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PhD position “Enforcing sustainability and social requirements in contract performance”

   Department of Law

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  Prof Roberto Caranta, Prof Olga Martin-Ortega  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The University of Turin (Italy), Department of Law, is seeking a highly motivated and mobile candidate with a strong academic record holding at least a two years Master’s Degree in Law, fluency in English and some subject knowledge of public procurement law, policy and sustainability.

The ESR will work within the Law department at the University of Turin on the PhD research project “Enforcing sustainability and social requirements in contract performance”.

The ESR will work under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Caranta and will be offered an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral training and will include a structured mobility to up 10 months in the Universities and Partner Organisations of the Consortium for the entire project duration that will include:

University of Greenwich (UK) - 3 months of resident work with co-supervisor Prof. Olga Martin Ortega;

ONAC (Romania) – 2 months hands on training in a national CPB working on contract performance monitoring specifically from the SPP perspective);

Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DiFi, Norway) – 2 months hands on research on contract performance monitoring tools and virtuous practices.

The offered position is available with a fixed starting date in September 2021 for a maximum duration of 36 months with a full-time commitment to work exclusively under the action.

The ESR will be part of a community of ESRs based in 10 SAPIENS partner universities and will benefit from an international and interdisciplinary training programme featuring local, ITN-wide, and external activities with an exposure to intersectoral and international working environments. Training will take place through Advanced Training Courses, a Summer School, and a topical conference organised by ITN partners across Europe (Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Romania, Hungary, UK).

Candidates will get a very attractive salary plus an allowances package in accordance with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant.

The gross salary will be approximately 3.413,88 €/month, plus a mobility allowance of 600 €/ month and, if due, a family allowance of 500 €/ month.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, the candidate:

must hold a two years Master’s Degree or equivalent qualifications (candidates with pending Master’s degrees will be considered, but the award will be conditioned on them being awarded the title by end of July). Candidates should ideally possess a Master’s degree in Law or a different Law degree provided that that allows them to enlist in a PhD (applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree cannot be considered);

must be in the first four years of her/his research career;

must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date;

must be willing to live in Italy during the 3 years appointment and travel to the other Universities and Partner Organisations of the network for training activities and secondments (according to the details provided in each job post);

must not hold a PhD;

must have solid written and oral communication skills in English.

The ideal candidate should have

•              Master’s degree in Law

•              Basic understanding of public procurement law and policy

•              Basic understanding of sustainability

•              High level analytical ability

•              Ability to communicate complex information clearly

•              Ability to work as part of a team and work independently using own initiative

•              Fluency in English

Moreover, the following will be appreciated:

•              Thorough understanding and direct relevant experience of research methods

•              Advanced understanding of public procurement law and policy

•              Advanced understanding of sustainability issues

•              Mastery of additional languages


Candidates should submit by 7th May 2021 the following documents:

-      a cover letter;

-      a full CV (with the relevant details for checking the eligibility criteria AND highlighting the required and desirable competencies);

-      a copy of Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree diploma with the transcript of records and final marks (with the diploma supplement or declaration of value)

-      a copy of passport;

-      draft research project on “Enforcing sustainability and social requirements in contract performance”. The research project must be written in English (max 3000 words, footnotes included, bibliography excluded). The research project must include: a) Title of Research Project. b) Abstract of the project. c) State of the art providing a brief account of the existing literature, specifically focusing on the yet unanswered questions the research project will answer. d) Methodology and research design (the latter will have to take into account the secondments already foreseen by the program). e) timeline for each phase of the project. f) Expected results. g) Innovative elements and critical points. h) Bibliography (should contain between 10 and 20 references);

-      publications.

Only documents in English can be accepted (publications may however be in different languages).

Applicants should submit the above documentation at the following link:

The deadline for application is 7th May 2021.

Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

UNITO is an equal opportunities employer, committed to promoting equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity. UNITO unit welcomes applications from currently underrepresented groups and will ensure that equal opportunities are guaranteed to each applicant during the selection procedure.  

Funding Notes

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN - Grant Agreement No 956696


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