PhD openings at UC3M

The Aircraft Operations Lab of the Carlos III University of Madrid (, Spain, is looking for candidates to fill 2 PhD vacancies:

  • Ref. AERO-PhD-22-01-AI-Climate. Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change with application to aviation.
  • Ref. AERO-PhD-22-02-AI-Weather. Artificial Intelligence and Meteorology with application to aviation.

The successful candidates will join the Aircraft Operations Lab, within the Aero Research Group, to work with Prof. Manuel Soler and Prof. Javier García-Heras.

The duties of the new group members include:

  • To develop different tasks in the recently granted National Projects STORM-ATS and Intelmet-PoC, all of them fully aligned with the PhD thesis topics.
  • Access to the Spanish FPI scholarship (granted together with the project STORM-ATS).
  • To teach laboratory/exercises classes and supervise student projects within UC3M Bachelor and master’s degrees in Aeronautical and Space Engineering. Teaching workload (if any) would be in any case low. Information on these two degrees, exclusively taught in English, is available at
  • To contribute establishing a strong and internationally competitive scientific research program.

The desired skills are:

  • Outstanding academic record.
  • Young MSc holder (or MSc student with 60 ECTS passed at contract’s signature) with background in Aerospace Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Control Engineering, Applied Mathematics & Statistics, Optimization, Computer Science, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Environmental Sciences & Climate Change, Meteorology. Also, candidates with tracks in other disciplines but outstanding academic record are invited to apply.
  • Ability to deal independently with scientific and engineering challenges, mainly in innovative, interdisciplinary technologies.
  • International experience, teamwork and communications skills.

The contractual conditions are:

  • 4-year contract with a gross annual salary of 22.000-24.000€ (salary supplements may be granted by internal UC3M calls)
  • Become part of a young, dynamic, highly qualified, collaborative team.
  • Flexible working environment and schedule
  • Opportunity to travel to international conferences (Europe and oversees) and present research activities, including research stays in top universities
  • Laptop and health coverage under the Spanish National Health System

How to apply: 

Interested candidates must send their applications to indicating in the e-mail subject the reference code (i.e. Ref. AERO-PhD-22-XX-YYY) of the preferred position (it may be both), including:

  • CV (max. 4 pages).
  • Motivation letter of experience, interests and future goals (max. 1 page)
  • Contact information for two professional references.

Submission of applications is due to January 26th (however, early applications are strongly encouraged). Position is expected to be completed in March 2023 and contract is to begin in May/June 2023 (but it could be earlier/later if agreed).

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