We are seeking applications to join our PhD programme starting in September 2020

At this point, we are seeking to fill two specific vacancies at the Institute of Data Science, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Jena Germany and one at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, UK.

Our programme offers a unique opportunity to learn cutting edge machine learning techniques and climate science and apply them to the topic of aerosol-cloud interactions, one of the most pressing questions in climate research. We offer a comprehensive training programme, including annual summer schools, inter-disciplinary co-supervision and industrial secondments across Europe. Marie Curie ITNs provide a highly competitive salary to the ESR, including a generous monthly living and mobility allowance and (if eligible) a monthly family allowance.

iMIRACLI is fully committed to gender equality and the advancement of women’s careers in science. As part of our commitment to an open, transparent, impartial and equitable recruitment procedure, we strongly encourage applications from all who consider they meet the requirements of the programme, and particularly from women, who are often under-represented in academia. 

Applicant Profile

We are looking for outstanding candidates with strong interests (but not necessarily prior knowledge) in climate and data science with a strong grades from their first degree as well as a demonstrated drive and aptitude for research. This ambitious training programme will be intense and requires a quantitative background. 

Therefore, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve the equivalent of the following qualifiations: a strong Masters or equivalent degree in atmospheric physics, meteorology, physics, mathematics, statistics, datascience, machine learning, computer science, engineering or related subjects. 

To follow the training programme and being able to publish, applicants require proficiency in English at university level (see FAQ).

The final decission is taken on the basis of the candidates' scientific skills, the relevance of their research experience, the impact of the proposed training on their career, and ensuring a fair gender representation. 


These EU funded Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network projects come with strict conditions in order to ensure the maximum benefit for everyone. All applications must:

  • Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: At the time of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded. Researchers can be of any nationality.
  • All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs). A ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. The four years start to count from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate.
  • For all recruitment, the eligibility and mobility of the researcher will be determined at the time of their (first) recruitment in the project. The status of the researcher will not evolve over the life-time of a contract.

Please ensure you are happy to relocate and meet these criteria before applying.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to provide the following by the project application deadline:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts
  • Three reference letters, one of whom should be from a recent academic supervisor
  • Letter outlining your motivation, skills and fit for the programme (no more than 2 pages)

Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted by the respective supervisors and approved by the iMIRACLI Training Board. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via videoconferencing by local selection panels, in agreement with the selection rules of the respective Universities that also issue the formal academic offers. Please apply through the individual project links below.

Frequently asked questions

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No, the mobility rules for EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITNs mean that you must choose a project in a country you have not lived in for more than 12 months in the last three years.

The allowances for ITN researchers are as follows: 

Living allowance: this is the basic, gross amount that you should receive in monthly instalments before taxation and compulsory deductions and is EUR 3 270 per month. To ensure equal treatment and purchasing power parity, this amount is then adjusted through the application of a correction coefficient based on the country in which you have been recruited. Fellows recruited in higher cost countries therefore receive a higher gross living allowance than those recruited in lower cost countries. The coefficients applied are indicated in the corresponding MSCA Work Programme and in the grant agreement. Note that each coefficient applies to the whole country in question, even if the cost of living may differ between cities or regions within that country.

Mobility Allowance: This is a monthly amount of EUR 600 is an addition to the living allowance and should normally be paid at the same time. It is intended to cover the costs associated with the fact that you have moved to a different country in order to take up your position. However, this amount is not related to whether you are travelling to/from your home country or not. Furthermore, it is for your private use, therefore it is not meant to cover any expenses related to the project (such as travel costs for a conference).

Family Allowance: Should you have a family at the time of your recruitment, you are entitled to an additional "family allowance" of EUR 500 per month. For the purposes of the MSCA, family is defined as "persons linked to the researcher by marriage (or a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised) or dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher". Note that your family status is determined at the time of your recruitment and remains fixed during the lifetime of the project.



Information note for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellows in Innovative Training Networks

Unfortunately we are unable to defer applications as the funding has strict start and end dates.

The iMIRACLI training programme requires proficiency in English at a university level. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence that you meet this requirement, with exact requiremets set by each host university. 

For example, for the University of Oxford, the minimum English lanaguge test scores required to meet the University's standard level are, with the test taken no more than two years before the start date of your course:


ELTS Academic  7.0 Minimum 6.5 per component

Minimum component scores:

  • Listening: 22
  • Reading: 24
  • Speaking: 25
  • Writing: 24
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or C1 Advanced 185 Minimum 176 per component
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or C2 Proficiency 185 Minimum 176 per component


Shortlisted candiates will be notified during February 2020 and invited to and invited to apply to their preferred projects at the respective host institutions.

Formal offers will be made during March 2020. 

Yes, please feel free to contact any supervisor to discuss projects. You will find their contact details on the 'people' section of the website.

Yes, entirely. iMIRACLI is open to all applicants who match the applicant profile and eligibility criteria outlined above.