Now recruiting PhD Students

The network will comprise 12 PhD students from 10 European Universities.


The PhD students will become members of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Network SOFTWEAR. The network will comprise 12 PhD students from 10 European Universities. SOFTWEAR is a highly interdisciplinary Doctoral Network in the emerging and rapidly growing field of wearables, with a unique focus on soft actuators for wearables and exoskeletons. The primary objective of SOFTWEAR is to train young researchers in the multidisciplinary science of soft actuators for integration in wearables and augmenting textiles. This will be achieved by merging chemistry, physics, mechanics, electronics, textile technology, design, human-technology interaction and ethics in a truly interdisciplinary manner, while teaching essential skills in ethics, product development, IPR and industrial realisation, thus providing a unique added value to the careers of the Researchers. This will be accomplished by on-the-job training on innovative research projects developing beyond-the-state-of-the-art soft actuator technology and integrating this into active garments and soft exoskeletons. The research will be carried out at leading academic groups and by immersion in applied projects at the industrial partners. The position will require traveling to participate in Training Schools and secondments of several months to academic and industrial associated partners.  

SOFTWEAR Doctoral Network comes with a number of benefits: 

  • A thorough scientific education in the frame of a doctoral training program. 
  • The possibility to participate in specific international courses, workshops, and conferences. 
  • A strong involvement in a European research project with high international visibility. 
  • The possibility to perform research visits to internationally renowned research labs in Europe. 
  • Obtaining an interdisciplinary and intersectorial (academic/industry) experience  
  • A prestigious three-year MSCA Fellowship. 
  • A competitive salary including mobility and family allowances. 


  • No previous doctoral degree. 
  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their date of recruitment 

Equal opportunities 

We welcome applicants with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives – diversity enriches our work and helps us grow. Preserving everybody’s equal value, rights and opportunities is a natural part of who we are.


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