PhD Grants - 2021

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E2S: Energy and Environment Solutions

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In the framework of its many calls for projects, E2S UPPA requested the help of scientific peers internationally recognised for their expertise in their own discipline. Our pool of experts is constantly renewed and increased so as to guarantee impartiality and confidentiality, to both candidates and experts.

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PhD Grants - 2021

Context

The Energy and Environment Solutions initiative (E2S) is a substantial, multi-year growth plan (https://e2s-uppa.fr/). Problem-oriented, inter-disciplinary and transverse research in Energy and Environment is pursed while putting the emphasis on either industry relevance or high visibility in leading academic journals. Interests span over all areas of Energy and Environment, including but not limited to geo-resources, energy storage, materials for renewable energy, composites for structural lightening, analytical and microbial environmental analysis for diagnostic and remediation, as well as evaluation of organisms adaptation to environmental stresses in evolving ecosystems, and social and regulatory issues about energy and environment.

 

Aim

The E2S consortium (http://e2s-uppa.eu) gathering UPPA-INRAE-Inria-CNRS* establishes a list of eligible candidates for the different PhD grants it offers each year. It invites students interested in doing a PhD on the themes cited above to declare their interest. The selected candidates will have privileged access to PhD projects in preparation at E2S UPPA for academic year 2021-2022. The researchers of the consortium who are seeking for PhD candidates will be invited to contact the candidates of this list, as they have been selected on the basis of their academic excellence.

We seek outstanding candidates with a clear passion for research and who are excited by the opportunity to provide future solutions for energy and environment. Applications are suited from highly motivated candidates, connected to the research priorities of the laboratories of the E2S consortium:

  • The Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physical Chemistry for the Environment and Materials  (IPREM) has developed over the last 10 years sound experience in analytical and physicochemical activities in environmental and materials science.
  • The Pluridisciplinary Institute for Applied Research (IPRA) favors collaborative research (mathematics, physics and chemistry, geosciences and numerical modelling) strongly focused on geo-resources, sustainable construction and aeronautics.
  • The research federation Aquatic Environments and Resources (MIRA) drives the activities of biologists, chemists, computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists on natural and controlled aquatic environments and their biological resources.
  • Through major interdisciplinary efforts with social sciences, the TREE research unit conduct public law development, economical and societal research related to the energy and to the environmental transitions.

The indicative list of innovative topics to be tackled by applicants is appended on the last page of this call.

 

Procedure

Applications are opened to highly qualified (in the top 30% of their Master program) and/or for highly motivated candidates from any field of Energy and Environment or from a closely related discipline.

Selected candidates will receive a privileged access to PhD projects in preparation at E2S UPPA for academic year 2021-2022. They will be granted access to this list, updated on a regular basis. In parallel, the application file of the selected candidates will be made available to potential supervisors who are preparing, or have prepared already, research projects which require a PhD student. Selected candidates may contact/or be contacted by potential supervisors. The final selection for a fellowship within a specific project is conducted by the supervisor offering the grant.

Each year about 60 candidates are hired within the consortium on topics related to energy and environment. Doctoral grants are offered over a 3 years period [monthly gross salary before taxes = 1870 €, which includes extra gratification for teaching duties - 32 hours per year]. The present call concerns fellowships starting during the 2021-2022 academic year, in particular in September-October.

Eligibility:

  • Citizens of all nationalities are eligible to apply.
  • Entrance requirements: candidates must hold, by the time they start their PhD,  a Master’s degree (or equivalent degree) with outstanding records.
  • English language requirements: applicants whose first language is not French or English are required to provide proofs of proficiency of the required language skills (English at least). 
  • Required competencies: applicants are expected to show outstanding commitment connected to the research priorities of the laboratories hosted by the consortium.

Selection:

Candidates will be selected on the basis of the quality of their curriculum in relation with the disciplinary fields of E2S UPPA.

Criteria of selection of the candidate:

  • The candidate’s motivation, scientific maturity and curiosity
  • Candidate's marks and rankings at the Master’s level of their academic cursus
  • Communication skills in written and spoken English

 

Application & Tentative schedule

Candidates must send their application, written in English and including the documents listed below before April 30th (12 am (noon), Paris time), to  the submission website:

https://aap-e2s.univ-pau.fr/siaap/pub/appel/view/161 

Applications will be reviewed every two weeks by the selection committee and the first list of selected candidates is expected for February 12, 2021. The list will be updated every two weeks until the end of the call.

