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PhD Researcher Positions in Sustainable Carbon-based Materials and Composites

InnoRenew CoE seeks highly motivated and qualified applicants for two available PhD researcher positions (Assistant Researcher) in the field of sustainable carbon-based materials and composites.

As Assistant Researchers, the successful candidates will be responsible for development and optimization of carbon-based materials and composites for various applications. Positions are part of InnoRenew CoE’s Renewable Materials Composite (RMC) research group (Izola, Slovenia), which focuses on advancing building efficiency and human health through the development of composite materials with enhanced properties.

As doctoral students, the successful candidates will enroll in the Renewable Materials for Healthy Built Environments (RMHBE) doctoral program at the University of Primorska (Koper, Slovenia). RMHBE offers doctoral students an interdisciplinary education to gain the theoretical knowledge and technical skills needed to solve the field’s most complex and demanding problems. RMHBE graduates emerge as expert researchers sought after by academia, public institutions, and private industry. The study program is implemented in Slovenian and English.

More details about the RMHBE doctoral program can be found here.

Position overview

RMC Assistant Researcher positions involve work related to thermochemical treatment (carbonization) of biomass and development of high-value composites, coatings, and sensor materials. Specifically, research will include:

  • Developing novel pre- and post-processing methodologies for carbonization of biomass
  • Developing composite materials and protective coatings using carbonized biomass
  • Evaluating the electrical properties of thermochemically treated biomass and resulting composite materials

RMC Assistant Researchers are expected to pursue research that leads to new discoveries in the processing of wood and plant-based biomass into highly ordered, porous bio-carbon and exploration of these materials for use in composites and protective coatings. RMC Assistant Researchers will carry out laboratory-based experimental work, prepare review material related to state-of-the-art knowledge in carbon materials, composites, and coatings, and assist in the preparation of scientific articles and proposals.

Required qualifications

  • M.S. (master of science) in wood science, material science, chemistry, biomaterial engineering or related area
  • Experience in bio-based materials and/or carbon materials
  • Experience with lab work and data analysis
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English
  • Ability to interact with industry and other researchers

Preferred qualifications

  • Background in organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Experience in advanced chemical, mechanical, and analytical testing related to fiber and nanoparticle raw materials and carbon materials
  • Knowledge of composite materials
  • Ability to formulate and communicate new research ideas and prepare research proposals

What we offer

RMC Assistant Researcher positions are within the Renewable Materials Composite group at InnoRenew CoE. InnoRenew CoE was established through the InnoRenew project funded by the European Commission and the Republic of Slovenia. InnoRenew CoE is an interdisciplinary research institute that focuses on renewable material use in sustainable built environments.

  • Positions are available for a three-year period (with yearly contract) to align with the duration of the doctoral study program
  • Positions offer a competitive salary with possible performance-based raises
  • Positions offer the opportunity to work on a prestigious H2020 project

Start Date

July 1, 2020 is the expected start date but can be flexible, depending on the successful applicants; however, the start date needs to be set prior to the beginning of fall classes at the University of Primorska (October 2020).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email the following documents (PDF format) to coe@innorenew.eu:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (maximum one A4 page)
  • Summary of previous research experience (master’s thesis, for example)
  • Certified copy of master´s diploma/certificate and official records transcript, with translations if originals are not in English

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Please contact Dr. David DeVallance (devallance@innorenew.eu) or Dr. Laetitia Marrot (laetitia.marrot@innorenew.eu) via email for questions related to the expected duties of the assistant researcher positions.

InnoRenew CoE’s employment opportunities, policies, activities, services, and facilities do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender, religion, national origin, or disability.

InnoRenew CoE reserves the right to leave the positions open, extend the application period, and consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

For additional information, contact InnoRenew CoE at coe@innorenew.eu or visit the website: http://innorenew.eu 

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Assistant project manager

Apply till 2020-04-15
Location: Koper, Slovenia

InnoRenew CoE is seeking a well-qualified individual to work as an assistant project manager to assist the institute’s project manager and coordinating researchers with financial and administrative planning, operations and reporting for national and international research projects. This position is located in Koper, Slovenia.

Tasks

Project management of research projects with specific duties to include:

  • Financial and administrative monitoring
  • Preparation of financial reports
  • Preparation of financial plans
  • File management (digital, hard copy)
  • Occasional administrative tasks during project meetings and events, such as note taking, compiling minutes and monitoring attendance
  • Communicating with other team members about project status, event outcomes, etc.

The assistant project manager will coordinate all financial and administrative aspects of InnoRenew CoE research projects, ensuring they are managed smoothly and efficiently, on time and within the available budget.

