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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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The Department of Physics at the University of York (UK) seeks an 'Early Stage Researcher' in the frame of the PIONEER project funded by the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) of the European Union H2020 programme.

PIONEER - Plasma catalysis for CO2 recycling and green chemistry- is a European Joint Doctorate programme aimed to train a new generation of research leaders for a successful implementation of plasma-catalytic CO2 valorization technologies in Europe. PIONEER is a consortium of 15 Universities and Institutes together with 6 industrial partners, based in Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom. 

Each of the 15 ESRs will be working towards a double PhD degree awarded by two of the 12 European Universities involved. Each academic institution will host the ESR for 18 months and receive an ESR from abroad for 18 months as well. In addition, short secondments of 1 or 2 months will be completed either at an industrial or academic partner.

The focus of this particular project will be on 'CO2 dissociation for value-added products at atmospheric pressure using tailored radio-frequency and nanosecond pulsed power input'. The host university for this project will be the University of York (UK) in collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology (The Netherlands). Professor Timo Gans will be the primary supervisor at York and Dr Ana Sobota co-supervisor in Eindhoven.

More details about the project can be found using the following link:


In this role, you will conduct research; assist with the day-to-day operation of the project(s); and undertake a programme of learning and development, in the form of a PhD. You will work closely with the project supervisor to prepare work for dissemination, including presenting research findings internally and externally at seminars, workshops and conferences and assisting in writing articles, papers, reports, etc. for publication. You will also undertake appropriate administrative activities as delegated by the project supervisor, including: providing support to colleagues and students.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

Candidates should have: an M-Level undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry, Engineering or equivalent experience, no previous PhD-level qualification, no more than 4-years of research experience, English language skills at level C1 or equivalent, and the ability to undertake academic research.

Interested candidates should check additional information and specific eligibility requirements on the PIONEER project website:

Candidates are also asked to apply through both application portals in parallel: (University of York) and (PIONEER)

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 36 months.

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