Marie-Skłodowska Curie ITN: Early Stage Researcher

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

CONFLEX: Control of flexible structures and fluid-structure interactions – Grant No 765579

The role

A Graduate Research Assistant Early Stage Researcher post is available from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021 on a full time basis at the Exeter Campus funded as part of an EU H2020 Marie-Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network. You will work under the supervision of Profs Christopher Edwards and Michael Belmont as part of the ConFlex ITN. The ConFlex consortium aims to train the next generation of researchers on the control of flexible structures and fluid-structure interactions, using and also contributing to the latest advances in control theory and energy-based modelling. Key strengths of this consortium include a research environment that brings together mathematicians and engineers to provide the early stage researchers (ESRs) with a unique training environment and a network of associated industrial partners that will allow all ESRs to participate in industrial secondments. The 3 year post includes a PhD programme within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

About you

You will be expected, during the course of the programme of research, to work towards production of research papers of international quality. You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes and communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically.

You will possess an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent in a relevant field and possess excellent communication skills. You must be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK under the EC Horizon 2020 Marie-Skłodowska Curie Action, Innovative Training Networks (ITN) Scheme. This is currently defined as at the time of recruitment, you should;

  • Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

For further information contact Prof Christopher Edwards, e-mail  or telephone (01392) 726632. 

The starting salary will be a spot salary in the range from GBP 26,495 up to GBP 29,799 on Grade E, depending on qualifications and experience. A mobility allowance of GBP 5,189 will also be paid. Additional allowances may be payable in line with Marie Curie EU H2020 requirements for ESRs. Salary and allowances will be paid in pounds sterling. You will be enrolled on a PhD and will use the research undertaken as part of your studies. The University pay scale will be subject to a cost of living review each year, but you will not receive annual increments.

The closing date for completed applications is Monday 5 March 2018. Interviews are expected to take place on 14 March 2018.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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