Do you have strong skills in algorithms, formal methods, and programming and would love to apply these on key questions and challenges in research, industry, and society involving large and complex networks? Or do you have a background in cheminformatics and would like to vastly expand the current toolset of chemical modelling by computational methods?
TACsy (Training Alliance for Computational Systems Chemistry) is a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Joint Doctoral Network combining computer science and systems chemistry that consists of 15 highly interlinked PhD projects. Each project has its own blend of subjects and skill requirements on the line between computer science and chemistry. The consortium behind TACsy consists of world-class scientists with competences spanning computer science, chemistry, biochemistry, and machine learning.
All Doctoral Candidates will work with two research groups, and will obtain a degree from both host institutions (cotutelle). In addition they will do research stays either at world-leading industry partners (e.g. BASF SE, Thermo Fisher, Fluigent) or at prestigious non-European academic partners (e.g. Harvard Medical School). The candidates will also be part of a strong joint PhD training programme for all Doctoral Candidates, with a focus on career development, application writing, communication skills, and community building through scientific summer schools.
All positions are fully funded, with very competitive salaries. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2023, but flexibility in both directions is possible.
All candidates are expected to
- Have potential for conducting outstanding research, as demonstrated by scientific accomplishments (in particular quality of thesis, but also e.g. code repositories, conference presentations, outreach activities, or publications).
- Be interested in working in a multidisciplinary and international research environment.
- Have excellent communication skills in English, verbally as well as in scientific writing.
- Be willing to undertake international research stays, internships, and travels.
To be considered eligible, applicants must:
- Not be in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of recruitment.
- Meet the Marie-Curie mobility rule (see pages 84-85 of the MSCA EU Programma Guide, here). This means an applicant is not eligible for a specific position if they have resided or performed a main activity (work, studies, etc.) in both countries where the host institutions are located, for more than 12 months each before anticipated recruitment*. To determine host institution countries, review position descriptions at the TACsy Application and Selection process page. Please note, this does not apply to DC15.
*Recruiting beneficiaries may be in Austria, Denmark, or Germany.
These expectations provide a framework for the role and should not be regarded as a definitive list. Other reasonable expectations and duties may be required consistent with the specific PhD project itself, or the PhD programme of the institution (e.g. already in possession of a master’s degree or 60 ECTS, etc.).
There are 15 PhD positions in TACsy. To apply for the positions, applicants must follow all instructions and submit through the SDU website. Please note the exception, for position #2, #4, #5, #7, #8, #9, #10, 11#, #14 and #15, which are closed.
We are searching for a diverse group of candidates with very different backgrounds and qualities, who inspire and motivate each other. We want every talent to feel at home in our organisations and to have the same career opportunities. The position of working hours is flexible in order to accommodate individual needs and allow for the best possible work-life balance for each candidate.
The salary consists of a monthly living allowance (EUR 3400*), mobility allowance (EUR 600), and, if applicable, family allowance (EUR 600). Long-term leave allowance (EUR 4000) and special needs allowance are offered if applicable.
Information about salary for DCs can be read on the MSCA Horizon Europe programme call, beginning on page 78. Please note the *country correction coefficient (page 109) applies to the living allowance in order to ensure equal treatment and purchasing power parity for all researchers. Salary rules apply to the Doctoral Candidates hosted in the European Union, and will change depending on the host institution. DC15 (based in the UK) will follow separate salary rules that will be explained directly via the University of Sheffield job portal.
The guaranteed Doctoral Candidate PhD funding from the European Commission is for 36 months. Additional funding may be possible, depending on the local supervisor and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin.