PhD Position in MSCA ETN Safer Autonomous Systems - ESR5: Making Connectivity Work Reliably despite harsh EMI

     
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PhD Position in MSCA ETN Safer Autonomous Systems - ESR5: Making Connectivity Work Reliably despite harsh EMI

Applications are invited for a PhD positions ("Early Stage Researchers") on ElectroMagnetic Compatibility/ElectroMagnetic Interference to be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network "SAS - Safer Autonomous Systems" within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission.

Within the SAS project, ESR5 will work on effective techniques and measures that assure by-design that even under fault conditions the autonomous system remains safe without any human intervention. When autonomy increases, so does the hardware and software complexity and thus the likelihood that it contains faults. Moreover, future applications of autonomous systems will rely heavily on different communication technologies to connect and interact with other devices, infrastructure, the "cloud", etc. Although adding connectivity has its benefits, it also adds challenges, among which are most definitely its robustness and resilience. ESR5 focuses on hardware-oriented design and testing specifications, which make connectivity work reliably under a diverse range of environments. This takes into account a combination of stresses, including electromagnetic interference, temperature and vibrations, aging, etc.

The MSCA ETN Safer Autonomous Systems project comprises a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Ireland (Figure 1). This gives SAS some of the best and most relevant of European industry and the key academic players, guaranteeing not only an exciting interdisciplinary, intersectoral research-and-training programme, but also a head-start for bringing about trust in autonomous systems. Each of the 15 ESRs will be working towards a PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximizes both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. The 15 SAS ESRs will not only receive state-of-the-art science/technology training but will also benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme. This will kick-start their careers as highly employable professionals tackling challenges across many industrial sectors comprising, but not limited to, automotive, robotics, nautical, manufacturing, aeronautics, agriculture and medical industry. This particular ESR-position will be executed within the KU Leuven M-Group (Mechatronics Group) at the KU Leuven Bruges Campus. The KU Leuven M-Group is focused on the design, development and validation of dependable electrical/electronic/programmable electronic systems, with dependability being defined as the ability of a system to provide its services in a way that can defensibly be trusted. Dependability includes reliability, robustness, availability and safety. The M-Groups’ research topics comprise mission- and safety-critical systems, fault-tolerant and fail-operational hard- and software design, risk-and-hazard analysis and management mitigation, debug- and pre-compliance-testing techniques for EMC and EMI, with additional work on highly accelerated lifetime testing (HALT). The M-Group’s current research-oriented staff counts 5 professors, 3 post-doctoral researchers, 18 junior researchers, and 1 technical assistant.

The MSCA ETN Safer Autonomous Systems project comprises a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Ireland (Figure 1). This gives SAS some of the best and most relevant of European industry and the key academic players, guaranteeing not only an exciting interdisciplinary, intersectoral research-and-training programme, but also a head-start for bringing about trust in autonomous systems. Each of the 15 ESRs will be working towards a PhD degree, supported by a carefully chosen supervisory team that maximizes both scientific excellence as well as interdisciplinary and intersectoral collaboration. The 15 SAS ESRs will not only receive state-of-the-art science/technology training but will also benefit from a unique soft-skills training programme. This will kick-start their careers as highly employable professionals tackling challenges across many industrial sectors comprising, but not limited to, automotive, robotics, nautical, manufacturing, aeronautics, agriculture and medical industry. This particular ESR-position will be executed within the KU Leuven M-Group (Mechatronics Group) at the KU Leuven Bruges Campus. The KU Leuven M-Group is focused on the design, development and validation of dependable electrical/electronic/programmable electronic systems, with dependability being defined as the ability of a system to provide its services in a way that can defensibly be trusted. Dependability includes reliability, robustness, availability and safety. The M-Groups’ research topics comprise mission- and safety-critical systems, fault-tolerant and fail-operational hard- and software design, risk-and-hazard analysis and management mitigation, debug- and pre-compliance-testing techniques for EMC and EMI, with additional work on highly accelerated lifetime testing (HALT). The M-Group’s current research-oriented staff counts 5 professors, 3 post-doctoral researchers, 18 junior researchers, and 1 technical assistant.

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

  • Early-stage researchers (ESR): 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.


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