclusive);
  • Develop tools that deliver actionable feedback to open data publishers based on the use of open data across user domains.

During the PhD, the candidate will conduct this research and prepare scientific articles presenting the research at conferences and in journals. To enable the candidate to do this successfully, University of Zaragoza offers personal and professional training courses in the form of a graduate school, in which the candidate will participate (the fee is paid by the project and there are no additional costs for this). Furthermore, in addition to her/his scientific supervisors, the applicant will receive an independent senior researcher as mentor, to aid her/his personal career development.

More Information


The ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The conditions of this PhD position includes the following:

  • Monthly living allowance: €3,119/month (€37,435/year)
  • Monthly mobility allowance: €600/month
  • Monthly family allowance, if applicable and depending on the family situation: 250€/month.

All researchers will be recruited under an employment contract that includes social security coverage.

The living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. The rate indicated here is for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis. The mobility and family allowances are fixed amounts, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in which the researcher is recruited.

Eligibility criteria

University of Zaragoza will recruit prospective talented researchers of any nationality, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation or age. University of Zaragoza supports equal opportunities in its recruiting processes no matter the gender, age, ethnic, national or any other personal condition, provided that the rest of the eligibility conditions of the MSCA-ITN programme are met. University of Zaragoza respects the European Charter and Code for Researchers in the development of its processes relating with people management.

Since this PhD position is part of a Horizon Marie Curie ITN project, several hard selection criteria apply to be eligible:

  • You comply with the early-stage researcher definition: at the time of recruitment (January 2022), you must be in the first four years (full‐time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • You comply with the mobility rule, meaning that you must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (January 2022).
  • You are expected to be embedded for 2 to 3 months at other organizations in Spain and Greece in the consortium as part of placements and assignments; secondments.

Selection process

To apply, you should submit:

  • A short cover letter explaining your personal motivation in pursuing a PhD as part of ODECO, including how you see the PhD fitting into your career trajectory.
  • A CV, which should include details of your eligibility (degree and residency).
  • Diploma
  • Transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • A sample of writing, e.g., master thesis, scientific publications, professional or popular science writing.
  • English language certificate(s).
  • 2–3 recommendation letters or contact details of references.
  • Other information for consideration

Applications should be submitted by email to odeco@unizar.es. Applications should be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration.

Applications and enclosures received after the deadline will not be considered.

Documental evidence of all the eligibility-relevant assertions in the CV will be required from the candidates selected for interview. No reply will be given to those applications not fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

Candidates may apply prior to obtaining their master’s degree but cannot begin before having received it.

The selection process includes a remote interview.

Additional comments

For inquiries regarding to this individual position, applicants are invited to write an email with the subject “ODECO ESR8" to Francisco J Lopez-Pellicer (fjlopez@unizar.es). For general inquiries about ODECO and other positions, applicants are invited to send an email to odeco-esr@tudelft.nl.  

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Offer Requirements

    Computer science: Master Degree or equivalent
    ENGLISH: Good


The candidate must have a master's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Systems, Information Technology, or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Experience with qualitative research methods is expected and experience with quantitative research methods is 'nice to have'. Good command of spoken and written English is required (min. B2 or equivalent required).

Specific Requirements

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Systems Engineering and Computer Science at University of Zaragoza. It is required 300 Graduate ECTS (of which at least 60 ECTS must of a Master degree) by the time the student is hired. If your degree proceeds from outside the European Higher Education Area, your certifications may need to be validated to the host institution country. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see its website (choose English on the top menu).

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Aragon Institute of Engineering Research (I3A)
C/ María de Luna, 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 658645


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