14 PhD positions available in research areas of Clean Water, Sustainable Energy & Resources

EMPOWER is a doctoral programme co-funded by the European Commission through a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) (Co-funding of regional, national and international programmes (COFUND).

EMPOWER is an innovative doctoral training programme aiming to encourage the entrepreneurship in research. The objective is to create a highly demanded type of professional in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), with the skillset to operate between academic chairs, established knowledge-intensive companies, start-ups, public authorities and the general public, to develop and realize solutions for the challenges of the 21st century in the field of water. The resulting next-generation PhD will be a scientific entrepreneur that fosters the commercialization of scientific discoveries, generates a clear communication channel between industry and university and creates pathways for their coexistence.

Overall, the doctoral training programme consists of four main, interconnected parts, which are dedicated to developing different skills: research, multidisciplinary expertise, entrepreneurship and personal development. In particular, Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) enrolling in EMPOWER are asked to integrate their PhD path with an integrated business- oriented training (MBA), which allows for a dual degree. This dual training is fundamental to prepare STEM PhD students for careers in entrepreneurship. The MBA comprises a business secondment, related to the research project of the ESR, at one industry/company.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, at the deadline of the call, the candidate must fulfil the following mandatory criteria, according to the early-stage and mobility MSCA criteria:

  • Hold an MSc degree in the discipline associated with the research topic.
  • The candidate’s full-time equivalent research experience must be less than four years, measured from the date when the candidate obtained the degree entitling them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the candidate is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.
  • The candidate may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the deadline of the call. Time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  • The candidate must not hold a doctoral degree.

Research Positions

The application documents have to be sent exclusively via the web-based application form on the specific webpage of the research project of choice.

Guide for Applicants

Deadline: 29 October 2021