Do you want to become a researcher who will develop new characterization technique for innovative and sustainable material? You could make a step change in improving the electromagnetic shielding of future vehicles. Designing Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design Electromagnetic shielding solutions for our future mobility is urgently needed.
We propose you to join a long-lasting multidisciplinary, academic-industrial network for doctoral training, with leading European industries and academia.
The Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Network (DN) “PARASOL – European Doctoral Network for Safe and Sustainable ElectroMagnetic Shielding Solutions for Mobility” has a consortium formed by 6 hiring Universities: TU Eindhoven (NL), University of Twente (NL), KU Leuven (BE), Tomáš Baťa University (CZ), University of York (UK) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ES). Together, these universities have a proven track record in the management of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), Material Engineering, Sustainability Management, and System-Safety Engineering, and are the leaders in their field in Europe. 16 Industrial Partners are completing the Doctoral Network, and representing the complete life cycle of (future) shielding solutions dedicated to Mobility: starting with development of Innovative Material (DSM, Dycomet), design and packaging of Integrated Chips and Power Switches (NXP, CITC, Dynex), Interconnects and Cables design (Ferristorm, Radiotechnika, Schlegel) and, to ensure completeness of the traning program, all means of transport with cars (Jaguar-Land-Rover, Ford, Lotus), trains (Siemens), planes (NLR, Evektor) and ships (Thales).
This project has received funding from the European Union's EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Europe Horizon under Grant Agreement No. 101072881 and UKRI (Public Body for Innovation and Research in UK, for position DR5 and DR9).
We are looking for a Doctoral Researcher who will develop neat methods for material characterization, covering a large frequency band (100MHz-10GHz), to measure the complete constituent without modifying the material under test. While broad-band methods for material characterization at frequencies are relatively well established for dielectric materials, convenient methods for characterization of magnetic materials are much rarer and often cumbersome. This novel (in-situ) material characterization method applied to a set carbon-fiber-filled plastic produced with specialists from the company DSM. To overcome the intrinsic connection limitations in such fiber composites, synergistic filler combinations will be exploited (e.g., with carbon fillers).
As one of the 12 Doctoral Candidates of the DN PARASOL, you will be trained to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, with a new mindset tuned towards the inclusion of the Safe and Sustainable-by-Design (SSbD) framework - a holistic approach that integrates the safety, circularity, energy efficiency and functionality of materials, products, and processes throughout their lifecycle – into the design of innovative shielding solutions for mobility. For this inclusion to occur, each DR will develop through their research the missing dedicated materials, tools and techniques, and apply them to a representative set of shielding solutions under development. This hands-on training is supplemented with several scientific professional courses and an immersive training where the DRs can fine-tune their skills for the Jobs of tomorrow, while addressing the societal challenges of the PARASOL program.
Applicants need to fully respect the following eligibility and mobility criteria (to demonstrated in the Europass CV):
The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Doctoral Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance, and a family allowance (if applicable). The guaranteed PhD funding is for
36 months (i.e., EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin). Position DR5 and DR9 are exceptions to these conditions and will be directly funded by UKRI (Public Body for Innovation and Research in UK).
In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills for the Jobs of Tomorrow acquired through a unique immersive learning.
PARASOL website : https://parasol-project.eu/
PARASOL Recruitment website : https://recruitment.parasol-project.eu/
Do you have a question: please contact: dr.ir. Anne Roc’h (a.roch[at]tue.nl) – Coordinator of PARASOL and Supervisor of DR2.
All applications proceed first through the on-line recruitment portal on the www.parasol-project.eu website. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed
CV (Europass format  obligatory), a motivation letter and transcripts of bachelor and master’s degree . During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible
(cf. DR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency). The deadline for the on-line registration is 30 September 2022. The PARASOL Recruitment Committee selects between
24 and maximum 30 candidates for the Recruitment Event which will take place in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) (Beginning November 2022). The selected candidates provide a 20-minute presentation and are interviewed by the Recruitment Committee. Candidates will be given a domain-relevant peer-reviewed paper (prior to the recruitment event) by their prioritized Supervisor(s) and will be asked questions about this paper during the interview to check if the candidate has the right background/profile for the DR position. Prior to the recruitment event, skype interviews between the Supervisor(s) and the candidates are recommended, along with on-line personality tests. In order to facilitate their travel, selected candidates (from outside The Netherlands) receive a fixed, lump sum of 250 euro (paid by the prioritized Supervisor). If local circumstances in the country of residence of a candidate or supervisor do not allow for travels (e.g due to COVID-19 restrictions), a good quality digital connection will need to be organised. The final decision on who to recruit is communicated shortly after the Recruitment Event (estimated Mid November 2022). The selected DRs are to start their research as quickly as possible (targeted date: 1 March 2023).
We look forward to your application and will screen it as soon as we have received it. Screening will continue until the position has been filled.
 Master students who will graduate in the next coming months are welcome to apply. In that case, please provide an overview of the transcripts that are already available.