15 PhD positions open in the field of PFASs contaminants

The Innovative Training Network PERFORCE3 (PER and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) towards the Future Of Research and its Communication in Europe 3) is a Europe-wide multi-partner doctoral research training programme in the field of PFASs contaminants coordinated by Stockholm University and funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under its Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

PFASs comprise more than 4’700 substances and are of high global concern due to poorly defined risks to the environment and human health. PERFORCE3 will greatly improve the understanding of these globally pervasive contaminants, find solutions for PFAS contamination problems and improve environmental and human health risk assessment frameworks and policies.

The ITN PERFORCE3 brings together world leaders in a range of disciplines (physical, synthetic, environmental and analytical chemistry, pharmacokinetics, epidemiology, toxicology, remediation science and chemical policy) with state-of-the-art technologies, providing high quality doctoral training and research environments to 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). The training includes independent research work in individual yet interlinked research projects and a well-structured training programme including technical and professional transferable skills courses, network meetings and workshops as well as lab visits and secondments. Participation in PERFORCE3 will equip young scientists with research and transferable skills and competences, while fostering their creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship and boosting their career perspectives through international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility opportunities.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • At the time of appointment (i.e. start date of the employment), applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the applicant obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited).

  • At the time of appointment, applicants must not hold a doctoral degree or equivalent.

  • Applicants can be of any nationality. However, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment. Short stays, such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (i.e. before refugee status is conferred), are not included. 

Additional Requirements:

  • Hold a MSc degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant to the specific ESR project (see requirements of individual projects below)

  • Scientific and technical skills, knowledge and experience relevant to the specific project (see specific requirements of individual projects below)

  • Excellent English language and communication skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing)

  • Motivation to pursue a PhD, independence and ability to collaborate and engage in a training network

  • Willingness to relocate and reside abroad for at least 3 years and to travel for secondments, training and project meetings.

  • Applicants must be available to start the PhD position before 1 July 2020.

Application Procedure:

Applications must be submitted following local application procedures of the PERFORCE3 organization hosting the position.

Further information on the projects, host institutions, supervisors and application deadline and procedure (including the list of the necessary documents that need to be submitted) can be found here