Skills and Eligibility

  • Supported researchers must be Doctoral Candidates (DC), i.e., not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment. 
  • The DC must hold a Master Degree (or equivalent) in one of the following topics, or related topics: physics, engineering, computer sciences, mathematics, chemistry, biotechnology, biology, medicine. 
  • The Master Degree must be awarder at the date of the start of the fellowship (which is some months after the application deadline). 
  • Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will not be considered eligible. 
  • Applicants can be of any nationality and must comply with the following mobility rule: they must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before their recruitment date. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. 
  • English language: Candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. 

Selection process

Our selection procedure is open, transparent, merit-based and in line with the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. 

Candidates should submit the following documents as one single PDF file for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference: 

  • Résumé or CV.
  • Copies of the applicant’s academic degree certificates/diplomas, and copies of certificates/diplomas relating to the applicant’s language proficiency, if not indicated in the academic degree certificates/diplomas. 
  • A motivation letter (max 2 pages). 

The motivation letter should indicate 2 or more previous mentors or collaborators.  

We will choose the candidates that fit the most in the different projects in the following steps: 

  • Eligibility check: our recruitment committee will check that each application is complete and that applicants fulfil the eligibility criteria described in the previous section. 
  • Remote Evaluation: each eligible application will be assessed independently by the principal investigators of our network according to the project interests indicated by the applicants. The principal investigators will select up to four candidates per position to pass through to the following stage. 
  • Online interviews: short-listed candidates will be invited for online interviews with the recruitment committee. Those who have been positively evaluated but not initially called for interviews will be put on a reserve list. Short- listed candidates will be interviewed by their potential supervisor (i.e. the supervisor responsible for the research project of interest), two additional members of the network, and a member of the recruitment committee. 
  • Notification of the selection outcomes: our recruitment committee will notify candidates of the outcome. 

Applicants who have not been successful but who have received a positive evaluation will be put on a waiting list to cover possible renunciations and future positions. 


Recruiting calendar

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Project manager: Giorgia Lancerotti 

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