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SMARTINCS - Self-healing Multifunctional Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network "SMARTINCS - Self-healing Multifunctional Advanced Repair Technologies in Cementitious Systems" funded by the European Commission (H2020) invites applications for multiple full-time Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions, with a duration of 36 months (M), starting at 1/06/2020. More information on SMARTINCS can be found here.

Job description

ESR2: Advanced capsule manufacturing techniques, PhD in Engineering
Host: Micropore Technologies (UK) Secondments: PoliTo (Italy, 3.5M), University of Cambridge (UK, 3.5M), CSIC (Spain, 3.5M)

ESR3: Self-protected bacteria for healing and corrosion inhibition, PhD in Bio-Engineering
Host: Avecom (Belgium) Secondments: UGent (Belgium, 6M), University of Cardiff (UK, 3M), TU Delft (the Netherlands, 1M)

ESR6: Crystalline self-healing technology for non-shrinkage cementitious grouts in non-structural applications, PhD in Chemistry
Host: University of Cordoba (Spain) Secondments: Cambridge University (UK, 3.5M), PoliMi (Italy, 3M), Penetron (Italy, 4M)

ESR7: Self-healing repair mortars, PhD in Civil Engineering
Host: University of Cambridge (UK) Secondments: Cugla (the Netherlands, 3.5M), University of Cordoba (Spain, 3.5M), CSIC (Spain, 3.5M)

ESR9: Self-sensing for damage monitoring using carbon nanomaterials, PhD in Civil Engineering
Host: University of Cambridge (UK) Secondments: PoliTo (Italy, 3M), TU Delft (the Netherlands, 3M), CSIC (Spain, 3M), Concrefy (the Netherlands, 1M)

ESR10: Cyclic mechanical and thermal actions and impact, joint (PoliMi-UGent) PhD in Structural, Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering and Civil Engineering
Host: PoliMi (Italy) Secondments: UGent (Belgium, 6M), CSTC (Belgium, 1.5M), KIT (Germany,3M)

ESR13: Integration of self-healing functionalities in structural and service-life design, PhD in Construction Engineering
Host: RDC (Spain) Secondments: UPV (Spain,3 M), University of Cardiff (UK, 2M), CSIC (Spain, 2M)

ESR14: Life Cycle Assessment, PhD in Civil Engineering
Host: UGent (Belgium) Secondments: PoliMi (Italy, 3M), RDC (Spain, 3M)

Job requirements

Applicants should have a master’s degree (or equivalent) in Bio / Chemical / Civil / Structural / Construction Engineering, Engineering Technology or Chemistry (depending on ESR position you want to apply for), have a strong interest in concrete technology, durability and sustainability assessment. Above all, applicants should have a high interest in scientific research; an independent and well-organized working style, well-developed social skills directed towards working in an interdisciplinary team, excellent presentation and scientific writing skills, excellent English language skills.

Applicants must not have more than 4 years’ research experience and not yet hold a PhD. Researchers can be of any nationality and are required to undertake trans-national mobility. Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country where the host is based for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to their employment.


Applications must contain the following documents: a personal letter and curriculum vitae, a copy of degree certificates and associated certificates, a transcript of records of the bachelor and master curriculum, a copy of degree projects and any previous publications, a proof of English language skills and two recommendation letters.

The documents should be sent to [email protected] with in the title of the mail a clear reference to the ESR position(s) you apply for. Mails need to be addressed to Prof. Kim Van Tittelboom.

Application deadline: 30/01/2020

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