Nanotechnology/Nanostructured materials:  Early-Stage Researchers for Marie Curie ITN MANANO

We are searching for 9 strongly motivated researchers at the Early-Stage Researcher (PhD student) level to undertake research and receive training in nanostructured materials and nanotechnology.

MANANO will provide the 9 Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) with: (i) state-of-the-art concepts and leading-edge research techniques for the study of nanostructured materials; (ii) the opportunity to study for a higher research degree; (iii) complementary management skills to enhance your career progression; (iv) solid professional collaboration with and secondment to private industry.

Candidates will need to be able to start work in October 2011 or before.


Nanotechnology and nanostructured materials is expected to be one of the most promising areas of technological development and amongst the most likely to deliver major economic and societal benefits to the EU in the 21st century. It is a time of rapid advance of these technologies, which can organize materials at the nanoscale and tailor their properties. MANANO is a network of universities, research institutes and private companies from 8 EU countries. The beneficiary organizations are from the UK, Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal. The individual research projects are on interlayers for solar cells, polymer hybrids, conductive graphene nanocomposites, electron-tomographic characterization of  nanostructured materials, nanostructured polymers for coating applications, lithium ion batteries based on nanomaterials, sol-gel nanomaterials for energy-saving systems, nano-elastomer toughened thermosets, and aerogel nanostructured flexible materials for thermal insulation in space. 

Project titles and contact details are given under Project Titles  Please apply directly to the contact for the individual project of interest.

Research Fields

Materials, Chemical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.


Career Stage

Early-Stage Researcher. Less than 4 years research experience.



Full-time employment for 36 months with a competitive Marie Curie salary. Salary includes full social security, living expenses (36700 €/year gross averaged over the 3 years and to be corrected according to the cost of living in the host country), contribution to family-related expenses (500-800 €/month), travel allowance (roughly 1000€/year depending on how far the ESR’s home is from the host organization) and a career-exploratory allowance of 2000€ over the 3-year project. Excellent networking and training opportunities, including participation in network workshops, secondments at other network partner organizations and attendance at conferences.




1. Less than 12 months over last three years spent in country of the recruiting or host organization .

2. The candidate must not have a PhD.

3. Good honours degree, Masters degree or equivalent in relevant field.

4. Excellent written and spoken English.

5. Less than 4 years experience of research (measured from the date when you obtained the degree that would entitle them to embark on PhD studies, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged).


Further information and the full terms and conditions regarding eligibility can be found at the link: