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date: 28.02.2020

12 PhD positions are available for highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) as part of the new H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Joint European Doctorate (EJD) Training Network - GreenTRIBOS. Deadline: 15.5.2020.

GreenTRIBOS is a European Joint Doctoral International Training Network project, part of the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. It is a joint doctoral programme of 4 universities: University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Leeds (UK), University of Coimbra (Portugal) and the Technical University of Lulea (Sweden). The project involves 26 partners, where in addition to institutes, universities, NGOs and governmental organizations, there are also globally recognized, multinational companies, such as TOTAL, Volvo, SKF, Vattenfall, Oerlikon, Sandvik, and Cummins.

The world is subject to global warming and weather conditions are becoming increasingly unstable and extreme. And whether we like it or not, the overwhelming scientific consensus is that the use of fossil fuels is a key component in climate change. Friction, which consumes as much as 30% of all the energy produced, wear and the short lifespan of material goods are the main factors in energy consumption. Therefore, reducing friction and wear with the use of green lubrication is the most direct way to reduce energy consumption and pollution, contributing to a better environment for everyone.

The GreenTRIBOS project accepts this challenge. As part of the project, 12 doctoral students will be conducting research in scientifically oriented work packages with the aim of developing integrative green concepts of contacts and functional surface mechanisms with a lifecycle analysis. They will also evaluate the effectiveness of these tribological solutions in reducing energy consumption, the depletion of material resources and emissions. In a joint work package, the researchers will combine the results into a comprehensive set of general concepts of green tribology and the rules for constructing mechanical systems—which will be freely available to everyone—with a measurable effect over the entire lifecycle of the system. All 12 doctoral students will use complementary research techniques, analytical tools, models and approaches with the support of their academic mentors, research groups and non-academic mentors. Through education in scientific, technical and soft skills, the PhD students will be educated to be a new generation of scientists and engineers with high applicative potential, who will encourage the changes needed for sustainable development that will serve the engineering needs of Europe in the 21st century.

Information regarding the application procedure is available at: https://www.greentribos.eu/