PhD Positions

Research Fields

Thermochemical conversion of biomass (pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonisation), Functionalisation and porosity development of produced chars, Application of resulting tailor-made carbon materials in heterogeneous catalysis and adsorption (e.g., CO2 capture in post-combustion), Application of produced chars as soil enhancers and CO2 sequestration agents.


Career Stage

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) or 0-4 yrs (Post Graduate)


Benefits and salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers (see Work Programme  2016-17 at: The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States). The salary includes a living allowance, a mobility allowance and a family allowance (if married). The guaranteed PhD funding is for 36 months. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences. A personalised Career Development Plan will be defined and monitored to guide ESRs through the career decision-making process.


Are you eligible?

Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria:

  1. Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This 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.
  2. Conditions of international mobility of researchers. At the time of selection 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.
  3. 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.

Available PhD Projects (Positions)

We have 14 open positions (ESRs), in 10 different organizations across Europe.

    How to apply?

    GreenCarbon’s recruitment and employment strategy is based on an equal opportunities policy and in full compliance with the principle of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. We value diversity, and do not discriminate based on gender, religion, marital status, age, or cultural background.

    By following the link below, you can submit an online application. After the deadline, applicants for each ESR position are evaluated by a Selection Committee (SC) consisting of at least three members, one of which will be the supervisor. At least one male and one female evaluator must be in each SC. A remote interview over Skype followed by an optional second face to face interview (at the host institution) would be required for the 2-3 final candidates.

    Candidates will provide all requested information including a detailed CV and academic track record. During the registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible. The deadline for the on-line registration is 20/01/2017.

    Candidates must apply for 1 open position. However, candidates not selected for his/her chosen position can be considered for other available open positions (POOL OF  CANDIDATES).

    The filled Job Application Form must be sent as an electronic email attachment to: In addition to the Job Application Form, candidates should attach in the same email (in 1 zip file) the following documents:

    • Two-page application letter containing research interests, skills, career plans and the reasons for applying.
    • Academic transcript with grade point average
    • Certificate proving date of award of degree which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate (if pending, a letter from the institution stating when it is expected to be awarded)
    • Full CV including list of publications where applicable, information about timings of previous academic study and employment, and information about nationality/citizenship – please provide sufficient detail regarding where you have resided and/or engaged in work or study between 1st January 2014 and the date of submission.
    • At least two letters of reference, or addresses of referees who have agreed to provide a reference (if referees prefer to send the references directly to the GreenCarbon consortium, please ask them to be emailed to before the application deadline).
    • For applicants from non-English speaking countries, please attach copies of recent English language certificates where available.