Many PhD positions, CriticalEarth - Europe

This is a blanket announcement for various PhD Fellowships as part of the new Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Network (ITN) called CriticalEarth that will be led by 12 European universities.

CriticalEarth is a four-year project that starts in March 2021. They will be posting 15 fully funded early-stage researcher (ESR) positions, i.e. PhD level positions, from the end of 2020 until they are filled, in the spring/summer of 2021.


The positions all have different application deadline dates.

You can see the status of each open position via this link, including the title, country location and brief overview of objectives and application deadline.

Relevant fields include climate dynamics, climate theory, applied mathematics, statistical mechanics, etc.


The three-year PhDs should be recruited before the end of September 2021 and successful applicants will form a network of 15 PhD Fellows (or "early stage researchers (ESR)", as referred to by the EU), trained to research new methods for assessing the mechanisms and associated risks of critical transitions in the climate.

The focus will be on investigating how complex mathematics can be used to predict and avoid irreversible climate change. The positions will offer candidates an excellent background, working within a strong, cross-disciplinary network among leading universities and research institutions across Europe and with contacts to industry, governmental- and non-governmental institutions.


Applicants should hold an MSc degree in a relevant field with great results and good English skills.

Because the aim of EU ITN projects is to attract candidates from worldwide locations, applicants must not have resided and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date - unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

If candidates are applying from a location that requires a visa or permit, then the university/institute responsible for the PhD will provide support and advice throughout the process of relocation.
The applicant must be an ESR i.e. at the time of recruitment they must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

Further information

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