Information and guidelines for candidates applying for ADVance ESR/ER recruitment
If you plan to apply for a PhD or post-doc tenure in one laboratory of the ADVance consortium, please, read carefully the following information/guidelines:
1: Criteria for eligibility of the researcher(s) To be eligible, each researcher must simultaneously fulfil the following criteria at the time of recruitment by the beneficiary concerned in the frame of this project.
(a) Nationality The researcher may be a national of a Member State of the Union, of an Associated Country or of any other third country.
(b) Mobility At the time of selection by the host organization, the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity in the country of the beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her appointment. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
(c) Qualifications and research experience The researcher must fulfill the requirements associated with one of the following categories:
− Early stage researchers. must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four
years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.
− Experienced researchers must, at the time of the relevant deadline for submission of proposals or recruitment by the host organization, depending on the action, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. In ITN, experienced researchers must also, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.
- The early stage-researcher can be involved under the project to benefit from the initial training activities for duration of at least 3 months up to a maximum of 36 months (full-time equivalent). If the stay will in Sweden the period may be extended to 48 month (according to the local minimum duration of a Phd thesis)
- The experienced researcher can be involved under the project to benefit from the initial training activities for duration of at least 3 months up to a maximum of 24 months (full-time equivalent).
An individual researcher may not be supported as an early stage and experienced researcher within the same Marie Curie Initial Training Network.
The researcher must devote him/herself full-time to his/her initial training activities. Only for duly justified reasons associated with personal or family circumstances, the researcher may be allowed to devote him/herself part-time to his/her initial training activities.
The initial training activities can be split in several stays not exceeding the maximum allowed duration related to each category of researchers and not going beyond the project duration. The duration of each phase shall have significance for the initial training activities and form a coherent part of them or be justified on grounds of family reasons of the researcher.
The initial training activities must consist of activities within a scientific and technological area in the framework of the project. The applicant must choose among the following topics/host laboratories, giving his/her preference to 3 projects/institutions max.
Check the proposed projects in the attached table , contact the scientist in charge of the host laboratory in order to obtain more information on the project, the application procedure and on the remuneration (see below). Download: ADVance Project Table (PDF)
Candidates are strongly recommended to contact the associated partner EASCO (scientist in charge: Mauro MEZZINA: email@example.com) in order to get assistance (suggestions and guidance) in the preparation of their application(s). More information is available in the EASCO website www.easco.org.
Deadline for Applications: March 15th, 2012 - Refer to How to Apply for more details (see below).
4: Selection procedure
(a) Publication of vacancies
The partners are required to publicize internationally the vacancies available in the framework of the project for early stage and experienced researchers to as many potential applicants as possible using all appropriate means of advertising (press, posters, websites, internet, information at conferences, etc.).
(b) Selection criteria The partners must select the researchers, following open, transparent, impartial and equitable selection procedures, on the basis of:
− their scientific skills and the relevance of their research experience with the research area
− their ability to undertake the initial training activities;
− the expected impact of the proposed training on the researchers’ career;
− their conformity with the required criteria for eligibility of the researchers as defined in paragraph 1 above.
(c) Equal opportunities. The partners will endeavour to ensure a fair female representation by promoting genuine equal access opportunities between men and women throughout the selection.
To that end, all partners shall encourage female candidates to apply taking into account the publicity referred to in point a) of this paragraph, and pay particular attention to ensure no gender discrimination in the application of the selection criteria referred to in point b) of this paragraph.
5: Remunerations of selected ESR and ER
The remunerations of the recruited researchers will be according to the Marie Curie fellowships’ scheme of the European Commission.
The remunerations will include full social security scheme which is applied to employed workers in the country in which the researcher is appointed(**). In the case of secondments for short stays in other partner institutions (mentioned above), the social security provision will also cover the researchers during these periods.
(*) The amounts vary according to the living costs country by country.
(**) See http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/social_security_schemes/national_schemes_summaries/index_en.htm for more information country by country.