Deadline for application: Continuous
We look for Doctoral Candidates with a master degree in a relevant discipline (life/technical sciences) interested in combining clinical, experimental and technical research. The recruitment process comprises three stages:
- Candidates apply for a position using the online application form.The candidate submits a CV preferably using the Europass template. The DIALECT Project Manager provides a first screen of the written applications to check eligibility of the candidate, and forwards the eligible applications to the principal investigator and local recruitment committee (LRC) of the host institution of the project. The LRC will screen the applications. The recruitment committee (RC, see below) advises beneficiaries and the doctoral candidate who applied for a specific position, in case another or more suitable position within DIALECT is available.
- Online interviews will take place with a preselected long-list of candidates by the LRC.
- Online interviews and presentations will take place with short-listed candidates, and if needed a personal meeting at the host institute with the final 2 candidates. The LRC decides on the candidate to be hired and communicates this with the RC and. The RC will oversee the gender and diversity of the final selection of doctoral candidates in DIALECT. The RC suggests changes if not met and approves the final selection. Doctoral candidates will be appointed at the host under local employment contracts, compatible with all relevant national legislation (including provision of adequate social security).
A Recruitment Committee (RC) will be appointed, consisting of the Project Coordinator, Deputy Project Coordinator, Project Manager, and the 3 research work-package leaders (WPLs), with non-academic and academic members of various gender and background and will assist in all recruitment procedures: (i) advertisement/criteria, (ii) promote and monitor gender balance within the doctoral candidates hired, (iii) screen written applications to advice principal investigators and applicants, (iv) ensure implementation of the recruitment policy among all hosts.
DIALECT organisations act in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. DIALECT intends to hire an equal number of male and female doctoral candidates.
Applicants need to fully respect three eligibility criteria
- Doctoral candidate: All researchers recruited in a Doctoral Network must be doctoral candidates, i.e. not already in possession of a doctoral degree at the date of the recruitment.
- Conditions of international mobility of researchers: doctoral candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention 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. Information about TOEFL can be found here.
In DIALECT, each recruited doctoral candidate will be seconded to the organizations of two or more of the partners for a duration of several weeks/months, up to 30% of their recruitment period. Normal practice during secondments is for the doctoral candidates to keep their contract with the sending organization, which also pays the travel and subsistence expenses (e.g. accommodation). During their secondment, doctoral candidates receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving organization. Secondments are differentiated from short visits, i.e. of a few days. Secondments are mandatory. If you apply for one of the positions then you agree that you will be seconded to other organizations during your contract.
Contract, benefits and salary
Each candidate that is hired will be based at the premises of the host institute where they applied, and will be working towards acquiring a PhD.
The duration of DIALECT is limited to 48 months, starting from October 1st 2022. The duration of the contract will be 3 years except for doctoral candidates hired by the Amsterdam UMC (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) who are offered a 3.5-year contract.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) programme offers competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidate will receive a gross salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for doctoral candidates. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment [Living Allowance (40.800 euro/year * a correction factor to be applied per country) + Monthly mobility allowance (600 euro)]. A family allowance of €660 per month will be paid should the doctoral candidate have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the doctoral candidate or not. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the doctoral candidate by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the doctoral candidate. Please be aware that these amounts can be subject to taxes.
The final amount will not change in case of secondments to another organisation. The contracts include social security coverage providing at least sickness and parental benefits, invalidity and accidents at work and occupational diseases, covering the doctoral candidate in every place of implementation of DIALECT activities. As these will be paid by the employer and depend on country-specific regulations, the final net salary that each doctoral candidate will receive may differ. In the case of secondments to other beneficiaries or partner organisations, the social security provision will also cover the doctoral candidate during these periods.
In addition to their individual scientific projects, all doctoral candidates will benefit from further continuing education, which includes internships and secondments, a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses and active participation in workshops and conferences.
Online Recruitment Procedure
All applications proceed through the online application form on this website. Candidates apply electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provide all requested information including a detailed CV (preferably using the Europass template), a motivation letter, grades and optionally one or two reference letters. During registration, applicants will need to prove that they are eligible (three aspects: respect DC definition, mobility criteria, English language proficiency).
The EURAXESS website may provide useful information (e.g., visa). More information about Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions can be found here. For other questions you can contact the DIALECT project manager Dr. Laurian Jongejan (firstname.lastname@example.org).