Understanding and Controlling of Complex Systems


New: six open PhD positions. Join our quest to understand, exploit and control complex networks.

Each PhD student (called ESR = Early Stage Researcher) will receive a double or joint doctorate from two of the universities, and will spend equal time at both institutions.

Candidates have to comply with the mobility requirements for eligibility for the country of the first host.

Here you can download a resume for all the available positions.

Eligibility Criteria MSCA actions

The eligibility criteria of Marie Sklodowska Curie Innovative Training Networks include the following:

Conditions of mobility

“At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.”

The mobility rule only applies to the first host, by which the ESR is recruited. For example, someone who spent more than 12 months in the last three years in France, but not in Belgium, satisfies the mobility condition for ESR5, even though ESR5 will be hosted for the second part of the PhD at Ecole Centrale de Lille.

Conditions of experience

“Early-Stage Researchers are those who are, at the time of selection by the host institution, 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.”


Candidates must have a MSc degree in engineering (control, mechananical, electrical, ...), computational or applied mathematics, or Physics. Candidates should have an enthusiasm for scientific research and have good collaboration skills.

Proficiency in English is a requirement. For candidates whose mother tongue is not English, a proof of English proficiency must be provided. For the TOEFL and Academic IELTS tests, required minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 610 (paper-based test), 102 (internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 7.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)

Application instructions

The application form can be found here.

Deadline for the open positions: November 28, 2016.