E2S-UPPA is handling a substantial, multi-year initiative devoted to three core research areas: (1) Energy: optimizing energy production and storage; (2) Environment: from anthropogenic disturbances to behavioral ecology; (3) Social issues – expertise, societal impacts and acceptation. Problem-oriented and inter-disciplinary research in Energy and Environment are pursued, and emphasis on either industry relevance or high scientific outcomes is put forward.
We seek outstanding candidates with a clear passion for research and who are excited by the opportunity to provide future solutions for energy and environment. Applications are invited from highly motivated candidates able to undertake a PhD project in all areas of Energy and Environment, connected to the research priorities of the laboratories hosted by the consortium:
The indicative list of innovative topics to be tackled by applicants is appended on the last page of this call.
Fellowships are opened to highly qualified graduates from any field of Energy and Environment, or from a closely related discipline. We wish to attract candidates who are distinguished by their scientific excellence to whom we will offer scientific challenges that meet their expectations.
Number of Funding for PhD: Twelve doctoral grants (monthly gross salary before taxes 1685 €) are offered over a 3 year period. In addition, there would be the possibility to gain some experience in teaching if desired (with extra gratification).
Employer: Université de Pau et des pays de l’Adour
Start: September, 2017
Duration: 36 months
Three steps selection:
1st step: Candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality of their curriculum in relationship with the disciplinary fields of E2S-UPPA.
2nd step: Selected candidates will be directed to the appropriate laboratories corresponding to their competencies. They will participate in the development of a doctoral research proposal with the potential supervisor(s) and a three year work plan schedule. The purpose of this step is to prepare a thesis topic matching the competencies of the candidate, the expectations of the thesis supervisor and the challenges of E2S-UPPA. Applicants must be supported by one or several local host laboratory(ies).
3rd step: Interview - the candidate will be invited to defend his project in front of the selection board.
Criteria of selection of the candidate:
The candidate’s motivation, scientific maturity and curiosity
Candidate's marks and rankings at the Master’s level of their academic cursus
The adequacy between the research project and his/her skills
Communication skills in written and spoken English
Ability to work independently and to take responsibility for the progress and the quality of the project
How to Apply: Candidates must send their application written in English including the documents listed below before June 10th, 2017, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Required application documents (single pdf file):
For general questions about the research or application assistance post submission, contact: email@example.com.
Innovative concept and topics to be considered (indicative list)
E2S will tackle this based on the task force qualities, among them:
UPPA is a leading research and teaching university, among the top 20 universities in France, located in the beautiful, culturally rich and highly diverse area of the Atlantic Pyrenees. E2S-UPPA is the result of established collaborations with the main national research centers, i.e. the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics (INRIA), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the French Geological Survey (BRGM). These hosts several laboratories committed in research within the core areas of Energy and Environment.
Private research is a key asset of southern Aquitaine with Industrial R&D centers settled on its territory, which forms one of the major centers of R&D in France. In this way, E2S-UPPA offers a research environment that benefits from a successful relation with private and public sector organizations that have leading positions, more particularly in the Energy and Environment areas. To address societal and/or technical challenges and contribute to industrial leadership, private research is thus a significant strength of the south of the region Nouvelle Aquitaine. Sound collaborations between UPPA and major companies are established on the territory with for instance Total, TIGF, Arkema, SAFRAN Helicopter Engines, Toray and Euralis just to cite a few.
UPPA is committed to building a diverse educational environment in agreement with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.