22 Ph.D. candidates, called early-stage researchers (ESRs) are employed to work under the project titled A2M2TECH(Doctoral Programme in Advanced Materials & Advanced Manufacturing Technologies). The aim of A2M2TECH is to deliver an interdisciplinary, intersectorial and international excellence doctoral training programme in all aspects of advanced manufacturing and advanced materials, with a major focus on additive manufacturing and related technologies. The programme brings together various strong laboratories and research centers in order to run a collaborative Ph.D. program in the fields of Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies.

The programme is led by Gazi University (GU) in Turkey and coordinated through the Additive Manufacturing Technologies Application and Research Center (EKTAM), a National Center of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing. In addition to GU, there are 3 other reputable Turkish universities as Partner Organizations namely; Middle East Technical University (METU), Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and Izmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH). All universities as part of the Programme have cutting-edge technologies and have modern working environment with a view to enhancing the performance of the ESRs. Recruited ESR fellows under A2M2TECH will be primarily supervised and assessed by the Ph.D supervisors at their host institutions, who will be responsible for the assessment of their duties with respect to the planned activities. The programme, cofounded by European Commission and The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK), provides excellent career perspectives in the area of additive manufacturing through the integration of multidisciplinary research and training in academia and industry. Recruited 22 ESRs will be provided with the opportunity to carry out research activities under secondments in several national & international host institutions with a particular focus on the inter-sectoral University-Industry collaboration. All candidates will have secondment experience in international institutions as follows: FIT Additive Manufacturing Group (GERMANY), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) (SPAIN), University of Southern Denmark (SDU) (DENMARK), Tusaş Aerospace Industries (TAI) (TURKEY), Ermaksan Innovative Technologies (ERMAKSAN) (TURKEY) and TeknoHAB (TURKEY). ESRs will be participating to summer school training activities each year at different organizations in different countries as part of secondments.

Through this programme, ESRs have the opportunity to grow academically and also build their career in industry at the same time. ESRs are also a part of a wide range of scientific networking of the hosting top research organizations/universities and research centers.

ESRs have the chance to complete their Ph.D. in top research Universities in Turkey. In addition to that, they will also be working in organizations and techno-parks equipped with cutting edge technology in the field of advanced materials and advanced manufacturing. Moreover, the programme is designed to enhance their experience by including summer schools in and outside Turkey and also hands-on activities in real world/industry.