We are pleased to offer eight PhD positions in the European project MORE.

MORE is educating Europe’s Future Engineers in Next Generation Heavy Duty Machinery: AI driven Robotisation, Energy Efficiency and Process Optimisation.

Ever-increasing demand for material and food, stricter emissions regulations, and continuous globalisation has put Europe’s construction, logistics, and agriculture sectors under immense pressure. Dramatic improvements in their productivity and efficiency are the only answers to these global challenges. Heavy-duty mobile (HDM) machinery are crucial workhorses in these sectors. Europe’s major HDM equipment companies (John Deere, Liebherr, Bosch Rexroth, HIAB, Novatron, Volvo CE) have joined forces with four highly specialised academic groups to deliver MORE, a timely project in response to these urgent needs.  

We will address these challenges by delivering innovative solutions driven by digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in three areas: 1) Processes: construction business and processes; environment modelling and optimising material flow in construction sites, 2) Machines: creating efficient power-train solutions for heavy-duty booms and 3) Control: object classification and environment modelling to support long-term autonomy; obstacle avoidance in adverse conditions; innovative solutions on transfer-learning for earth moving and boom control to reduce operational and development costs, in different application areas. 

MORE is an innovative European Industrial Doctorate (EID) research and training programme funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the first of its kind that will address this need and fill the gap in related research and training. Eight PhD students will be equipped with a set of research skills including robotics, machine learning, energy systems, as well as transferable skills such as entrepreneurship and career management. MORE is a strong collaboration between academia and industry, ESRs will spend a majority of their doctorate (75%) recruited by industrial partners. 

The project is offering an innovative research environment, international mobility (Finland, Sweden, Austria, Germany) and a network with high-profile academic and industry partners. Our aim is to recruit excellent researchers who have the ambition to become the next research leaders and innovators in the area. Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to check the list of 8 offered positions, choose the ones (maximum 2 positions) that are the most interesting and challenging, and apply! 

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions and involved organizations at a glance

Process work package:

Machine work package:

Control work package:

  • ESR 5Robust all-weather environment 3D perception and obstacle avoidance.
     Örebro University, Sweden; John Deere Forestry Oy, Finland; GIM Oy, Finland
    For more information on the position, click here
  • ESR 6Automated bucket filling for wheel loaders using machine learning techniques.
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany; John Deere Forestry Oy, Finland; Liebherr-Werk Bischofshofen GmbH, Austria.
    For more information on the position, click here
  • ESR 7Mapping, localization, dynamic object and obstacle detection & avoidance in rough 3D terrain for safe & energy efficient operations.
    Tampere University, Finland; Cargotec Corporation HIAB AB, Sweden; Volvo Construction Equipment AB, Sweden
    For more information on the position, click here
  • ESR 8: Transfer learning for safe motion control of a heavy duty under-actuated crane in the presence of obstacles.
    Tampere University, Finland; Cargotec Corporation HIAB AB, Sweden; Volvo Construction Equipment AB, Sweden
    For more information on the position, click here

MORE consortium reserves the right for possible changes in the planned secondments. The secondment plan will be defined after the recruitment process has been finalized and all the positions have been filled.


ESR shall at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of his/her first employer (see each of the positions) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment.

Proficiency in written/spoken English is mandatory. In certain cases, we may ask for a language certificate.

General details of the positions

The positions will be filled on full-time basis for a period of three years (36 months) and the commencement date will be January 2020 or as mutually agreed.

Approximate gross salary will be 3600 EUR / month. ESRs will receive a Living Allowance and a Mobility allowance (i.e., gross salary) in accordance with H2020 MSCA rules. ESRs who have a family at the beginning of their employment will also receive a family allowance, also according to H2020 MSCA rules. The salaries are adjusted to the living costs in the countries of each of the participant units, according to H2020 MSCA rules.

Additional benefits: participation to network events, conferences, and workshops, acquiring industrial expertise during the industrial secondment, business and hands-on training.

Selection process

MORE selection of candidates will be based on a clear, transparent, and open-competition recruitment process. After the initial eligibility screening, the MORE recruitment team will preselect candidates based on their grades and relevance of their BSc and MSc degrees, list of publications (if any), work experience, positive attitude, capability of work in a team, references, language skills, and motivation. 

The most promising candidates are invited to one or several interviews via teleconference or in person. Candidates will be interviewed jointly or successively by the supervisors from the consortium and their level of English language skills might be formally tested. At the end of the evaluation process, the recruitment team will decide
which candidates to select for each project, taking into account the candidates’ preferences and potential.

How to apply

Please submit your application through our online recruitment system. The closing date for applications is 13 November 2019 (23:59 EET / 21:59 UTC). Please write your application and all the accompanying documentation in English and attach them in PDF format.

Apply here.

Please attach the following documents to your application:

  • Certified copies of the bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates with the Diploma Supplement (DS) as approved by the EU Commission for degrees completed in European universities (when applicable)Official translations into English (if the original documents are in a language other than English)
  • Curriculum Vitae/CV (preferably in Europass format): including the contact details of 2 or more referees
  • List of publications (if any): your contributions in the publication
  • Motivation letter: maximum 1 page where you introduce yourself and present your qualifications; you may include also your previous research fields and main research results. Please emphasize your future goals career-wise
  • Copy of the ID page of your passport 
  • Proof of residence: Statement and certificates/documents demonstrating your residence(s) in the last 4 years. Template available here.

For more information, please contact:
Associate Prof. Reza Ghabcheloo. Email:

If you have any queries regarding the submission of your application, please contact Salla Kotakorva.