Eligibility Criteria

Marie Curie ITN criteria

Applicants to the project must satisfy the Marie Curie ITN eligibility requirements listed below in order to be considered.  The original text can be found within FP7 Marie Curie Grant Agreement – Annex III.

Nationality

The applicant may be of any nationality.

Mobility

At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc...) in the country of the host institution (employer) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Mobility Example 1:

A German researcher has moved to the Netherlands and has carried out research there for the last six months, prior to that they had always studied or worked in Germany.  The researcher can be appointed to a host institution in the Netherlands, or to any other host institution that is outside of Germany.

Mobility Example 2:

A British applicant has worked for the 11 months prior to the recruitment date in the United Kingdom.  Before that period they had been working in Spain for 4 years. The applicant is eligible to be appointed to a host institution in the United Kingdom, or to any other host institution that is outside of Spain.

Qualifications and Research Experience

Early Stage Researcher (ESR) Requirements

Applicants for an ESR post must, at the time of recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of his/her research career.

Experienced Researcher (ER) Requirements

Applicants for an ER post must, at the time of recruitment:
1) be in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it, or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience;
and
2) have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Full-time equivalent research experience is defined as the research experience measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.

Qualification and Experience Example 1:

An applicant graduated with a first degree in Civil Engineering in July 2011 and would like to start her PhD in November 2014. She is eligible as an ESR within the ITN as she has less than 4 years of research experience and no PhD.  She is not eligible for an ER post as she does not have a PhD or the equivalent research experience.

Qualification and Experience Example 2:

An applicant obtained his PhD after 3½ years. He is not eligible as an ESR within the ITN because he is in possession of a doctoral degree. However, he would be eligible to be appointed as an Experienced Researcher within the first five years of his career.

Qualification and Experience Example 3:

A researcher obtained her PhD after 4 years and subsequently worked in research for 13 months under a post-doctoral position. She would not be eligible to be appointed as an ESR as she is in possession of a PhD.  She would not be eligible to be appointed as an ER as her research experience exceeds the first five years of her career.

Qualification and Experience Example 4:

An applicant is in the process of writing up his PhD after 4½ years of research and would like to apply for an appointment within the ITN. While he has not yet gained his doctorate, he would not be considered as an ESR due to his level of experience. However, he would be eligible for recruitment as an ER.

Important notes

An individual researcher may not be recruited as an early-stage researcher and subsequently as an experienced researcher within the same network.

In addition, recruitment of early stage researchers means recruitment of early stage researchers and recruitment of experienced researchers means recruitment of experienced researchers. An early stage researcher cannot be ‘converted’ to an experienced researcher and vice versa.

Additional Criteria

The main language of the project is English, hence all applicants are required to be proficient in both spoken and written forms of the English language.

Applicants should consult job advertisements for specific vacancies for further relevant information regarding recruitment criteria. This can be linked to internal demands of host institutions (e.g. required degree of candidates for PhD or post doctoral positions, required level of language skills) and to national legal framework conditions.

All ESRs and ERs are obliged to participate in the QUICS training events held during their employment.