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3 PhD positions in ETN PETER project

Applications are invited for 3 PhD positions (Early Stage Researchers) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “PETER – Pan-European Training, research and education network on ElectroMagnetic Risk management” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. PETER is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and France.

Number of positions available

3 PhD positions

Research Fields

Electrical/Electronic Engineering – Reliability Engineering – Safety Engineering – System Engineering – Software Engineering – Communications Engineering – Risk Management – Physics – Safety Critical Systems


Electromagnetic Interference – Electromagnetic Compatibility -Functional Safety – Safety Assurance – Risk Analysis – Dependability – Trustworthy Systems – Automotive – Medical Equipment – Vessels – Critical Infrastructure

Career Stage

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) or 0-4 yrs (Post Graduate)

Benefits and Salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage 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 married). 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). 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 courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Online Recruitment Procedure

All applications proceed through the online recruitment portal for the considered position, as indicated below. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed CV (Europass format obligatory), a motivation letter and transcripts of bachelor and master degree . During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible according to ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency. The deadline for the online registration differs for each open ESR position and is indicated below. The PETER Recruitment Committee selects a list of candidates. 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 by their prioritised Supervisor and will be asked questions about this paper during the interview to check if the candidate has the right background/profile for the ESR position. The selected ESRs are to start their research as quickly as possible (target date: Jan 1, 2019).

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass CV):

Early Stage Researcher (ESR): those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

Conditions of International Mobility of Researchers: researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

English Proficiency: ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

The available PhD positions

ESR 11: Modelling and Reasoning about Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) Interactions in Autonomous and Complex Vessels

Objectives: In this post the ESR will develop a through-life EMI-risk-based modular safety case approach. The work will seek to understand how EMI fits into a risk-based safety assurance process for safety-critical / high integrity systems. The ESR will establish the contribution of EMI to risk can be synthesised and presented in a form suitable for all of the stakeholders in the marine industry (designers, ship builders, regulatory authorities and owners).

Host: University of York – Heslington Campus

Main Supervisor: Dr. Mark Nicholson (

Duration: 36 months

Required Profile: have at least a good first degree in System Safety, Electronics, Computer Science, Physics, or Mathematics or equivalent; be Fluent in English (IELTS 6.0 and above where study has not been in English); have knowledge of Electromagnetics.

Online registration:  (at the bottom of the page)

Deadline online registration: October 11, 2019

ESR 13: EMI Risk Management applied to the Next Generation Vehicular Communication Devices


•Analysis of emission and immunity of conventional and expected (GALILEO, 5G) systems for V2V, V2I, V2X

•Definition of resilience level and Safety Integrity Levels for critical systems

•Analysis of anti-jamming technologies, techniques and fall-back scenario’s for hardening at system level

Host: Universiteit Twente

Main Supervisor: Dr. Frank Leferink (

Duration: 36 months

Required Profile: We are seeking highly motivated persons with an excellent background and a MSc. degree in electrical engineering.

Online registration:!/315117/phd-position-in-the-eu-horizon-2020-marie-sklodowska-curie-project-peter

Deadline online registration: January 1, 2020

ESR 15: EMI Risk Management on the Scale of the Smart Grid as a Network of Systems

Objectives: The future power grid is a key example of the paradigm shift towards complex sensor and communication networks. The successful candidate will apply a stochastic risk-assessment approach to a typical smart grid system. Cascading effects between the subsystems will play a major role, while potential sources to be taken into account range from radar installations to geomagnetic storms. The local laboratory infrastructure of Fraunhofer INT (Euskirchen, Germany) will lend itself to sample investigations of the EMI susceptibility of grid components. Guidelines for implementing both hardware (redundancy, diversity, etc.) and software (failsafe procedures, redundancy, quick recovery, etc.) measures will be defined and validated.

Host: Fraunhofer INT

Main Supervisor: Dr. Michael Suhrke (

Duration: 36 months

Required Profile: Electrical (Power) Engineering, Communications Engineering, (Applied)

Online registration:

Deadline online registration: November 9, 2019