The ENSYSTRA consortium is now recruiting 15 outstanding PhD students (‘Early stage researchers (ESRs)’) for the interdisciplinary ENSYSTRA training network.

15 PhD positions in Energy Systems Transition with Marie Skłodowska-Curie training network ENSYSTRA

The ENSYSTRA training network

ENSYSTRA – the ENergy SYStems in TRAnsition Innovative Training Network is the unique interdisciplinary Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission, targeting solutions for integrated energy systems transition. The ENSYSTRA consortium consists of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. The European Commission formally granted the EU Horizon 2020 ENSYSTRA project with an exceptional score of over 96%.

ENSYSTRA will train 15 ESRs in all aspects of energy systems transition. PhD subjects range from energy systems modelling, scenario analysis, technology development, socio-technical cultures, participatory approaches, investment modelling, market design, and cross-border regulatory frameworks. All ESRs are part of the international ENSYSTRA training network and will benefit from targeted training in interdisciplinary energy systems transition through workshops, summer schools and subject specific courses.

Every ESR will work with one or more of the 23 ENSYSTRA partners from the energy sector. ESRs will be trained in the scientific, technical and business skills, and will become highly sought-after experts for front-runner businesses and other organisations that will shape the energy transition. ESRs will carry out research at a home university and intensively interact with other ESRs in ENSYSTRA through joint research and participation in workshops and summer schools.

Research projects

Applicants need to fully respect the following criteria:

  • Qualifications required for the specific position. These qualifications can be found in the description of the ESR project.
  • Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research
  • Marie Curie Innovative Training Networks are a mobility scheme. Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection 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 their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • English language: ESRs must demonstrate excellent English language proficiency both orally and in writing to derive the full benefit from the network training.

Benefits and salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country of recruitment. The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). Positions are for 36 months, or the required duration at the recruiting university. In addition to individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from research collaboration within the ENSYSTRA network, extensive joint training opportunities, and collaboration with partners from the energy sector. More details about benefits and working conditions can be found in the job postings of the ESR positions at each university.

How to apply

Applicants are requested to send a CV and motivation letter for one or more positions before January 7, 2018 23:59. Applications must be submitted through the online portal of the university.

Candidates are encouraged to apply for more multiple positions if interested. Each application is to be submitted separately through the online portal of the university. Multiple applications will not influence the selection chance in any particular project. Please mention on every application all ESR projects to which an application is submitted.

An application must contain a CV and motivation letter according to the application format of the university. Furthermore, proof of eligibility for the ENSYSTRA training network is required as an annex where relevant, including:

  1. proof that you have no more experience than 4 years as a researcher (copy with your MSc certificate with graduation date),
  2. proof that you did not spent more than 12 months in the last 3 years in the country where the ESR position will be hosted, and
  3. proof of English language proficiency.

Recruited PhD candidates are set to start their research in March/April 2018 at one of the universities in the consortium.


ENSYSTRA Summer School 2018 (Flensburg)

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Summer School in Flensburg

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Kick-off and first workshop ENSYSTRA

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Project launch in April

The ENSYSTRA partners recieved promising applications for all 15 ESR positions in the last two months. Currently, the Advisory Committees are considering eligible candidates in order to recruit excellent candidates.

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