You may apply for a position ESR2 and/or ESR11 until 19 October 2020 23:59 (CET)/ before October 20 via the online application form. The online application form will be available until 19 October 2020 23:59 (CET)

Please read the Guide for Applicants to ensure that you fulfil all requirements before submitting your application. 

Important! Additional requirements apply for the admission at Cambridge University. We strongly recommend to check those.

Only applications that are complete and submitted before the application deadline via the website will be considered.


ITNs are financially supported by the European Commission because they provide excellent research, training and career aspects. The benefits of being a PhD student in an ITN network:

  • You will get the chance to participate in specially developed lectures and courses (e.g. on specific techniques, academic soft skills, etc.);
  • You can already at an early stage in your career start building your personal professional network due to the embedding of our PhD projects in a high profile consortium with renown universities and innovative companies (such as IBM Research Zurich);
  • You will be exposed to research in a non-academic environment. You will spend at least one month in the non-academic sector. This will enhance your capacity to understand the strategies, requirements and skills for doing research in a business environment. You may even opt to do your full PhD with IBM Research Zurich;
  • You will get the opportunity to spend some time in the labs of other partners in the consortium (thereby you will get familiar with other disciplines, techniques, cultures etc.);

You will be advised by excellent group leaders who are outstanding in their research and experienced in doctorate training.


To comply with the funding rules of the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme:

  • You qualify as an Early Stage Researcher, meaning that – on the starting date of your employment with the host institute – you are in the first four years of your research career and have not (yet) been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • You have not resided and/or have had your main activity (study, work, ) in the country of the host institute for more than 12 months during the 3 years prior to the starting date of your employment with the respective host institute.

In addition:

  • You have research experience in one or multiple fields relevant to the MANIC project, such as physics, materials science, artificial intelligence and/or engineering, or a combination thereof.
  • You are proficient in English language (academic level).
  • Additional requirements apply for the admission at Cambridge University. We strongly recommend to check the information per position on our website as well the local requirements of the respective graduate school.

Please also note that, while specific expertise can be a plus, methods can always be learned.