Applications are invited for two Doctoral Candidates (DCs) positions, funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network IN-NOVA (Active reduction of noise transmitted into and from enclosures through encapsulated structures; project 101073037) within the Horizon Europe Programme. IN-NOVA is an international consortium of high-profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Poland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and United Kingdom (other job offers from IN-NOVA consortium are also available on Euraxess). The positions have a duration of 3 years.
Scientific Project of Doctoral Candidate No. 1
DC1 Title: Distributed control algorithms for active device casings.
The active casing wall panels' vibrations can be controlled to reduce the device noise emission. Such concept has been originally proposed and its efficiency has been preliminarily confirmed by the researchers of SUT. Developed prototypes are based on high-end laboratory grade controller with mostly centralized control architecture. However, further research is required to advance this solution for real applications. In particular, the DC will design a new control system architecture in order to improve system feasibility and scalability. The DC will develop a real-time implementation of distributed control algorithms on a dedicated modular hardware. The DC will address a design of distributed controller, necessary data exchange between control nodes, reduction of computational complexity and control performance experimental evaluation. The main goal is to provide global noise reduction in the entire enclosure, with reduced energy consumption and system complexity. The project is expected to deliver a novel distributed adaptive control algorithm tailored for the active casing. Another result is a new prototype of distributed controller that will push the investigated method beyond the current state-of-the-art.
A period of 27 months in total will be spent at the Silesian University of Technology (SUT), Poland. Another 9 months (3 months per secondment) the candidate will be seconded to Analog Devices S.L.U., Spain; Airbus Operations GmbH, Germany; and Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt EV, Germany. Throughout the entire project, the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD candidate at SUT with a working contract.
Scientific Project of Doctoral Candidate No. 2
DC2 Title: Active device casings with an open part or made from a different material.
The idea of the active casing originally proposed at SUT is to control vibration of device walls in order to reduce noise emission globally to the entire room or area, where the devices are located. However, there are many practical situations, where the devices are not fully enclosed e.g., to be reached by an operator. Then, the problems go to another level. Controlling vibration of the remaining walls should be performed in a very specific way not only to reduce the noise just transmitted through the respective walls, but also contribute to controlling the noise going out through the opening. Additional sound sources are needed to support the vibrating walls in order to reduce the noise globally in the room. This DC's project is expected to originally analyse the problem of active casings with an opening, develop and experimentally verify control systems and algorithms to make them practically applicable.
A period of 27 months in total will be spent at the Silesian University of Technology (SUT), Poland, another 9 months (3 months per secondment) the candidate will be seconded to University College London, United Kingdom; Müller-BBM Active Sound Technology GmbH, Germany; and Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Throughout the entire project, the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD candidate at SUT with a working contract.Benefits
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a gross salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for doctoral candidates. Exact gross salary will be confirmed upon appointment (employer costs and other deductions depend on recruiting host): living allowance for Poland = €28.764/year + monthly mobility allowance = €600. An additional monthly allowance of €660 is applicable depending on family situation. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes secondments (internships), a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.
Within IN-NOVA each recruited researcher will spend three secondment periods at three of the other complementary Beneficiaries or Associated Partners for a duration of 2-3 months for each secondment. The DCs hosted by academic Beneficiaries will engage in an inter-sectoral secondment by working in industry to impart knowledge transfer and gain experience of the industrial research and implementation culture. Normal practice during secondments is for the researchers to keep their contract with the sending organisation, which also pays the travel and subsistence expenses (e.g. accommodation). During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving organisation. Secondments are mandatory. If you apply for one of the positions then you agree that you will be seconded to other organisations during your contract.Eligibility criteria
Doctoral Candidates must have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Conditions of international mobility requires that researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.Selection process
We look for Doctoral Candidates (DCs) with a master degree (already awarded or to be awarded until the end of January 2023) in a relevant discipline (engineering/technical sciences) interested in combining academic and industrial research experience. The recruitment process is composed of following consecutive steps and time allowed for them:
(a) Filling an electronic questionnaire for the central IN-NOVA system: https: // forms.office.com/r/nKubiURQZU (b) Submission of applications by the candidates directly to host institution - Silesian University of Technology. Compile your application in one pdf file, following the order: (i) maximum two-page motivation letter, (ii) CV, (iii) copies of transcripts of obtained degrees. The application must be written in English. Submit all the above documents via email as a single pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org. As the subject of your email, please use IN-NOVA application - your name. The candidate may apply to many DC subjects and different host institutions within IN-NOVA project; the order of preference should be specified in the questionnaire mentioned in step 1(a) – 20 working days
Pre-selection of candidates by the main supervisors based on the CV and the motivation letter (creation of a long list for each subject) – 5 working days
The candidates applying to the given university should meet all criteria for PhD candidates defined by that university and may be subject to additional steps of the recruitment process including evaluation by a body established by that university. The candidates are allowed to contact directly the supervisors from that university or use the IN-NOVA email address (email@example.com) to ask questions about the PhD subjects and the recruitment process.Offer Requirements
Engineering: Master Degree or equivalentSkills/Qualifications
Applicants should have a background in Control Engineering, Computer Science or related disciplines. An interest in acoustics is welcome. They must be able to fluently communicate in English, both in speech and writing.Specific Requirements
Doctoral Candidates must have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Conditions of international mobility requires that researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Poland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.Contact Information