The wide range of applications covered by theoretical chemistry and computational modelling (TCCM) makes it an intrinsically interdisciplinary field, and therefore the formation of competent researchers cannot be accomplished by a single Institution, which individually can offer only a very limited number of potential applications.
This Joint Doctoral Programme (JDP) offers:
1) Participation in a Europe-wide training environment, instead of the common and extremely limited local training environment. The goal is to enhance a collaborative framework for research, to be achieved through the development of a Ph. D. thesis based on a unique research project, in which three leading European Institutions participate guaranteeing its quality and competitiveness.
2) A fully coordinated follow-up of the training and the research activity of the doctoral candidates through an Academic Committee (AC), formed by specialists is the most relevant research lines of the JDP, namely electronic structure theory, molecular dynamics, materials and surfaces, and biochemical systems.
3) Contact with non-academic Associated Partners (supercomputing centers and industries in which modelling is a fundamental activity), which may participate in the research projects and/or formative activities, opening the possibility for succesful Doctoral candidates to develop their professional career outside academia.
4) A unique research environment. The size and the composition of TCCM-JD consortium allow to provide a broad spectrum of Thesis topics (from methodology development to applications, from small isolated systems to large biochemical entities and functional materials) and a multi-scale approach to specific scientific problems (analysis from the molecular level almost to the macroscopic domain)
5) A multicultural and multilingual training. At least three European countries will be visited, and candidates shall learn at least a second European language, apart from English.
6) A significant mobility, which will improve cultural, social and scientific skills, and is enhanced by the contact with both academic and non-academic institutions, as industries, HPC and HTC centers (HPC Europa, BSC, HLRS, IGI, CESCA, SARA, ...) or European associations (ECTNA, CECAM), among others.
7) A rather wide training. Besides to the scientific knowledge, TCCM-JD program pays particular attention to transferable skills (language, project management, reporting, communication, transfer of knowledge,…)
8) Excellence and competitivenes, through the joint monitoring of the researchers involved by top level European scientists in TCCM, non-academic representatives and external invited experts.