ESS Seek Expressions of Interest to Partner in a COFUND Application for future PhD studentships

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The Marie Składowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) will have a call for proposals, opening on 10 October 2023 ( ESS are preparing an application to this call. This is to establish an international programme for recruiting, training and providing career development opportunities for up to 30 PhD students in two cohorts.

ESS are seeking academic partners interested to work with us in this COFUND application and in the formation and participation of the PhD programme that would result. We aspire to collaborate with two or more partners in each of our thirteen member states (Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom), complementing the ESS ecosystem. We aim for the PhD students to spend between 6 and 24 months based at the ESS site and the remainder of the time based at their academic institute. It is expected there will be a shorter period working alongside suitable industrial partners. Research should be in the scientific use of neutrons to study materials of any description rather than in the design and development of the ESS machine or spallation science.

This will be an exciting time to work with us – during the course of the PhD programme we will achieve intentional neutron production and move into the early science phase at ESS.

If you are interested in joining with us, or want to hear more, please complete this short Expression of Interest form before 17:00 on Friday 13th October, 2023. We encourage you to speak to your faculty and include their details on the form. Please share this link with other colleauges or collaborators who you believe may be interested.

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