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1 PhD position in ETN SAS project

Applications are invited for 1 PhD position (Early Stage Researcher) to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “SAS – Safer Autonomous Systems” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. SAS is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Ireland.

Number of positions available

1 PhD positions

Research Fields

Software Engineering – Electronic Engineering – Safety Engineering – Computer Science – System Engineering – Machine Learning – Artificial Intelligence – Robotics – ICT Law


Functional Safety – Safety Assurance – Dependability – Trustworthy Systems – Autonomous Systems – Self-Driving Vehicles – Autonomous Vessels – Clinical Robots – Pilotless Planes – Autonomous Agricultural Robots – Model-Based Analysis – High-Integrity Systems – Liability

Career Stage

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) or 0-4 yrs (Post Graduate)

Benefits and Salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early Stage Researchers. The exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on local tax regulations and on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months (i.e. EC funding, additional funding is possible, depending on the local Supervisor, and in accordance with the regular PhD time in the country of origin). In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Online Recruitment Procedure

All applications proceed through the online recruitment portal for the considered position, as indicated below.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria (to be demonstrated in the Europass CV):

  • Early Stage Researcher (ESR): those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
  • Conditions of International Mobility of Researchers: 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 Proficiency: ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training.

The available PhD positions

ESR 14: Dependability Assurance for Vehicle Autonomy

Objectives: In this post, the ESR will develop a unified and holistic approach to developing a range of assurance cases that could address a range of aspects of dependability for highly automated and fully autonomous vehicles.

Host: Horiba Mira (UK)
Main Supervisor: Dr. Alastair Ruddle (
Duration: 36 months
Required Profile: Electronic / Systems Engineer

Online registration:
Deadline online registration: November 3, 2019