PhD Research Fellowships Program 2018, UK


March 28, 2018

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PhD Research Fellowships Program 2018, UK

Campus:  Hull
Faculty/Area:  Faculty of Science and Engineering
Department:  Geography - School of Environmental Sciences
Salary:  £27,285 to £32,548 (Will comply with EU requirements for the post)
  Fixed Term
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Wednesday 28 March 2018

This post is for 3 PhD Research Fellowships fixed term for 36 months in Sustainability of the Circular Economy. Available at Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Hull (UK)


Establishing a circular economy (CE) (such that the maximum value is extracted from materials and waste generation minimised) is a major policy area within the European Union and elsewhere. Explicitly seen as increasing economic competitiveness and laying a foundation for environmental employment, CE policies are designed to increase resource efficiency and decrease carbon dependency. Notably, the many different fields of activity comprising the CE (e.g., re-use, recovery, recycling, eco-design amongst others) operate with varying degrees of effectiveness in different places and for different materials. These fields of activity have not been critically analysed as an interrelated social, technical, environmental and, significantly, spatial phenomenon. This project (Circular Economy: Sustainability implications and guiding progress: 'CRESTING') will advance the critical analysis CE by the training of 15 early stage researchers (ESRs, i.e., PhD students). They will be analysing circular economy -related activity and initiatives in a range of geographic and economic settings. CRESTING is divided between 5 work packages (WP) analysing: current discourse and policy contexts (WP1); corporate engagement with the CE (WP2); public sector engagement in the CE (WP3); the potential for local economic development and employment from the CE (WP4); and measuring life cycle impacts and developing sustainability indicators relevant to the CE (WP5). With multidisciplinary and international supervisory teams including non-academic partners within each WP, CRESTING will

1) analyse the sustainability implications of the CE;

2) analyse the spatial dimension of the CE 

3) translate these analyses into specific actions for managing the transformation to the CE.

Aims of projects:

The three ESRs based in Hull are all contributing to CRESTING WP 4. ESR 4.1 examines the extent to which the economic and social benefits postulated for a CE can be captured in a specific location; it will consider the conceptualisation of the CE as an economic development initiative, and consider such initiatives in the broader context of place promotion. ESR 4.2 analyses the impact of a developing CE on employment opportunities, undertaking a qualitative comparative study of Hull, UK, and Lisbon, Portugal. It examines the types of jobs available, their suitability to the local population and the experience of working in those jobs. ESR 4.3 examines the role of non-profit organisations and the informal sector in the CE, working closely with an environmental charity engaged in numerous community projects. One of the objectives of this project will be to develop and apply a more robust typology to describe the relationship between the formal/mainstream and informal/alternative economies in the performance of the CE.


The successful candidates must hold a minimum of a BA/BSc degree, and ideally a Masters (all positions other than Hull's require a Masters degree). A wide range of degree subjects is accepted for this multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary network.  Training in the environment/sustainability is welcomed, ideally including evidence of training in related aspects such as policy, governance, business, management, economics, human geography, public administration. Candidates must comply with both EU and Hull University eligibility criteria. Due to the EU rules to promote mobility, you are not eligible for a position in a country where you have lived (worked, studied) for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. You are thus eligible for this position no matter what your nationality, unless you have studied or worked in the UK for more than 12 of the last 36 months. For applicants finishing or who have just finished their degree, this typically means that you can be graduating from any university except a UK university. 

Applicants need to fully comply with the three eligibility criteria:

  • Early Stage Researcher (ESR): ESR are those who, at the time of recruitment, are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This time is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Apart from the Hull, all the universities in CRESTING require masters degrees for participation in a PhD.
  • Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of appointment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
  • English language: Network fellows (ESRs) must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Non-native English speakers are required to provide evidence of English language competency before the appointment is made. An IELTS score of 6.5,or equivalent, is the minimum requirement.

Benefits and salary

The MSCA-ITN programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers. Exact salary will be confirmed upon offer and will be based on a Living Allowance of €3110/month to be paid in currency of country where based and with a correction factor to be applied per country + mobility allowance of €600/month. Additionally researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation. Taxation and Social Contribution deductions based on National and Institutional regulations will apply and will be deducted from the gross payment highlighted above. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, by registering for a PhD degree, active participation in workshops and conferences, and secondments to partner institutions.

How to apply

Your application should comprise your CV and a covering letter.  The letter needs to explain:

  • How you meet the essential criteria (and desirable, if relevant) in the Person Specification:
  • Why you are interested in this opportunity.

Please also include with your application:

  • A copy of the certificate for your highest degree;
  • A copy of your passport (photo page); and
  • The names and contact details of three referees (at least two of these should be from someone with direct knowledge of your academic abilities; the third could be from an employer).

If you are applying for more than one of the 15 posts, please rank them in order of preference in your covering letter. 

Applications should be made by email to 

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Publish Date
March 07, 2018
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