From January 10th, 2018 to March 31th, 2018
The Energy and Environment Solutions initiative (E2S-UPPA) is a substantial, multi-year growth plan (https://e2s-uppa.fr/). Problem-oriented, inter-disciplinary and transverse research in Energy and Environment, is pursed while putting the emphasis on either industry relevance or high visibility in leading academic journals. Interests span over all areas of Energy and Environment, including but not limited to optimization of geo-resources exploration and exploitation, optimization of energy storage, materials for renewable energy, composites for structural lightening, analytical and microbial environmental analysis for diagnostic and remediation, as well as evaluation of organisms adaptation to environmental stresses in evolving or controlled ecosystems, and social issues about energy and environment.
We seek for 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 Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physico-Chemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM, http://iprem.univ-pau.fr) has developed over the last 10 years sound experience in analytical and physicochemical activities for environment and materials science.
‐The Pluridisciplinary Institute for Applied Research (IPRA, http://ipra.univ-pau.fr) favors collaborative research (mathematics, physics and chemistry, geosciences and numerical modelling) strongly focused on geo-resources exploration, modelling and production, sustainable construction and aeronautics.
‐The research federation Aquatic Environments and Resources (MIRA, http://milieux-aquatiques.univ-pau.fr) drives the activities of biologists, chemists, mathematicians and physicists on natural and controlled aquatic environments and their biological resources.
‐Through major interdisciplinary efforts with social sciences, Pau Droit Public (PDP, http://paudroitpublic.univ-pau.fr) and the PASSAGES units (http://set.univ-pau.fr) conduct public law development and societal research related to the energy and environmental transitions.
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 noticeable by their scientific excellence to whom we will offer scientific challenges that meet their expectations.
Number of Funding for PhD: Eight doctoral grants are offered over a 3 years period [monthly gross salary before taxes = 1870 €, which include extra gratification for teaching duties - 32 hours per year].
Employer : Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) – Start : September, 2018 - Duration : 36 months
‐Citizens of all nationalities are eligible to apply.
‐Entrance requirements: candidates must hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent degree, with outstanding records.
‐English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not French or English are usually required to provide proofs of proficiency of the required language skills.
‐Required competencies: Applicants are expected to show outstanding commitment connected to the research priorities of the laboratories hosted by the consortium.
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 her/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
Candidates must send their application as a single PDF file, written in English including the documents listed below before March 31, 2018 (midnight, Paris time), to firstname.lastname@example.org
Required application documents (single pdf file):
‐Cover letter - 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications and achievements, and emphasis on future goals and research focus.
‐Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in (see list at the end of this call)? To be indicated in the motivation letter
‐Copies of certificates of any academic degrees and marks reports during their master studies; for candidates with a Master’s degree in progress during the 2017-2018 academic year, please join marks and rankings corresponding to the first semester of the M2.
‐Copies of certificates of French and/or English languages skills (for non French or English speaking applicants)
‐Two letters of recommendation.
CONTACT : For general questions about the application assistance, please contact: email@example.com
Innovative concept and topics to be considered (indicative list):
E2S will tackle this based on the quality of the available task force, 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.Lire la suite