  CAUTION! Applications submitted via the website will be reviewed only!


Required application documents

  • Cover letter - 1-3 pages where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications and achievements, and emphasis on future goals and research focus.
  • Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in?  (see list at the end of this call) To be indicated in the motivation letter.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of certificates of any academic degrees and transcript of records including student ranking during their master studies; for candidates with a Master’s degree in progress during the 2020-2021 academic year, please join transcript and ranking corresponding to the first semester of the M2.
  • Copies of certificates of French and/or English language proficiency (for non French or English speaking applicants)
  • The name of 2 persons to whom a letter of reference may be asked.

 

CONTACT : For general questions about the application assistance, please contact: anna.chrostowska @ univ-pau.fr, helene.barucq @ inria.fr or xavier.arnauld @ cnrs.fr

Beware: This is a non-binding document. Some details may be subject to modifications, based on decisions voted by E2S UPPA executive committee and/or the university’s board of directors.

Innovative concepts and topics to be considered (indicative list)

  • Geo-resources exploration characterization and production, innovative industrial process for subsurface investigation and management;
  • Sustainable energies and processes development, energy storage and management for the energy transition;
  • Innovative industrial processes and methods for management of energy production, transport and use, as well as risk management;
  • Smart and green constructions and cities, novel societal organization and approaches to reduce current negative environmental impacts;
  • Aquatic environment: biology and dynamic of populations of living organisms, ecological and physical response to environmental disturbances including climate changes;
  • Data and big data management and use, smart web and green computing applied to energy transition, risk evaluation and management, industrial processes improvement;
  • Mathematical modeling and advanced simulation of problems related to energy and environment issues;
  • Impact and pollution reduction, waste and pollutant management, environmental impact analysis and remediation, biological response to environmental and chemical stresses;
  • Energy transition and societal acceptance, energy laws and regulations, societal impact and associated societal development, new technologies for societal energy imprint reduction;
  • Economic transitions and economic policy issues due to the energy problems and environmental changes.

E2S will tackle this based on the quality of the available task force, among them:

  • Numerical, computational and data/software management and development skills;
  • Analysis and modeling of natural population of aquatic organisms, population biology, metabolism understanding and nutritional strategies in aquaculture;
  • Statistical analysis and probabilistic methods applied to data management and analysis, stochastic and deterministic partial equation analysis, differential geometry and numerical simulation optimization;
  • Quantification of natural geological processes and surface and subsurface geological characterization, monitoring and inspection, laboratory analysis of natural geologic objects;
  • Physical and chemical characterization and modeling of natural and artificial materials and material damage, complex fluids mix, high power systems, coupled porous and fluid environments;
  • Chemical synthesis and characterization of novel materials, polymers and composite thereof; analysis of chemical and biological processes related to pollution;
  • Physical and chemical analytical platforms for quantitative chemical, elementary and isotopic characterization of natural, artificial and biological medias;
  • Energy law / environmental law, especially in the perspective of comparative law, international law and European law;
  • Analysis of trade and economic transitions, international economy, development, regulations and public policies;
  • Spatial reconfigurations and global changes related to energy and environmental transitions.

 

About UPPA

UPPA is a leading research and teaching university, among the top 20 universities in France, located in the beautiful, culturally rich and highly diverse area of the Atlantic Pyrenees. E2S is the result of established collaborations with the main national research centers, i.e. the French National Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research (INRAe), the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics (Inria), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), the French Geological Survey (BRGM). These hosts several laboratories committed in research within the core areas of Energy and Environment.

Private research is a key asset of southern Aquitaine with Industrial R&D centers settled on its territory, which forms one of the major centers of R&D in France. In this way, E2S offers a research environment that benefits from a successful relation with private and public sector organizations that have leading positions, more particularly in the Energy and Environment areas. To address societal and/or technical challenges and contribute to industrial leadership, private research is thus a significant strength of the south of the region Nouvelle Aquitaine. Sound collaborations between UPPA and major companies are established on the territory with for instance Total, Teréga, Arkema, SAFRAN Helicopter Engines, Toray and Euralis just to cite a few.

UPPA is committed to building a diverse educational environment in agreement with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.