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    Research Support Assistant(s) & PhD Candidate(s) (1st Call)

     Jobsplus Permit No. 87/2017 & 98/2018

    Definite - Full Time  

    Date of Call: 21/12/2018 11:17
    Closing Date: 25/01/2019 23:59
    Department: MCAST Energy Research Group

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The MCAST Energy is looking for up to two (2) highly motivated and creative researchers in the fields of Electrical and Control Engineering, Electrical Power and Energy Systems, Integration of Photovoltaics (PVs) and Energy and Environmental Economics, who aspire to jointly and multidisciplinary address one of themes below with Mediterranean or Maltese attributes:

- Focused PV integration technical solutions: Flexible technologies such as energy storage.

- Future Electricity Markets with PVs: European regulatory framework and market design.


Applicants shall have:

- A strong MQF Level 6 and MQF Level 7 qualifications or MQF Level 7 qualification in the subject area of Engineering preferably with a specialisation in Electrical and Control Engineering.

- Hardware and software development preferably in relation to electrical engineering and proficiency in C/C++, python and MATLAB.

- Entry criteria for The University of Manchester split-site PhD programme.

Related academic/research experience and/or work experience would be considered an asset.

Preference will be given to candidates showing research-based initiatives within their career profile.

Research Support Assistant Gross Salary: €21,500 annually

The split-site PhD programme is supported by Enemalta PLC and MCAST on full-time Home/EU fees only.

The Research Support Assistant will benefit from substantial mobility travel activities and training at partner institutions.

These positions are being funded by the European Commission H2020 TWINNING JUMP2Excel (Joint Universal activities for Mediterranean PV integration Excellence) project under grant 810809, and the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) 3DMgrid (Design, Development and Demonstration of a Smart Micro-Grid) project under grant ENM-2016-002a and EDGEWISE (Energy and Water Systems Integration and Management) project under grant ENM-2016-001 through the ERANETMED initiative of Member States, Associated Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries.

You will enjoy some of the best mobility, training activities and resources within The University of Manchester in UK, The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in France, and National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) in Spain, as well as other partner institutions in exchange visits, internships, mentoring, schools, courses, lectures, conferences and meetings.

Information on PhD Electrical and Electronics Engineering at The University of Manchester -

Vacancies will be filled if and when openings become available. Successful candidates will be called to fill existing vacancies in accordance with the order of merit.

Interested candidates are invited to apply at and submit in English:

- a covering letter selecting the preferred research theme,

- a 1,000 to 1,500 words research proposal on the preferred research theme with Maltese or Regional attributes (no application within The University of Manchester is required at this stage),

- an updated Curriculum Vitae on the Europass CV Template,

- copies of all academic and professional certificates,

- recognition statement/receipt of an application by Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre (MQRIC) for all certificates by applying to (applicable to all qualifications awarded by foreign or local institutions excluding the University of Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST)) 

- two referee contacts,

- copies of English language certification in either one of the following: (i) IELTS score of 6.5 overall with at least three sub-tests at 6.0 or above and no sub-test less than 5.5, (ii) TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall with no sub-test of less than 22, (iii) Pearson PTE score of 59 overall with no sub-test of less than 51, (iv) Cambridge CPE grade C (applicable for non-English mother tongue nationals),

- a statement that self-funding of PhD fees difference is financially feasible to the candidate including a self-funding financial statement.  Please note eligibility for home-fees status: (applicable for non-EU candidates), and
- a copy of full-passport (applicable to non-EU candidates).

Additional submission fields are available in certificates section.

Applications are to be received by the closing date on this advert. Please refer any enquiries to