Double-degree PhD Position available as part of the MSCA OPTAPHI Network in Europe

An Early Stage Researcher (Ph.D) Position for Project 1.5 is now available within the OPTAPHI Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network. The Fellowship is for a maximum of 36 months; the ESR will be recruited for the full 36 months by one partner institute (TU-WIEN), and will spend a minimum of 1 year at a second co-host partner (CIT). The ESR will be awarded double degrees, i.e. a degree from both the recruiting host and the co-host institute.


  • Be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow (Early Stage Researcher) with accompanying salary and benefits

  • Study in 2 European countries (Austria / Ireland)

  • Get a Ph.D. degree awarded from 2 institutions (Double Doctorate/Co-tutelle)
  • Undertake an exciting, multi-disciplinary research project combining spectroscopy with laser design and fabrication

  • Be part of a diverse team of 14 ESR Fellows working towards common goals, with network-wide training events


The research in OPTAPHI is grouped into 3 themes based on application area, but with cross-cutting techniques and skills:

  • Environmental Sensing
  • Agri-Food Analysis
  • Industrial Process Monitoring


OPTAPHI Scientific Objectives:

  • Demonstrate novel Quartz Enhanced Photo-Acoustic Spectroscopy (QEPAS) and Photo-Thermal Spectroscopy (PTS) configurations with improved sensitivity and compactness
  • Demonstrate improved detection of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) and propane exploiting long wavelength 10+ μm laser sources
  • Demonstrate highly sensitive Photo-Thermal Spectroscopy for liquid analysis for the first time
  • Improve the compactness, robustness and power consumption of QEPAS to allow use on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Demonstrate new methodologies to improve the sensitivity of PTS and QEPAS in the second overtone band, thereby allowing the use of low-cost telecoms components


Refer to the OPTAPHI website, www.optaphi.eu, for more details and descriptions of the overall network research.



The recruited candidate will be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Fellow, recruited on an employment contract which includes social security coverage, with a generous salary determined by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. This includes a mobility allowance and a family allowance if the ESR has family (a person linked by marriage or equivalent and/or dependent children) at the time of recruitment.

In addition, OPTAPHI ESRs will be awarded double degrees (co-tutelle), i.e. a degree from both the recruiting institute and the co-host institute. (In the case of Project 1.5, the recruiting institute is TU-WIEN and the co-host is CIT).


Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the Marie Skłodowska-Curie eligibility conditions. This includes:

Researchers may be of any nationality. However, they must undertake physical, trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment.

The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. (Short stays such as holidays, compulsory national service or time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account).

ESRs shall, at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years of their research careers and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when he/she obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.


Selection Process:

Applications should be made in the first instance through the OPTAPHI website, www.optaphi.eu. The OPTAPHI consortium will then make a shortlist of candidates based on applications received and arrange interviews with these.

Note that candidates may subsequently be required to also submit an application to the recruiting organisation’s own system, depending on local regulations. Candidates should only do so when specifically requested by the OPTAPHI consortium.

The OPTAPHI consortium reserves the right to re-advertise some or all ESR positions if suitable candidates are not found.

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