6 PhD positions (Early Stage Researcher PhD fellowships in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Industr...

University of Macerata KU Leuven Philips Electronics Nederland B.V.
July 17 2017
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Full Time
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Six research fellowships are offered within the framework of HEART:  HEalth related Activity Recognition system based on IoT,  a project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research & innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie - ITN, Industrial Doctorate (GA n. 766139).

HEART is an international, inter-sectoral, interdisciplinary project providing Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowships to 6 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), with the potential to become the leaders of tomorrow in the Internet of Things domain applied to the Health sector.

More specifically, the HEART research program aims for a personalized approach of mobile health coaching programs that involve the user and that are tailored to individual needs (putting the user at the HEART of the system). Programs will leverage on a health integrated activity recognition platform that can detect activities from heterogeneous data, using scalable algorithms, while safeguarding the privacy of the person. When developing such technology, special attention will be devoted to the definition of a penetration strategy for the Chinese market that ensures: i) protection of personal information and acquired sensitive data; and ii) adaption to the needs of the Chinese consumers.

The following PhD students (also indicated as Early Stage Researchers- ESR) will collaborate within the HEART ITN research program: 4 PhD students in Information&Communication Technology (ICT), 1 Phd student in legal studies and 1 Phd student in the international business domain.

ESR1  - HEalth Behavior Analytics on heterogeneous Data

ESR2 - Scalability of data analytics

ESR3 - Scalability of data processing

ESR4 - Privacy and security analytics

ESR5 - Privacy by design and by research. the legal issues from conceptualization to commercialization

ESR6 - Understanding China:  from customers' needs to market penetration



The project will offer an ambitious and innovative doctoral program for six new PhD students, combining academic excellence with strong international business attitude, inspired to innovation-oriented mind-set.

PhD students will develop a completely new profile, based on a strong interdisciplinary attitude, integrating technical skills, socio-economic sciences' perspectives, creativity and entrepreneurial allure. They will also acquire strong teamwork capabilities and ability to cooperate in the EU-China framework for business.

Mobility plays a central role in the programme: PhD students will follow a secondment scheme training them in academic institutions as well as companies, moving from analytics, business, security and privacy as well as between academic research and company based development projects (all PhD students are required to spend at least 50% of their time at non academic institution, mainly at Philips' premises). Mobility periods are foreseen both in European countries and in China (eg. Fudan University, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Philips Research China). Indicative planned secondments for each PhD position are illustrated in the attachment.

The rotation of PhD students among the partners will bring PhD students to learn complementary techniques and methods, which will broaden their perspectives and capabilities, and enhance their career development.

Hiring institutions and PhD Enrollment

ESR1 and ESR4 will be hired by Philips Electronics Nederland B.V. (the Netherlands);

ESR2 and ESR3 will be hired by KU Leuven (Belgium);

ESR5 and ESR6 will be hired by the University of Macerata (Italy).  


PhD Enrollment: ESR1, ESR2, ESR3, ESR4 will be enrolled at the Doctoral School of KU Leuven, while ESR5 and ESR6 will be enrolled at the Doctoral School of the University of Macerata. Tuition fees -where foreseen- will be charged to HEART's budget.

Duration of the employment: expected start date January 2018, duration 36 months. for ESR5-6 (at University of Macerata), and 48 months for ESR1-2-3-4 (at KU Leuven and Philips).




Philips Research is the source of many advanced developments in Healthcare, Lifestyle and Technology. Building on 100 years of experience in industrial research and our world-leading patent position, we are dedicated to bringing meaningful innovations that improve people's lives.

We provide technology options for innovations in the area of health and well-being, targeted at both developed and emerging markets. Positioned at the front-end of the innovation process, we work on everything from spotting trends and ideation to proof of concept and first-of-a-kind product development.

KU Leuven

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is the largest Belgian university (http://www.kuleuven.be/english/) with over 41,000 students and 8,084 researchers (2015). KU Leuven is a breeding ground and attractive destination for the world's best researchers, including Starting and Consolidator ERC Grantees and hundreds of Marie Curie fellows. About 40% of our researchers come from abroad. KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a strong international orientation. KU Leuven is one of the founding members of LERU (League of European Research Universities). KU Leuven is ranked 1st in Reuters' "Europe's Most Innovative Universities" Ranking. The success in the FP7 and Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions is a manifestation of the three pillars of KU Leuven: research, education and service to society. In our 199 Actions, hundreds of young researchers have been trained through research and have acquired the necessary skills to transfer their knowledge into the world outside academia. To strengthen international collaboration, KU Leuven has its own international research fellowship programme and supports international scholars in international funding applications. KU Leuven Research & Development (LRD) is the technology transfer office (TTO) of KU Leuven. Since 1972, LRD acts a multidisciplinary team of experts that guides researchers in their interaction with industry and society and the valorization of their research results to industry and society (e.g. via the >100 established spin off companies).


University of Macerata


The University of Macerata (UNIMC), founded in 1290, is the only university in Italy that focuses exclusively on Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities (SSH). University's motto "Humanism that innovates" illustrates its mission: to contribute to the development of people and society through the added value that social and human sciences bring to the understanding of complex socioeconomic and political issues, according to an interdisciplinary perspective.

UNIMC is member of international and national research networks including: European Consortium for Humanities Institutes and Centres, European Connected Health Alliance, Economic Policy Forum, Chinese Globalization Association, E-living regional cluster on Ambient Intelligence and Ambient Assisted Living.

UNIMC has a good reputation for entrepreneurship programs for young researchers, especially through LUCI and Eureka initiatives. The Humanities Laboratory for Creativity and Innovation (LUCI) is a laboratory opened to SSH post graduate students, PhD and young researchers promoting innovative and entrepreneurial attitude among young people to support the creation of innovative business initiatives SSH-driven. Eureka is a PhD industrial scholarship program co-financed by the University, the local Regional government and companies. Students are trained for half of their time in local firms and half of their time in the academia, both in Italy and abroad. Started in 2012, the program allowed enrolling about 60 PhD candidates.

UNIMC has a strong international reputation for Chinese studies, which are developed through the China Center and the Confucius Institute. Every year, Winter and Summer Schools, as well as international conferences and EU-China Workshops are organized, involving scholars, the business community, PhDs, and local high schools.

For full information please see the call for application at www.heart-itn.eu


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