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15 PhD positions in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project SULTAN (EU) Deadline: August 15, 2018

Innovative Training Network

The Horizon 2020 Program of the European Commission

Application Deadline

August 15, 2018

Program Commencement

January 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Three Years

Program Details

SULTAN is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, Germany, Finland, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and the Netherlands. SULTAN is looking for 15 PhD students with the following backgrounds: Geology – Chemistry – Chemical Engineering – Metallurgy – Environmental Engineering – Materials Engineering.

In order to develop a highly skilled work force to mitigate environmental risks and to economically recover valuable raw materials, the European Training Network (ETN) for the remediation and reprocessing of sulfidic mining waste sites (SULTAN) provides the first-ever training program dedicated to the reprocessing of tailings. SULTAN has pooled the interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise of leading EIT RawMaterials members, world-leading mining and chemical companies, covering all the links in the tailings-reprocessing value chain. SULTAN develops cutting-edge methodologies to assess the resource potential of Europe’s main tailings families and explores eco-friendly mining chemicals to be used in advanced metal-extraction/recovery set-ups. SULTAN also valorizes the clean(ed) tailing residues in circular-economy applications, including inorganic polymers, green cements and ceramics.

The 15 SULTAN researchers benefit from a unique soft-skills training program and maximize the impact of their research through dissemination and exploitation. This will kick-start their careers as highly employable professionals in the EU’s tailings reprocessing/remediation sector, as well as for geological surveys, teaching and scientific organisations, and public bodies. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Descriptions & Requirements

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Those who are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers are eligible to apply (click here for more details).

International applicants must not have resided in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

Proficiency in oral and written English is mandatory.

For particular details and the specific requirements for each of the 15 positions, click here.

The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months.The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married).

Application Process

Candidates apply electronically (link given below) for up to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Applicants are required to submit: (1) a detailed CV (Europass format obligatory), and (2) a motivation letter.

During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible as per ESR definition, mobility criteria, and English language proficiency (for details and definitions, click here).

The SULTAN Recruitment Committee selects between 20 and 30 candidates for the Recruitment Event which will take place in Leuven, Belgium on October 18, 2018. The selected candidates will provide a 20 minutes 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 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. Prior to the recruitment event, skype interviews between the Supervisors and the candidates are recommended, along with on-line personality tests.

Please submit the online application here.

For queries and clarifications, contact Dr. Peter Tom Jones  at +32 (0) 16 32 12 13 & +32 (0) 486 83 64 94 or write to

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