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Plasma catalysis for CO2 recycling and green chemistry (PIONEER Project)

Project Description

PIONEER project hosts 15 PhD positions (“Early Stage Researchers”) funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) of the European Union H2020 programme.

The full description of each position is available at the Pioneer website:

Recycling waste CO2 is a major environmental, economic and societal priority. In fact, CO2 could become a raw material for a “green” organic chemistry or fuel production.
The use of plasma-catalysis to achieve efficient CO2 conversion is an innovative and ambitious approach, requiring multidisciplinary expertise.

The PIONEER network join together world experts of plasma physics, catalysis, chemical engineering and numerical modeling to provide the most complete environment to educate a new generation of plasma-catalysis experts, capable of conceiving and realizing innovative processes based on CO2 recycling. Please visit the website of the project:

PIONEER project objectives:
- To gain deeper knowledge on the fundamentals and mechanisms of CO2 plasmas interacting with surfaces and the physicochemical phenomena involved, including CO2 dissociation
- To develop advanced, active, selective and robust catalytic systems specially formulated for plasma-catalytic coupling to optimize CO2 valorization
- To explore innovative routes for plasma-catalyst interaction, study novel reactor designs involving various types of exposure of the catalytic materials to different kinds of plasmas of diverse energy density

Project partners :
France: Sorbonne Université
The Netherlands: Eindhoven University of Technology
United Kingdom: University of York
The Netherlands: Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research – NWO-I (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Portugal : Instituto Superior Tecnico
France : CNRS- LCS ; Normandie Université
Poland: AGH University of Science Technology
Spain: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC); University of Zaragoza
Romania: University of Bucharest
Italy: University of Trento
Belgium: University of Antwerp
United Kingdom: University of Liverpool
France: Ecole Polytechnique ; Université Paris-Saclay

The full description of each position is available at the Pioneer website:

The ESR will receive a Living Allowance and a Mobility allowance (i.e., gross salary) in accordance with H2020 MSCA ITN rules. ESRs who qualify regarding family, will receive a family allowance. Details about the approximate gross salary per country are given at each position. We emphasize that the salary of each ESR is very competitive. The salaries are adjusted to the living costs in the countries of each of the participant units, according to H2020 MSCA rules.
More information at :

Funding Notes

How to apply:
Applicants must first prepare all requested documents and complete the on-line application on the Pioneer website : View Website
The applicants must select two ESR positions in order of preference. If the applicant is selected for more than one position, the order of preference in the application will be taken into account.
The deadline to submit the required documentation on-line is June 3rd, 2019.


Eligibility criteria: please check carefully that you are eligible; all conditions below are compulsory
• Transnational mobility: The ESR is required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. Nationality is not a criterion.
The candidate must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organization (employer) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start date (recruitment in September 2019). Note: the mobility rule applies to the first institution where the ESR is recruited, and not to the second institution to which the ESR is sent.
• Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs)/fresh MSc graduates: All candidates to be recruited in PIONEER must have worked no more than 4 years as researcher and have not been awarded any doctoral degree at the date of the employment.

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