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Call for recruitment Marie Curie PhD Fellowship in Circular Economy - ReTrace ITN project

I'm looking for enthusiastic young researchers interested in a critical
understanding of Circular Economy.
here is the link to the call:

Mario Pansera

Call for Applicants – Early Stage Researcher (PhD) Position available
within theH2020-MSCA-ITN-2018 project “Realising the Transition to the
Circular Economy (ReTraCE)”

Deadline: 15th January 2019

Applications are invited for one Early Stage Researcher (ESR) position to
be funded by the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network
“ReTraCE” – Realising the Transition towards the Circular Economy” ( within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European

This network brings together an exceptionally strong team of world-leading
experts from a wide set of beneficiaries and partners in order to achieve
breakthroughs in understanding how the transition towards a Circular
Economy (CE) can be realised in a successful way in the European context,
both within existing organisations and industries as well as through
innovative and sustainable business models. The proposed approach is
inherently multi-disciplinary, drawing upon research that will advance
significantly the state-of-the-art in terms of the current understanding of
the applicability of the CE paradigm from Economic, Environmental and
Social points of view, providing policy insights and implications for
practice. The consortium of 10 beneficiaries (including 7 academic and 3
non-academic groups from the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Italy,
Greece and Germany) will design and deliver world class multidisciplinary
training to 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), offering them an extended
and valuable program of international exchanges and secondments through the
wide network of partner organisations (from public, private and third
sector) involved in the proposal.

The network builds on the success of previous projects in which
beneficiaries have successfully delivered high impact research and
knowledge exchange. ReTraCE is specifically designed to train a cohort of
new thought leaders capable of driving the transition towards a more
sustainable mode of production and consumption in Europe in the next
decades, who will directly facilitate the implementation of the recently
adopted ambitious Circular Economy strategy of the European Commission,
which is closely linked to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Indeed, it
is envisaged that ESRs will be employable not only by research
institutions, but also by public sector bodies and within a wide range of
manufacturing and service industries which will require new professional
profiles for realising the transition towards the CE.

The position will be hosted by the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS)
located in Brussels. However, the ESR will be enrolled in the PhD programme
in Sustainable Futures at the University of Exeter Business School and will
be required to spend a substantial amount of time in the UK.

The ESR will contribute to the ITN joint research by focusing on the
following topic:

“The discourse of Circular Economy in the EU policy and public debate”

General Objectives: i) To analyse the Discourse of the Circular Economy in
the European Union and to map its regulatory development. ii) To analyse
the origin, adoption and diffusion of the Circular Economy strategy at the
level of the European Union institutions; iii) To identify and analyse the
networks of stakeholders that participate in the construction of the
discourse around the Circular Economy in the European context; iii) To
compare the Circular Economy strategy as defined by the European Union with
possible alternative framings that emerge from stakeholders’ activities or
other regulatory environments.

Required Background and Skills: MSc in Management, Ecological Economics,
Political Economy, Political Ecology, Science and Technology Studies or
related topics. Qualitative and/ or quantitative research methods, in
particular Critical Discourse Analysis, Content Analysis and Ethnographic
Methods. Knowledge of French would be considered an asset.


Dr Mario Pansera, ABIS;

Prof. Steffen Boehm, Professor in Organisation &
Sustainability, University of Exeter Business School;

Dr Sarah Hartley, Senior Lecturer in Management, University of Exeter
Business School

Main Contact: Dr. Mario Pansera,

Benefits and salary

The successful candidates will receive an attractive salary in accordance
with the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage
researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is
dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in
cost of living in different EU Member States).

Basic gross rates include a living allowance (€3270 per month), a mobility
allowance (€600 per month) and a family allowance (€500, if applicable).
ESRs will also get access to funds covering Research, Networking and
Training costs. ESRs will also be enrolled for PhD studies at institutions
which are part of the consortium. Funding will cover the entire 36-month

In addition to individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit
from further continuing education, which includes internships and
secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills
courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.

Eligibility Criteria

Early-stage researchers (ESR): ESR are 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: Marie Curie
Innovative Training Networks are a mobility scheme. 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

- 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.

All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter and adequate CV and
sent to through an email message entitled “ReTraCE
– ABIS ESR application” by 31st January 2019.

The applicants will be shortlisted by the supervisors and ABIS CEO Ivo
Matser. The candidates shortlisted will be expected to deliver a 20-minute
presentation about their proposed research project within the framework of
the ESR general objective described above. The selected ESR is to start her
research as quickly as possible (target: 1st May 2019).

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Applicants are expected to have an outstanding research record, be highly
motivated and proactive, have excellent organisation and communication
skills, be able to work independently as well as in a team, and be eager to
disseminate research results through publications and presentations at
international conferences and seminars. Fluency in English is a
prerequisite. Applicants for the ESR positions are specifically required to
have an IELTS point score of 7.0 or above. Women are especially encouraged
to apply. In general, all ESR positions will be dealing with the following
main duties:

- Conduct research into the design and development of novel research in
each related theme in collaboration with researchers from the host
institution as well as with those from the entire RETRACE network.

- Undertake reporting requirements for the project, present results to
collaborators, to members of the research group and to external audiences.

- Read academic papers, journals and textbooks and attend conferences to
keep abreast of developments.

- Prepare journal papers and presentations either in-house or at
national/international conferences or seminars to disseminate research

- Write supporting documents to contribute to and support the work of the
research group, e.g. reports, interim reports and grant applications.

- Carry out administrative roles as required; arranging project progress
meetings, etc.

Other duties, commensurate with the post and Marie Curie ITN regulations.
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