22 PhD positions available in Advanced Materials & Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

We are seeking 22 Ph.D. candidates, called early-stage researchers (ESRs) to work under the project titled A2M2TECH (Doctoral Programme in Advanced Materials & Advanced Manufacturing Technologies). The aim of A2M2TECH is to deliver an interdisciplinary, inter-sectorial and international excellence doctoral training programme in all aspects of advanced manufacturing and advanced materials, with a major focus on additive manufacturing and related technologies. The programme brings together various strong laboratories and research centers in order to run a collaborative Ph.D. programme in the fields of Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.

The programme is led by Gazi University (GU) in Turkey and coordinated through the Additive Manufacturing Technologies Application and Research Center (EKTAM), a National Center of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing. In addition to GU, there are 3 other reputable Turkish universities as Partner Organizations namely; Middle East Technical University (METU), Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH).

All universities as part of the programme have cutting-edge technologies and have modern working environment with a view to enhancing the performance of the ESRs. Recruited ESR fellows under A2M2TECH will be primarily supervised and assessed by the Ph.D. supervisors at their host institutions, who will be responsible for the assessment of their duties with respect to the planned activities.

Recruited 22 ESRs will be provided with the opportunity to carry out research activities under secondments in several national & international host institutions with a particular focus on the inter-sectoral University-Industry collaboration. All candidates will have secondment experience in international institutions as follows: FIT Additive Manufacturing Group (GERMANY), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) (SPAIN), University of Southern Denmark (SDU) (DENMARK), Tusaş Aerospace Industries (TAI) (TURKEY), Ermaksan Innovative Technologies (ERMAKSAN) (TURKEY) and TeknoHAB (TURKEY). ESRs will be participating to summer school training activities each year at different organizations in different countries as part of secondments.

Research Topics

Eligibility criteria and application requirements:

Potential ESRs may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Turkey for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the date of recruitment. In other words, if the potential ESRs who have been in Turkey 12 months and more over the past 3 years before applying to the programme, will be considered as ineligible. This will be checked during the application stage based on the applicants’ passports (if you have used more than one passports over the past three years you are required to share the relevant pages). Also at the date of recruitment, researchers must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers. That is to say, applicants will be in the first four years after their completion of the Master’s degree, might have started a Ph.D. programme but not yet have been awarded a Ph.D. (the gap between the date of obtaining the Master degree and the date to apply to the programme can be maximum 4 years). Also, time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. 

Applicants can apply to more than one research topic (up to three research topics offered by hosting universities) and will be assigned to one of those based on her/his priority and scoring/ranking.

Each applicant must submit an application containing the following information and documents for:

General Eligibility Requirements

Documents need to be submitted:

  1. Digital copy with under graduate and master degree certificates and the respective official transcription in English for both; Bachelor and MSc Degree must be in the following departments: Mechanical Engineering, Materials and/or Metallurgy Engineering, Aerospace and/or Aviation Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Astronautical Engineering. Please note that, ESR5 offered by Gazi University can only accept students who did their undergraduate and/or MSc in Physics or Photonics. 
  2. If applicable, the candidate should send by mail an official document – issued by the HEI that awarded the Master diploma - stating the candidate relative position in the corresponding graduation course, i.e. top 5%, 10% or 20% of his/her Bologna second cycle (Master) studies. 
  3. Detailed CV and a motivation letter (in English); CV may include background, awards, scholarships, meetings, publications etc. Please read the Guide for Evaluator for the information to be included. The letter of intention should be included in the CV. They must specify the applied subject and Universities/Institutes.
  4. Two letters of recommendation; Two references must be submitted. It will be recommended to take references from faculty members (including your thesis advisor) and managers who know the applicant’s academic skills and experiences. 
  5. Description of the intended doctoral research and eventual preference for research theme/topics (3 choices from the list).
  6. For admission, candidates must submit a copy of Master degree (120 ECTS) in the relevant fields awarded by a College, University or Technical School with recognized standing. 
  7. Additional information supporting the applicant’s ability: academic record, professional experience in a multidisciplinary environment and qualification (previous experience of practical laboratory, publications). 
  8. Language proficiency requirements by each hosting institution are given below under specific eligibility criteria.


Deadline: 30 November 2021