Preferred qualifications

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and Slovene
  • Knowledge of EU and Slovenian financial and administrative rules and funding programs (e.g., Horizon 2020, Erasmus +, ARRS, etc.)
  • Experience managing budgets and time sheets
  • Experience working with researchers
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines
  • Capacity to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Teamwork skills
  • Education: university degree or suitable professional experience

 

What we offer

InnoRenew CoE was established through the InnoRenew project, which is funded by the European Commission and the Republic of Slovenia.

  • One-year contract with option for renewal
  • Competitive salary with possible performance-based raises
  • Opportunity to work on a prestigious H2020 project

How to apply

Interested applicants should send the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (maximum one A4 page)

All materials should be submitted in Slovene or English as PDFs no later than 15 April 2020.

Please send application via e-mail to: coe@innorenew.eu

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For further information about this position, please send an email to coe@innorenew.eu.

Employment opportunities, activities, services and facilities of InnoRenew CoE do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender, religion, national origin or disability. In processing applications, GDPR will be respected and applicants’ information will not be shared beyond the relevant staff at InnoRenew CoE. By submitting an application, you agree that the data you provide therein will be reviewed by this organization.

InnoRenew CoE reserves the right to leave the position open, extend the application period and consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

PhD position available in software development, distributed ledger technology and edge computing

Apply till 2020-05-15

InnoRenew CoE is seeking a well-qualified individual to work on a collaborative PhD project with the University of Primorska to research and develop solutions in the field of distributed systems. This position is located in Izola and Koper, Slovenia.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has reached a point where challenges concerning optimization of network utilization, security, network topology, privacy and large-scale deployments need to and can be addressed with a decentralized approach. Collaboration between the education sector, industry and research institutes will support the development of a decentralized framework to investigate efficient use of edge devices.

The researcher assigned to this position will be employed full-time at InnoRenew CoE until October 2020. At that time, employment will be split between InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska. Duties at the University of Primorska will include teaching computer science courses with a focus on software development and programming.

Goals and tasks

The overall goal of this PhD project is to explore the use of distributed ledger technologies and other distributed solutions for utilizing edge devices in large networks. The researcher’s main tasks will be:

  1. preparation and execution of a research plan,
  2. review of existing systems and comparison of state-of-the-art concepts in IoT,
  3. design of theoretical decentralized solutions for edge devices, and
  4. development of pilot software aimed at testing and evaluating proposed solutions.

The researcher will write articles about this research for academic, professional and lay audiences to extend its reach. Additionally, the researcher will be involved in preparation of at least one funding proposal that seeks to extend financial support for the research program.

Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in computer science, information technology, mathematics, or related area
  • High motivation to carry out interdisciplinary research projects
  • Excellent communication skills (written and spoken) in Slovene and English
  • Ability to formulate and communicate new research ideas (proposal preparation, scholarly publication)
  • Demonstrated record of programming projects (public repositories preferred)

What we offer

InnoRenew CoE was established through the InnoRenew project, which is funded by the European Commission and the Republic of Slovenia.

  • One-year contract with option for renewal (recommended duration for doctoral studies is four years)
  • Competitive salary with possible performance-based raises
  • Opportunity to work on a prestigious H2020 project

How to apply

Interested applicants should send the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (maximum one A4 page)
  • Summary of previous research experience (master’s thesis, for example)
  • Certified copy of master’s diploma/certificate and official records transcript (with translations if originals are not in English or Slovene). If graduating in 2020, state so clearly in your application.

All materials should be submitted in English as PDFs no later than 15 May 2020.

 

Please send application via e-mail to: coe@innorenew.eu

 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For further information about the research topic, please contact prof. dr. Michael Mrissa (michael.mrissa@innorenew.eu) or dr. Jernej Vičič (jernej.vicic@upr.si).

Employment opportunities, admissions policies, activities, services and facilities of InnoRenew CoE do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color, age, sex, gender, religion, national origin or disability. In processing applications, GDPR will be respected and applicants’ information will not be shared beyond the relevant staff at InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska. By submitting an application, you agree that the data you provide therein will be reviewed by these organizations.

InnoRenew CoE and the University of Primorska reserve the right to leave the position open, extend the application period and consider candidates who have not submitted applications during the application period.

 

Request more information: coe@innorenew.eu

Working with us

Research at the InnoRenew CoE is focused on supporting restorative solutions for the built environment through renewable materials research and sustainable building research that creates positive impacts for the environment, building users, and society. While working with us, you will conduct cutting edge research with researchers from around the globe, collaborate with industry members, interact with the public, and support policy development for a sustainable future.

Working in Slovenia

Slovenia is a beautiful country to live and work in with easy access to the rest of Europe. The InnoRenew CoE is located on Slovenia’s welcoming coast that is dotted with historic cities, wineries, olive groves, and stunning vistas. The food is great, the people are open and welcoming, and the lifestyle is as active or relaxed as you want it to be, with many outdoor activities to take part in or cafés to relax in.

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