Open Positions

ARCADES is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network offering a comprehensive training program at the crossroads of mathematical foundations, CAD technology, and software development.

ARCADES offers 13 Early-Stage-Researcher (ESR) positions which allow the researcher to work towards a PhD. The ESRs will be recruited within 2016 for a duration of 36 months. Some positions are already filled in, see below. Every ESR will work on an independent research project (detailed below) which will be flexible enough to match the competence and goals of the student.

The ESRs will have secondment visits (internships) to other members of the Network, including industrial partners. The planned secondments are listed below but may change as the individual projects evolve. ESRs will also attend the Network meetings and Training events throughout Europe. A Career Development Plan will be established by the time of recruitment describing the scientific goals and methods, the secondments, any courses to be taken, and the personal, professional and career development of the ESR, and how it shall be achieved.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESRs are paid a competitive gross salary of 3,110 /month, adjusted for their host country, a Mobility Allowance of 600 /month and, for researchers who have a family, a Family Allowance of 500 /month. All amounts are subject to deductions and taxes. Family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national legislation of the country of the beneficiary or of nationality of the researcher, or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher; family status is determined at recruitment and does not evolve.


The applicant must:

  • Have a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or Engineering (or any equivalent diploma).
  • Should be — at the date of recruitment — an ‘early stage researcher (ESR)’, i.e. have less than 4 years of a research career, and not have a doctoral degree. The 4 years are measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a PhD, either in the country where the degree was obtained or in the country where the PhD is provided.
  • Trans-national mobility: The applicant should not have resided in the country where the research training takes place for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment, and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country. For refugees under the Geneva Convention [1], the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as ‘period of residence/activity in the country of the beneficiary’.
  • Be able to communicate fluently in English (speaking and writing). Oral interview with the prospective advisor may be required.


To apply for the position, please provide:

  1. a letter of motivation regarding the position as well as the ARCADES network;
  2. a detailed CV including education, work experience, skills, dissertations, research interests, career objectives, names and contact details of two referees, including the supervisor of the master thesis, willing to provide confidential letters of recommendation, and list of publications if any; Please also provide the English language certificates, if any.
  3. a transcript of his/hers master studies’ grades (including the overall grade and an explanation of the grading system) and the master’s thesis if available;
  4. letter of recommendation, preferably of the Master’s thesis supervisor, sent directly to the contact persons below.
  5. fill in the eligibility form and include it with your application.

Items i,ii, and iii should be emailed as a single PDF file (<5 Mb) to the head of the Educational Committee Laurent Busé, cc to arcades AT, with ‘PhD application Arcades′ in the subject line.

Students and researchers from countries affected by conflicts and having their careers interrupted are encouraged to apply. Researchers faced by these circumstances can also visit:

[1] 1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol.