Several Fully Funded PhD Positions in Data Engineering for Data Science (DEDS)

  • PHD
  • ~ EUR 3270/month + EUR 600/month
  • 9 May 2021

The newly funded H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions European Joint Doctorate DEDS is recruiting several PhD students (Early-Stage Researchers).

Application deadline: Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. However, priority will be given to applications submitted by Sunday, May 9th, 2021. We encourage excellent candidates to apply early to maximize chances that their first ESR choices will still be available.

Starting date: Fall 2021

Data is a key asset in modern society. Data Science, which focuses on deriving valuable insight and knowledge from raw data, is indispensable for any economic, governmental, and scientific activity. Data Engineering provides the data ecosystem (i.e., data management pipelines, tools, and services) that makes Data Science possible. The European Joint Doctorate in "Data Engineering for Data Science" (DEDS) is designed to develop education, research, and innovation at the intersection of Data Science and Data Engineering. Its core objective is to provide holistic support for the end-to-end management of the full lifecycle of data, from capture to exploitation by data scientists.

DEDS is a 3-year doctoral program based on a co-tutelle model. A complementary set of 15 joint doctoral projects focus on the main aspects of holistic management of the full data lifecycle. Each doctoral project is co-supervised by two institutions and includes a secondment in a partner organization, which grounds the research in practice and validate the proposed solutions. DEDS delivers innovative training comprising technical and transversal courses, four jointly organized summer and winter schools, as well as dissemination activities including open science events and a final conference. Upon graduation, a joint degree from the universities of the co-tutelle will be awarded.

DEDS operates under the Horizon 2020 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks European Joint Doctorate (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020) framework. It is jointly organized by:

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Universidad Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
  • Aalborg Universitet (Denmark)
  • Athena Research and Innovation Centre (Greece)

Partner organizations from research, industry, and the public sector prominently contribute to the program by training students and providing secondments in a wide range of domains including Energy, Finance, Health, Transport, and Customer Relationship and Support.

The 15 PhD positions are fully funded under a single, 3-year employment contract, which also provides social security coverage, holiday rights, parental leave rights, pension provision, health-care insurance, and accident coverage at work. An extra mobility allowance and a family allowance will also be provided.

For more details on each position, eligibility criteria, and the application process, please visit the DEDS website:

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Applications must abide by the following minimum eligibility criteria (EC):

  • EC1: The Candidate must have been awarded the equivalent of 300 ECTS from his/her Bachelor and Master's degrees (of which, at least 60 of those ECTS must correspond to the Master's degree) with a major in computer science, from an accredited university listed in the World Higher Education Database (WHED) or included in the following university rankings: (a) The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, (b) Academic Ranking of World Universities, or (c) QS World University Rankings.
  • EC2: The Candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of: (a) Either an internationally recognised test equivalent to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These tests include, e.g., Cambridge English First A, IELTS (academic) 7.0, TOEFL (paper based) 590, TOEFL (computer based) 243, TOEFL (Internet based), etc. (b) Or, a document issued by the university awarding his/her Bachelor or Master's degree certifying that its tuition language was English.
  • EC3: The Candidate must be, at the date of recruitment, in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his/her research career and has not been awarded a doctoral degree. The full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the Candidate obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the Candidate is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged. Applicants who were awarded the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate in a period longer than the stated, must describe in the cover letter the activities undertaken during this period. These activities cannot be research-oriented.
  • EC4: The Candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the Home Institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

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Contract and Salary

The ESR will receive a single, three-year employment contract issued by his/her Home Institution. The employment contract will provide by default social security coverage, holiday rights, parental leave rights, pension provision, healthcare insurance, and accident coverage at work. The contract guarantees that the ESR becomes a full member of the institution with the same rights as regular staff with the same position. This concerns, among others, working conditions, professional environment, access to the institutional resources, and participation (also by election) to various decision-making bodies.

During the whole period of enrolment in the DEDS programme, the ESR must not receive any scholarship or subvention by the European Commission within the framework of other Community programmes.

Mobility and Family Allowances

The ESR will receive a Mobility Allowance as a contribution to his/her mobility related expenses and a Family Allowance should he/she have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the Candidate or not. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the Candidate by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the Candidate. The family status of a Candidate will be determined at the recruitment date and will not evolve during his/her participation in the DEDS programme. For ESRs employed at AAU, the Mobility and Family Allowances will be paid as part of the basic salary; not as a supplement.

More information regarding the terms and conditions of the programme can be found in the Information note for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows in ITN.


Before applying please, read carefully the Application Manual that describes in detail the application procedure and requirements. It covers the most frequent questions.

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