University College Dublin, ENCODE Doctoral Network, and
ENCODE Consortium

Position ID: 3129-DC [#21839]
Position Title: Doctoral Candidate
Position Type: Fellowship or award
Position Location: various locations
Subject Area: Mathematics
Starting Date: 2023/09/01
Application Deadline: 2023/04/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/12/16, finished 2023/10/21, listed until 2023/06/14)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The ENCODE Doctoral Network is inviting applications to fill 8 PhD positions within a European international structured doctoral programme. Successful candidates will receive an innovative training in mathematical aspects of coding theory and its applications.

See the European Commission fact-sheet for ENCODE.

Job Description

In addition to the recruiting institution, each fellowship is associated with an academic secondment to another partner institution and to a secondment with an industry partner.

Each position comes with a 3-year fellowship offering excellent living allowance with benefits in accordance with the Horizon Europe MSCA regulations for PhD students. The expected commencement date is September 2023.

ENCODE fellows will pursue core research, participate in training modules and activities and are expected to fully engage with Open Science principles.

The current PhD project offerings are listed below, along with their recruiting institutions.
  1. [PhD1] Leakage of secret sharing schemes (Inst. Nat. de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA), France)
  2. [PhD2] Schur products of codes and additive combinatorics (Inst. Nat. de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA), France)
  3. [PhD3] Secure distributed multilinear computation (Aalto University, Finland)
  4. [PhD4] Privacy of information in distributed systems (Aalto University, Finland)
  5. [PhD5] Tensor representation of matrix codes (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  6. [PhD6] Invariants and code equivalence (University College Dublin, Ireland)
  7. [PhD7] Submodules and matrix codes for physical layer network coding (Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  8. [PhD8] Algebraic and combinatorial invariants of sum-rank metric codes (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
Further details on projects can be read at the ENCODE website (


  • Each fellow will have a full-time contract with the recruiting institution, enrolled in a PhD programme leading to a doctoral degree.
  • Fellows are offered an excellent living allowance, a mobility allowance and may be entitled to a further family allowance, in accordance with MSCA regulations for doctoral candidates.
  • Fellows will be enrolled in a structured, international doctoral network, including joint supervision from two academic institutions.
  • Fellows will spend an internship period with an industry partner.
  • Doctoral candidates will be trained in an international, interdisciplinary, intersectoral environment through state-of-the-art research and a bespoke training programme.
  • ENCODE is committed to promoting inclusiveness, equality and open science practices.

Academic Criteria

  • Fellows must demonstrate an excellent academic record.
  • Each candidate should have completed an masters degree (or equivalent) with a high mathematical content before the recruitment date (expected to be September 2023).
  • Previous background in algebra, discrete mathematics, or coding theory is highly desirable.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Fellows can be of any nationality.
  • Mobility Rule: Hired candidates must not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host recruiting organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment
  • Research Stage Rule: Fellows should not have obtained a PhD degree and should not have more than 4 year full-time or equivalent research experience. These posts are for early-stage researchers.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good proficiency in English language to be eligible (e.g. a minimum score of 90 is required in the Internet based TOEFL (iBT) with no less than 21 in writing and at least 19 in every other section).
  • Offers to candidate are on condition that the fellow additionally meets the requirements of the recruiting institution to which they would be enrolled.


Applicants should submit:
  1. Transcripts of degree results;
  2. English language proficiency certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Exams, etc.);
  3. A curriculum vitae (2 pages), which should include any academic achievements and list two academic referees;
  4. A description of their masters dissertation (1 page);
  5. A cover letter (2 pages), which should include:
    • an outline of their motivation for joining the doctoral network,
    • their preferred choice of PhD projects (see above, a maximum of 3 projects, ranked 1-3),
    • a statement confirming their eligibility for the programme (including mobility and research).
Applicants should submit contact details of two referees as part of the standard application procedure for, Referees will then be invited to submit letters directly to
Letters and should be uploaded on or before March 15 2023, however ENCODE will continue to consider applications until all positions have been filled.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
email address
O'Brien Centre for Science,
University College Dublin,
Dublin 4.