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35 PhD positions available in varied domains within the MSCA COFUND programme - AUFRANDE

The Australia-France Network of Doctoral Excellence (AUFRANDE)

The Australia France Network of Doctoral Excellence (AUFRANDE) is a highly ambitious interdisciplinary doctoral program linking France and Australia, with a strong support from the industry. AUFRANDE seeks to recruit excellent doctoral researchers of any nationality, gender, and background from around the world.

AUFRANDE is currently recruiting for 35 doctoral research positions as part of its highly ambitious interdisciplinary programme, bringing together universities, research institutes, and non-academic institutions worldwide.

Each open position is advertised with three research project options, only one of which will be funded. Applicants are invited to choose the research project option that best suits them.

AUFRANDE researchers will benefit from high standards and excellent working conditions including international experience, access to research discipline experts, and top-level training, as well as close interactions with academic and industry leaders across the world, enhancing their career potential and employability.

The programme aims to recruit 64 doctoral researchers in total. The first call for 35 positions opened on 14 February 2023.

The second call for applications is foreseen to open in November 2023.


AUFRANDE is co-funded by the European Union and committed to the MSCA’s best practices for providing sustainable training and international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral mobility. It is a highly ambitious interdisciplinary doctoral programme, bringing together universities, research institutes and non-academic institutions worldwide. Its mission is to recruit and train a cohort of 64 highly qualified doctoral researchers equipped with solid academic training covering research, technical and transferable skills.

AUFRANDE aims to build a sustainable research community, by creating a critical mass of collaborative doctoral training agreements between multiple institutions across France and Australia, and facilitating regular in person and virtual networking opportunities. It is coordinated by RMIT Europe, the European hub of RMIT University, a global university of technology, design and enterprise with campuses in Australia and Vietnam. Based in Spain, RMIT Europe is the university’s gateway for European research, industry, government and enterprise to innovation and talent in Australia and Asia.

What it is offered

AUFRANDE researchers will benefit from high standards and excellent working conditions including international experience, access to research discipline experts and top-level training, as well as close interactions with academic and industry leaders across the world, enhancing their career potential and employability. 

As an AUFRANDE researcher you will:

  • Be enrolled in doctoral programs at two entities in France and Australia, with the chance to be awarded dual doctorates
  • Work on innovative projects of high commercial and societal value
  • Be recruited under a French employment contract, including social security coverage
  • Be employed full-time for a minimum period of 36-months
  • Earn an above-national standard salary
  • See the world with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including a 6 to 12 months residential stay in Australia
  • Form part of a rich multidisciplinary network of researchers and supervisors coming together in annual, autumn training schools in France and Australia
  • Work closely and gain experience with the AUFRANDE’s pool of industry leaders

Who is eligible

AUFRANDE is a PhD training program for talented researchers of any age, nationality, culture, gender, and sexual orientation, co-funded by the European Union as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). Candidates applying for an open position must fulfil all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Not have been awarded a doctoral degree. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will NOT be considered eligible to apply; and
  • Not have resided in France for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call’s deadline* (i.e. from 11 April 2020); and
  • Not be already permanently employed by the research host for the position you are applying to; and
  • Fulfil the requirements to enrol in a doctoral program at both PhD-awarding institutions in France and Australia (as described in each position description); and
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency.

List of open positions

AUFRANDE offers best-practice multi-faceted, multi-modal group and individual training on relevant knowledge and competencies for doctoral candidates. Each recruited researcher, together with their supervisors, will elaborate a personalised training plan according to their research and career objectives.

All AUFRANDE researchers will be enrolled in a dual PhD programme, in both France and Australia, and will therefore benefit from a tailored mentoring and the doctoral courses available at both universities. They will also benefit from being part of an international multi-disciplinary consortium and will have access to content from other partners. Each AUFRANDE researcher will carry out secondments and short visits based on their specific career interests, including a six to twelve month stay in Australia.

In parallel, AUFRANDE annual training schools, in France and Australia, will gather all the doctoral candidates, their supervisors, and representative from other consortium members. AUFRANDE training schools will facilitate collaborative learning in peer-groups and engaging training sessions delivered by topic experts. They will provide an excellent opportunity for community building and getting feedback from other participants on individual research projects.
Non-academic partners will have an active participation in the training programme.

Deadline: 11 April 2023