Call for applications. ESSENTIAL PhD Program in Intelligence and National Security and Security Science, 8th of February – 20th of March

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”Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy, accredited as an Institution Organizing Doctoral Studies (IOSUD) through the Order of the Ministry of Education, Scientific Research, Youth and Sport no. 667/28.03.2007, organizes, on 8th of February – 20th of March, a special session of admission to the Joint Doctoral Studies program in the scientific field of ”Intelligence and National Security” and “Security Science”. This program is organized within the ESSENTIAL project (Evolving Security SciencE through Networked Technologies, Information policy And Law), funded as part of the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN-EJD grants. 

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“Mihai Viteazul” National Intelligence Academy (MVNIA) is a higher education military institution, part of the Romanian Intelligence Service. Its mission is to provide training programs for intelligence officers and conduct research in the field of intelligence and security studies. The research branch of the Academy is the National Institute for Intelligence Studies (INSI), organized on the following research lines: intelligence studies and security studies. INSI employs a multidisciplinary approach to address research topics such as: security policies, the evolution of risks and threats to Romanian and European security, the role of intelligence organizations in democratic societies, intelligence analysis, cyber-intelligence, OSINT, intelligence cooperation, early warning indicators and crisis management.


The ESSENTIAL Project: though security is a field of study capable of diverse applications in daily life, security science is a young discipline requiring larger inter-disciplinary effort. ESSENTIAL seeks to develop security science by addressing two of its main problems: the ad-hoc approach to security research and the growing complexity of the security environment. To do so, ESSENTIAL has set itself two main goals: a) to train inter-disciplinary security experts and professionals to tackle security threats in a systematic manner and b) to increase societal resilience and security by addressing in an interdisciplinary manner 15 research topics, each associated with long-standing problems in the field of security science ranging from modeling security perception and democratizing intelligence to improving security and privacy in data ecosystems. ESSENTIAL will be the first program of its kind that aims to jointly educate the next generation of interdisciplinary experts in security science, by uniquely exposing the 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to: (1) theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in such areas as: (a) the policing and regulation of information-security technology, and (b) the implementation of policies and legal standards within computing and communication systems; (2) real-world environments in law enforcement, intelligence and industry; (3) strong academic guidance offered by highly qualified supervisors and mentors; (4) high tech research infrastructures; and (5) a diversity of interdisciplinary research events, such as workshops, conferences, summer/winter schools. The ESSENTIAL consortium is built upon long-lasting cooperation relations among leading organizations coming from academia, international and national stakeholders and the private sector, many of whom have over 25 years of experience in contributing directly to national, European and UN technology-related policy making.


3 PhD positions, in the following fields:

  1. The Impact of New Technological Advancements on Security Behaviours

Further information about the research project can be obtained in writing from Professor dr. Marian Sebe, at

  1. Multi-media Content Including Image Analysis and Visual Identification of People in Crowded Spaces

Further information about the research project can be obtained in writing from Professor dr. Irena Chiru, at

  1. Reconciling Open Source with Fundamental Rights of Citizens

Further information about the research project can be obtained in writing from Professor dr. Irena Chiru, at


Registration of candidates8th of February – 20th of March
InterviewsWeek of 20 of March 2017
Duration of program36 months

Late applications will not be considered.




Registration will be open between the 8th of February – 20th of March 2017.

Please send all the required documents to the following e-mail address:


Institutional requirementsMarie Curie grant rules
PhD eligibility criteria according to the national legal national framework:


–          Bachelor degree or equivalent

–          Master degree or equivalent

·        The candidate must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Romania for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project (short stays such as holidays are not counted).


·         At the time of recruitment, the candidate must not have been awarded a doctorate degree yet and must be in the first 4 years of the research career.

·         The candidate may be of any nationality.

·         The candidate must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.

·         The candidate must fulfill the conditions to be admitted in the PhD program indicated in the Job Vacancy.


  • Motivation letter (500 words);
  • Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and the names and contact information of 2 referees;
  • Copies of academic certificates and transcripts;
  • A brief research proposal addressing the topic of the research project (500-1000 words);
  • English proficiency results if applicable;
  • Copy of your ID (passport);
  • Birth certificate – copy and authorized translation into Romanian language;
  • Copy of the document that attests your residence;
  • Application for a Letter of Acceptance to studies in Romania;
  • Copy and authorized translation into Romanian language of your High school diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation into Romanian language of your Bachelor degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Copy and authorized translation into Romanian language of your Master degree diploma or its equivalent, authenticated by the competent authorities of the issuing country;
  • Transcripts – copies and authorized translations into Romanian language, related to the studies you have already completed (High school, BA/MA degrees);
  • Language certificate;
  • Medical certificate (translated in English) which proves that the person applying for the position does not suffer from any contagious diseases, or other illnesses incompatible with the future profession.
  • Candidates who have completed their Bachelor and/or Master degree in an institution where English is not the language of instruction need to present one of the following Secure English Language Test (SELT) results as follows:
    • TOEFL Internet-Based (iBT) – minimum 95 with a writing score of at least 24
    • Academic IELTS – minimum 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each element
    • Advanced Cambridge Certificate at grade C or better.

The language certificate must not be more than 24 months old.

Note that the selection and supervision committee will consist in the following members:

The successful candidate is expected to work forty hours per week for a definite period of three years. The posts carry a salary of EUR 25.489,56 per year. Note that this rate does not include the health insurance contribution, which the successful candidate is expected to pay monthly in Romania, according to the EU provisions in health insurance system for EU and non-EU citizens. Mobility allowance is EUR 7,200 per year per researcher. Family allowance (where applicable at the time of recruitment) is EUR 3,000 per year per researcher (all amounts stated are before taxation).

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