20 PhD positions open in the themes of IT, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and the Creative Industries



The Collaboration in Training and Innovation for Growing, Evolving and Networked Societies (CITI-GENS) programme at Queen’s University Belfast is a MSCA COFUND Doctoral Training Programme. It will recruit and train 20 outstanding international early stage researchers (ESRs) who will be transformed into a professional and skilled cohort addressing global challenges aligned to the themes of the Belfast Region City Deal innovation ecosystem: Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Life Sciences and the Creative Industries.

The CITI-GENS programme is hosted by the award winning Graduate School at Queen's University Belfast. The Graduate School is an intellectual and social hub for all postgraduates that connects students across disciplines to one another, and to mentors, thought leaders, and employers both within the university and beyond. Successful applicants will be part of a cohort of research students, creating a community and exciting learning environment. They will benefit from an interdiscplinary supervisory team offering a unique perspective on their project and preparing them for work across disciplinary boundaries in their future career. They will also have an external partner from a non academic organistion on their project, offering an intersectoral experience, often in the form of secondments/placements.
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Reporting to their Principal Supervisor, the Early Stage Researcher will be responsible for the completion of a PhD within the time-scale set (three years). The ESR will be fully responsible for the development of a research plan and subsequently for the delivery of that plan leading to successful completion of the PhD.

The ESR is also responsible for attendance on a training and development programme which will involve participation in a range of training events and collaboration with an external project partner within the non-academic sector. The ESR will be responsible for working with other researchers within the Marie Curie CITI-GENS Cohort and with researchers and staff within their School.

The successful candidate must be:

  • Able to evidence having already reached academic threshold for PhD study as defined within the CITI-GENS Programme and in relation to disciplinary norms.

  • An Early Career Researcher as defined by the European Union in its funding agreements.

  • Compliant with the mobility rule as defined by the European Union in its funding agreements.

  • Experienced with research and of working in research teams.

For further information including a list of available research projects, and to apply please visit go.qub.ac.uk/citigens.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Adele Ward, Project Administrator via email at citigens@qub.ac.uk

Closing date: Friday 10 July 2020

Interviews are anticipated to take place during September.

The application process for the CITI-GENS Programme is different to other PhD application processes for Queen’s University, Belfast.

It is important that you read the Application Pack full details on the application process.

Applications are made through the Queen’s University Postgraduate Applications Portal.

Applicants can save their application data and return to it, to complete at a later date. Applicants must complete all elements of the online application form, noting the specific requirements for the CITI-GENS Programme as indicated below.

If applying for more than one project, applicants must submit multiple applications.