Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN: The RADSAGA Innovative Training Network
The EU-funded Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme has two main strategic objectives: to strengthen the scientific and technological base of European industry and to encourage its international competitiveness, while promoting research that supports EU policies.
RADSAGA is a 4-year project providing a training network for the career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) on emerging radiation effects in state-of-the-art electronic components and systems. The RADSAGA consortium comprises 6 research institutes and facilities, 5 industrial partners and 9 universities.
RADSAGA started on 1 March 2017.
With the increasing complexity of electronics and electronic systems, studies on the effect of radiation are gaining ground in sectors including aviation, the automotive industry and medicine. There is a strong demand for dedicated design and qualification guidelines, as well as for skilled professionals specializing in radiation effects.
RADSAGA will bring together industry, universities, laboratories and test-facilities in order to deepen our knowledge of radiation effects and to train young scientists and engineers in all aspects related to electronics exposed to radiation.
RADSAGA has four main research and development areas:
Experimental facility dosimetry aspects, focusing on emerging experimental techniques and radiation effects;
Development and qualification of state-of-the-art components and radiation hardening aspects;
Radiation qualification solutions at a system level;
Guidelines for facility dosimetry, emerging effects at component level, and system qualification.
How can you take part?
Are you an electronic engineer with a background in radiation effects?
Are you a physicist with a knowledge of electronics, radiation effects or semiconductor devices?
Would you like to do your PhD in a stimulating international training network? Courses on radiation effects will be given by world-leading experts and specialized research groups in universities across Europe.
Apply now! You will have a 3-year employment contract in order to obtain your PhD degree with one of the European universities in the RADSAGA consortium.
In addition to the scientific research and training, secondments around the consortium and complementary training (such as communication and management courses) will contribute towards enhancing your career prospects in the academic and non-academic sectors.
The following ESRs are currently open:
- ESR3: "Radiation environment description at an energy deposition level", University of Groningen (the Netherlands)
- ESR6: "Integrated time-based signal processing circuits for harsh radiation environments", KU Leuven (Belgium)
- ESR11: "Radiation tolerant CMOS imager" KU Leuven (Belgium)
- ESR15: "Relevance, guidelines & tools for rad-hard design and radiation testing of components and systems in complex environments" CERN (Switzerland)
For detailed information on the positions offered, please see the RADSAGA Website
ESRs must, at the time of recruitment
- (i) be in possession of a university degree, and (ii) have a maximum of four years of full-time research experience, including any period of research training, after obtaining the degree which formally allowed them to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the degree/diploma was obtained or in the host country (irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged).
- ESRs cannot be PhD holders at the start of their employment contract.
- The European Commission's mobility rules state: At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account. Applicants for CERN positions cannot have been at CERN for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
- Proficiency in English is required; training in other languages can be provided through the ITN's training budget.
Applications should include:
- a completed electronic application form;
- a Curriculum Vitae;
- a copy of the last (highest) qualification;
- a short letter of motivation;
- two letters of recommendation to give as broad as possible overview of your academic and/or professional achievements.
In the comments field of the application form, please select between one and three research projects in order of preference (see individual description in RADSAGA website) for which you would like to be considered.
The application and ALL supporting documents have to be submitted using CERN's e-recruitment system by the application deadline.
- Attractive remuneration under employment contract for 36 months.
- In accordance with the European Commission's allowances for ITNs, there is an additional training allowance to cover training activities, conference attendance, etc.
- Employment contracts are expected to start in the second half of 2017.
Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date and may include a video interview. In the event of an interview at the premises of the partner, RADSAGA will cover travel costs.