Researchers in Science and Engineering
RMIT University

Early Stage Researchers (PhD candidates) – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action

Job no: 593646
Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Categories: Research

  • Conduct innovative research activities in digital transformation in collaboration with high level academic and industrial partners
  • 4 X Full-time, 36-month fixed-term contracts based at RMIT Europe in Barcelona, Spain
  • Salary estimated to 32,500 euros – additional allowance based on personal circumstances may apply
  • Starting September 1 2021, must have work permit for Spain and will be enrolled as a PhD candidate at RMIT University (Australia)  

About us 

RMIT is a multi-sector university of technology, design and enterprise with more than 91,000 students and 11,000 staff globally. RMIT offers postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online programs to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways. 

Our purpose is to offer life-changing experiences for our students, and to help shape the world with research, innovation, teaching and industry engagement. With strong industry connections forged over 130 years, collaboration with industry remains integral to RMIT’s leadership in education, applied and innovative research, and to the development of highly skilled, globally focused graduates. 

RMIT Europe, is a creative and dynamic hub of RMIT university based in the heart of Barcelona. It is a centre that is successfully extending RMIT University's international engagement in Europe and strategically growing the university’s collaborative research and education activity in Europe. RMIT Europe facilitates RMIT's collaboration in the development of innovative pan-European projects attracting global knowledge from Europe, Australia and Asia to deliver local impact.

About the role /College 

The PhD positions are part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action ‟European Training Network for InduStry Digital Transformation across Innovation Ecosystems” (EINST4INE), coordinated by RMIT Europe. EINST4INE project aims to develop new concepts, approaches and methods in the area of digital transformation and brings together a unique group of world-leading experts in the areas of Open Innovation, Industry 4.0, digital transformation and innovation ecosystems. EINST4INE six academic beneficiaries and the coordinator, RMIT Europe, will recruit altogether 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working in the domain of industrial digital transformation. 4 of them will be recruited by RMIT Europe.

PhD Project topics for RMIT ESRs:

ESR1: Future skills and competencies of employees dealing with the management of digital transformation

ESR4: The robo-advisor revolution and its impact on skillset and competencies of financial advisors

ESR8: Organizational capabilities, processes and structures that support and drive digital transformation

ESR9: The technological and industrial convergence and the interplay between technology-centered ecosystem

The successful candidates will be based at RMIT Europe (Barcelona, Spain) and enrolled in a PhD programme at RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia). Multiple international travels are foreseen among which participation to the project activities across Europe, visits and secondments to partner organisations, and long-term stay at RMIT University in Melbourne. For more information about EINST4INE project, visit our website: 

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 956745.

 About you 

You will have an educational background in business, economics, management, industrial management, information systems, engineering (with a technology management background).

To be eligible, you need to be an “Early Stage Researcher”, simultaneously fulfil the following criteria at the time of recruitment:

  • Candidates must satisfy eligibility criteria according to RMIT University requirements for PhD enrolment (
  • Mobility: candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc…) in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment under the EINST4INE project (i.e. from August 2018).
  • Research experience: at the date of recruitment, candidates must be in the first four years of their research career, after the master’s degree was awarded.

The positions adhere to the European policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Both men and women are encouraged to apply.


Candidates should hold a degree entitling to enrol in a PhD programme. This could be:

  • a Degree that 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 (typically a master’s degree – MSc).
  • a Master’s degree (preferred) that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year with an overall distinction average or a master’s degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
  • a Bachelor’s degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year. The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.

Professional experience is an asset but not formally required.

Candidates must be proficient in English, with one of the following tests:

  • IELTS: minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL: minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

More details:

Bring Your Whole Self to Work 

We are better for our diversity. When we listen to those who are different to us, or challenge us, we grow stronger together. When we feel like we belong, we can achieve so much more. We respect each other, embrace our differences and build a sense of belonging in our team and beyond.  

We are proud that our dedication to diversity has been recognised by a broad spectrum of external organisations. Visit our Linkedin Life pages to learn more and see some of our most recent wins. 

To Apply  

Applicants will be selected on their potential for scientific excellence and adaptability to work in a multicultural environment. Recruitment will be a transparent, open and equal process following the guidelines of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Carefully read the guidelines before applying. NB: the recruitment and interview process for this position is specific to EINST4INE project. Still, applicants should make sure they comply with the recruiting institution conditions.

The application must be submitted online via the following portal:, together with the following supporting documents (in English):

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae (2-pages max);
  • A letter of motivation (1,000 words max);
  • A brief, non-binding, research proposal for the ESR project, addressing the state of the art, the objectives, the methodology (3,000 words max);
  • A copy of your official academic degree(s) and the corresponding transcripts;
  • A proof of English proficiency (as defined here).

NB: the recruitment and interview process for this position is specific to EINST4INE project. Still, applicants are encouraged to carefully read RMIT University application tips (

The data of the applicant will be collected for the sole purpose of the selection procedure, such as described in Grant Agreement No. 956745 - Horizon 2020 EINST4INE. The candidate may refer to RMIT EU (coordinator) in order to exercise her/his rights under art. 15 – 22 Reg. (EU) 2016/679.

For more information on the Guide for Applicants and position description/s, please visit

Applications close on 25th April at 8:00pm CET. 

RMIT is a Disability Confident Recruitment Team and we are happy to adjust the recruitment process for your accessibility requirements. Please contact us at telling us your preferred type of communication and we will be in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements. 

 RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community. 

Please note that whilst we still accept applications from any persons interested in our roles, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications from those with current working rights in Australia and who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia’s immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak: 

We are a 2021 Circle Back Initiative Employer – we commit to respond to every applicant. 

Application close: 25 Apr 2021 8:00 PM Romance Daylight Time

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