Phd Student D-carbonize (2 Positions)

  • Tarragona
  • Iciq

The DCs will be hosted by a network of highly renowned European experts and leading companies in CO2 catalysis and polymer development, allowing them to perform cutting-edge research in the most innovative environments and with a multidisciplinary spin involving different topics such as homo

  • and heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable monomer/macromolecular design, polymer chemistry, thermoplastics, process scalability, depolymerization strategies, process optimization and high-throughput approaches.

The doctoral programs offered within D-Carbonize are funded under Horizon Europe’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme

Project Title and Description : Title : Biocarbon based Polymers for Sustainable Material Development (D-Carbonize)

Description : D-Carbonize's approach targets biocarbon recycling into valuable starting materials for the chemical/polymer industries and will primarily provide innovative low-carb catalysis solutions. The use of biocarbon is advantageous in many respects as it is renewable, generally abundant and non-toxic, and it represents easy-to-handle carbon reagents even on larger scale. Despite the lack of universal (catalytic) strategies available for biocarbon valorization into monomers and polymers, recent advances in catalysis science have demonstrated the engineering and use of new promising metal

Requirements : Eligibility criteria

EU eligibility criteria for all applicants:

  • Recruited researchers can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, et.) in the country of the main host institution for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the recruitment date (September - October 2023)

Required Documentation : Application form will include the upload of the following information:

  • Copy of B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees with annexes (academic records). If annexes do not include the number of total ECTS credits a certificate from the institution awarding the degree will be required. If not originally in English, an official translation could be requested.
  • Motivation letter (maximum 2 pages)

Grant Conditions

  • Appointment under full-time employment contract for a period of 36 months (at two different host institutions: 21 months - Main host institution + 15 months - Secondary host Institution)
  • Competitive remuneration (Living Allowance = €3400/month (correction factor to be applied per country) + mobility allowance = €600/month + family allowance if applicable = €660/month). Monthly salary and hosting institution costs for the fellow before any deductions.
  • The living allowance is adjusted by country correction coefficient, depending on the country where the host institution is located.
  • N.B. The gross salary is calculated by deducting employment costs, which vary depending on the country, from the living allowance. The gross salaries for each DC position will be published in the individual job descriptions.


  • A prestigious MSCA fellowship
  • The opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary team within a Europe-wide consortium of research institutions and industrial partners
  • Enrolment in two doctoral programs leading to a double degree (two different European universities)
  • An extensive network-wide training program