Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

1 MSCA ITN PhD position available in RecaP: Phosphorus and Iron recovery from iron phosphate materials

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    University of Oulu
    Biological sciences
    Environmental science
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    21/06/2022 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Finland › Oulu
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


The RecaP ITN research and educational program trains a new generation of Phosphorus specialists to become ‘knowledge brokers’ across disciplinary silos. We will not just explore technical aspects of the global P challenge, but also where solutions can be implemented.

The PhD student will participate in both industrial and research positions to ensure sustainable P changes across the EU and globally. Applicants must apply via the hosting institution as indicated on the RecaP website.

The application deadline is 21 June, 2022:

ESR6 Phosphorus and Iron recovery from iron phosphate materials. Host: Henrikki Liimatainen, University of Oulu, Finland


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The ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Each fellowship includes the following:

  • Monthly living allowance: €3,270/month (€39,240/year); this amount is then adjusted through the application of a country correction coefficient to the living allowance of the country in which the researcher is recruited. 

  • Monthly mobility allowance: €600/month

  • Monthly family allowance, if applicable and depending on the family situation: 500€/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

RecaP values diversity, and does not discriminate based on gender, religion, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or cultural background. Additionally, RecaP seeks to increase the number of women in scientific areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Comply with the mobility rule, meaning that they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. 

  • Comply with the early-stage researcher definition: at the time of recruitment by the hosting institution, candidates must be in the first four years (full‐time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. 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 exempt/excluded.

  • Fulfil the requirements to be able to enroll in a doctoral program at the hosting institution/country, and, if applicable, the specific eligibility requirements at the hosting institutions.

  • Proficiency in English is required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written.

Selection process

Slight variations in the process exist across each host institution, but in general follow an application review and two interview rounds. The specific hosting institution process takes precedent; please review information carefully. Please review the details on the RecaP website under Recruitment, Application and Selection Process.

Additional comments

For further information about this position or University of Oulu, please contact Professor Henrikki Liimatainen (henrikki.liimatainen@oulu.fi).

For further information about the RecaP Project, please contact Project Manager Jake Reardon: jare@sdu.dk

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Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent



We are looking for a person with a MSc degree (granted no later than appointment date, July-August 2022) in chemistry, chemical engineering, process engineering, or material science. Especially, the background related to (inorganic) chemistry is important. You are able to work as a part of a larger, multidisciplinary group, and you have the ability to take your own initiatives, being able to collaborate with in industrial and research partners. Good communication skills in English both spoken and written are required.

The position is located at University of Oulu (Finland), at the Fiber and Particle Engineering research group.

Please review the main duties for all ESR positions by visiting the: https://www.sdu.dk/en/forskning/recap  


Additionally, the successful candidate must meet the MSCA criteria: 

• Early Stage Researcher: Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctorate. This 4-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, excluding military, parental, sick leave, etc. 

• Mobility Rule: Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Finland for more than 12 months in the last 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 exempt/excluded. 

Specific Requirements

Application Process 

Applications, together with all relevant enclosures, should be submitted using the electronic application form by 21st of June 2022. The application should be written in English and include the following:

  1. 1-2 page Motivation Letter (describing your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project)
  2. A curriculum vitae including personal contact information and previous employment. 
  3. Copies of Bachelor and Master certificates / diploma, or anticipated date of degree.
  4. A full list of scientific publications on which the applicant wishes to rely (if available).
  5. Letters of recommendation
  6. Language certificate (English)


Please specifically address these questions in the application portal:

  1. Please specifically address these questions in the application portal:

    1.    I agree that I have not resided in Finland for more than 12 months in the last 3 years.
      •     Yes/No
    2.     I confirm I am an early-stage researcher (i.e. in the first four years of research career and do not have a doctoral degree).
      •    Yes/No
    3.    I hold a master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or will receive this before appointment date (July-August 2022).
      •   Yes/No


During the application process, statistical information about the genders of applicants will be shared with the coordinating institution (University of Southern Denmark) in order to ensure a balanced recruitment process. 

Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. We may use shortlisting in this process. Data collected from candidates will be used for recruitment purposes only and will not be shared outside of the RecaP consortium unless authorized by the applicant.


The salary is commensurate with the MCSA program.

The RecaP website includes more detailed information about salary, recruitment and selection.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
University of Oulu
Pentti Kaiteran katu 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 796277


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