T R e S P A s S - ETN

TRaining in Secure and PrivAcy-preserving biometricS
Early Training Networks

14 PhD positions in the 

Would you like to contribute a new disruptive technology in the field of biometrics?
Are you interested in design new secure and privacy preserving biometrics technologies in compliance with the European regulations?
e.g. GDPR, ‘Police’ Directive.

The TReSPAsS-ETN training network will create a cohort of early stage researchers, talented European innovators in both industrial and research positions, and will meet the needs of the growing European biometrics industry.

14 vancancies
attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations
36 months PhD funding covered by the training network
deadline for applications 
30 June 2020 
(or until positions are filled)

please, read the following guidelines carefully before submitting your application


application (no longer available)

All applications MUST proceed through the links provided in the ESR descriptions page (some are yet to be updated).
In addition, please also FILL OUT the application form.
Candidates can apply to one or more ESR positions, indicating their order of preference.

Requested application details include:
1. a detailed Curriculum Vitae,
2. motivation letter of two pages also presenting the perspectives of research and education,
3. names and addresses of three references (preferably one from your final year project supervisor). 

Candidates will be evaluated and interviewed by the Recruitment Committee.

Pre-selected candidates will be invited to the Recruitment event in Darmstadt (DE) at the end of May 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recruitment event is cancelled.



1. Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which 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, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.
2. International mobility: ESRs are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e., move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their hiring organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.
For instance, a researcher who has resided in France for 15 months in the last three years cannot apply to any of the three PhD positions in France, but can apply to the any of the other 12 PhD positions. Compulsory national service and short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.
3. English language proficiency: ESRs must demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English. This is mandatory for the ESRs to take full advantage of the training program. 



The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in engineering, mathematics, computing, physics or a related relevant discipline. You will have strong mathematical, programming and communication skills and be highly motivated to undertake challenging research. Good English language speaking and writing skills are essential.


key dates

15 February 2020: launch of 14 PhD positions (Early-Stage Researchers - ESRs)
31 March 2020 extended to 30 June 2020: deadline for on-line applications (or as soon as the positions are filled)
25-28 May 2020: recruitment event in Darmstadt (DE) --> Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recruitment event is cancelled
June 2020: target starting date for ESR contracts

Data Protection Information 

Regarding the privacy and data protection of your personal data we would like to inform you that your application and personal information sent to the EURAXESS job portal, the TReSPAsS-ETN website and/or the individual recruiting TReSPAsS-ETN members will be processed (i) by the European Commission, within the modalities specified under its EURAXESS Privacy Statement ; and (ii) by all or some TReSPAsS-ETN project members (so-called beneficiaries and partners). For the TReSPAsS-ETN members, your application data and personal information you provide during the recruiting process, will be shared with and processed by EURECOM (the TReSPAsS-ETN coordinator), Campus SophiaTech, 450 Route des Chappes, 06410 Biot, France, as well as all or some TReSPAsS-ETN members (as listed and with contact details on this TReSPAsS-ETN website above). The TReSPAsS-ETN Coordinator and the TReSPAsS-ETN members will process your personal data and act as joint controllers, for purposes of (i) considering your application and possible selection, (ii) recruitment and hiring for the present and other or future national or international research projects. The processing basis is the necessity for recruitment, (pre-) contractual discussions and preparations and the legitimate interest of the TReSPAsS-ETN members to review, compare and select candidates for TReSPAsS-ETN and possibly other research projects, if any. Your personal data will be kept for until 1 year after the end of the TReSPAsS-ETN project. You have data access, rectification, erasure, restriction, objection and portability rights subject to the applicable data protection legislations. For questions, the request to delete your data in case of non-recruitment, and the exercise of your other rights and more data protection information, you can contact either Massimiliano Todisco [name . surname @ eurecom . fr] or the respective TReSPAsS-ETN members' data protection officers.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 860813 - TReSPAsS-ETN


Massimiliano Todisco
Nicholas Evans
name . surname @ eurecom . fr

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