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Frequently Asked Questions

Are the PhDs fully funded?

Yes! OpenDoTT researchers will be employed in a salaried post by the University of Dundee. They will also receive a monthly mobility allowance to cover costs incurred by living abroad and an additional family allowance is available where relevant.

Full details will be available once applications open.

Who is eligible for funding?

Eligibility for the programme is determined by mobility and experience:

Experience: At the date of recruitment, you must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent) of research career and not have a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained, or in the UK).

Mobility: You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before your recruitment date. Holidays are not counted. Note that the mobility rule is related to your residence and not to your nationality.

You may be required to provide documentation proving your eligibility.

If you have a question about eligibility, please contact us.

What topics are available to study?

Four of the researchers will explore IoT at different scales, with a fifth cutting across the four scales. The project areas are:

  • Wearables and the Self
  • Smart Homes
  • Communities and Neighbourhoods
  • Smart Cities
  • A Trusted Label for IoT

These topics provide a starting point for each PhD, and we expect that each researcher will develop the topic based on their own interests

What type of person are you looking for?

We are open to applicants with any relevant background, including design, technology and internet advocacy. We believe in interdisciplinarity and will consider applicants who are able to bring different experiences to the project.

What qualifications are required?

University of Dundee requires PhD students to hold a Bachelors Degree (2:1 equivalent or higher), or ideally a Masters Degree. Equivalent experience may be considered.

When will applications open and what is the recruitment timeline?

How long is the funding for?

The posts are funded for three years.

Where will the PhDs be based?

The first 12 months will be based at the University of Dundee in the UK.

The next 18 months will be based at Mozilla in Berlin, Germany.

In the final 6 months, researchers will return to Dundee to complete their PhD thesis.

Can I study remotely?

No. It is a requirement of the MSCA funding that you are hosted at the University of Dundee and Mozilla Berlin.