15 PhD positions available in Materials Science within the MSCA Doctoral Network - CESAREF

CESAREF will train researchers in multi-engineering areas and expose them to the academic and non-academic sectors through international and inter-sectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set. They will get the right combination of research-related and transferable competences in the full production-to-the-end-of-life cycle of refractory materials applied to Iron & Steelmaking processes with regards to the new operation conditions requested by the drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, improved energy efficiency, and by life cycle assessment requirements. An important part of the project will be dedicated to the sustainability of refractories, including recycling issues, using the Life Cycle Assessment methodology.

15 doctoral candidates will take advantage of the most sophisticated numerical tools and laboratory equipment to model, design and predict the life of refractory materials in critical operational conditions. Being trained in scientific, technical, and soft skills, these PhDs are the next generation of highly employable scientists and engineers in the refractory sector and related areas. New testing methods and models will be developed to address the Scientific/Technological challenges for these applications and help to design better performing and sustainable refractory materials and linings. The research training is implemented through strong relationships between 10 academia and 16 industrial partners across the EU.

PhD Positions

  • PhD 01 - Documenting the upstream of refractories manufacturing
  • PhD 02 - Comparison between production routes
  • PhD 03 - Enhanced value in use of refractories in industrial systems, by developing LCA methodologies
  • PhD 04 - Use of metallurgical residues as potential raw materials for high performance refractory castables
  • PhD 05 - Characterization of refractory material properties after usage for recyclability determination
  • PhD 06 - Microstructure design of refractory castables for in use thermomechanical properties optimization
  • PhD 07 - Microstructure dependence of local strain through in-situ micromechanical investigations
  • PhD 08 - Discrete Element Method to support microstructure design of refractories
  • PhD 09 - Influence of microstructure of refractory materials on the macroscopic mechanical behaviour
  • PhD 10 - Microstructural impact on refractory materials during In-Situ testing by means of X-Ray imaging methods
  • PhD 11 - Influence of H2 containing atmospheres on the thermo-mechanical behaviour of refractories
  • PhD 12 - Corrosion and changes of microstructure and thermal properties of refractory castables in H2 combustion atmospheres
  • PhD 13 - Sensoring material performance in use, and monitoring using machine learning
  • PhD 14 - Smart Factory: Predicting thermal behaviour of steel ladles with advanced digital methods
  • PhD 15 - Smart Factory: Enhancing energy efficiency in steel making through advanced digital technologies

Eligibility Criteria

  1. First stage researchers (R1) are those who, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career, counting from the date on which the degree formally entitles to undertake a doctorate is obtained. That means typically, for European (or worldwide) applicants, in the first four years after their master’s degree. 

  2. Conditions of international mobility of researchers: researchers must undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the first appointment (first recruitment period within CESAREF project). At the time of selection by the host organization, researchers must not have lived or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not considered. For further information regarding the eligibility criteria, please refer to the official documents of the funding agency.

Recruitment Process

  1. Deadline for applications: Monday, 27 June 27 (earlier application is highly recommended)

  2. Preselection of the best candidates (up to 5) by the PhD Supervision Committees (PhD-SC) for each PhD: Friday, July 1st 

  3. Interviews of the best candidates during a collective recruitment event in Brussels*, either face to face or by video conference for people outside Europe: Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 22nd 

  4. Final decision: end of July * Financial support will be provided for travel expenses.

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