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C-NEWTRAL Vacancies

The call for applicants to 12 Doctoral Candidate posts is now closed. 


10+2 Doctoral Candidates will be overall employed to conduct research on how to advance towards achieving climate-neutral cities on different dimensions through citizen engagement and decision-making support. 

There is a great team of academics and experts involved in supervision and training, and the consortium is now inviting applications for 10+2 doctoral candidates (Researchers) for these fully-funded positions. The Researchers will be employed on a full-time basis for 36 months and based at one of the six host institutions. They will also spend time on secondment at non-academic partners, thereby ensuring that all Researchers will spend time in both academia and industry.

Please read the details of each project description and further instructions on 'How to Apply' for these positions.

Salary and Benefits

Host University Country Correction Coefficient Gross Salary per anum € Gross Monthly Mobility Allowance € Gross Monthly Family Allowance € (if applicable)
University College Dublin 1.195 37,204 540 594
University of Bologna 0.974 32,216 486 535
Heidelburg University 0.983 30,851 462 508
 University of Helsinki 1.195 37,505 462 508
University of Girona 0.913 27,558 444 488
Queens University Belfast 1.369 40,602 554 554

*Please note that the figures provided above are estimates. Exact salary and allowances will be confirmed upon appointment.

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How to Apply

  1. Read the individual vacancy descriptions and check that you meet the conditions specified (pdf files with full details can be downloaded above) . 
  2. Submit your expression of interest, containing all documents specified in the post vacancy (in English), consolidated into one single PDF. The PDF must be uploaded via this (opens in a new window)GOOGLE FORM.  Candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality of the application, expertise, work experience, and qualifications. 
  3. You can apply for up to three posts via this (opens in a new window)GOOGLE FORM by selecting a first preference, second preference and third preference.
  4. If you are unable to access the google form, please email your application file in PDF format to (opens in a new window)coordinator@c-newtral.eu 
  5. After an initial screening, shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an online or in-person interview. They may be required to furnish/present a more detailed research proposal comprising literature review, methodology, expected contribution. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

Additional Details

  1. Applicants must not have been awarded a doctorate. 
  2. Must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the recruiting Institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of recruitment.
  3. Candidates should have a high level of English proficiency to ensure full advantage is taken from the network training.
  4. Meet all eligibility criteria as outlined in the individual research project descriptions.

The candidate will be selected on the basis of the quality of the application, expertise, work experience, and qualifications. In the first instance, an expression of interest should be lodged containing the following documents (in English) consolidated into one single PDF

  • A current CV  (max 2 pages) 
  • A short cover letter (max 300 words) explaining briefly your motivation and key research experience/achievements that demonstrate independent thinking and your ability to complete a PhD. 
  • A research outline (max 500 words) related to the DC topic (to suggest how you meet and can develop further the research project described in this ad). If you are applying for up to 3 PhD positions in C-NEWTRAL, you can refer to all, while prioritising your choices. 
  • Details of 2 referees (names, contact details) who can provide information about your qualifications 
  • Official Academic Record - Bachelor's and Master’s Diplomas and Transcripts
  • One work sample demonstrating prior achievement in research, enquiry or debate, e.g. a published paper or software, standards or policy contribution; extract of dissertation or master’s thesis
  • Any other requirements as outlined in the individual research project description

Key Dates

  • 1 April 2024

    Submission deadline for 10 DC ProjectsClosed for applications

  • March - May 2024

    Interviews for shortlisted candidates.

    *University of Helsinki (UH) interviews (for Projects 1 & 10) will take place between 11th and 22nd March

  • April - September 2024

    Offers sent to successful candidates

  • August - November 2024

    Commencement of posts