Eligibility Criteria

Early-stage researchers (ESRs) are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, starting at the date of obtaining their masters degree (or similar).

Mobility All nationalities can apply, but you can only apply to a project which is hosted in a country in which you did not reside or carry your main activities (such as work or study) for more than 12 months within the last 3 years. This excludes short stays such as holidays or compulsory national service.

Employment Conditions

The ESR fellows will be employed according to the employment conditions of LPI Europe SL. The salary follows the Marie Curie-Skłodowska ITN Scheme. On top of the regular compensation, an extra allowance will be available to cover mobility expenses. A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner laboratories of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment. For more information please visit the Marie Curie-Skłodowska website.

Salary and Benefits

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment. It consists of:

  • a living allowance (= 3110 euro/month [the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules apply a correction factor to this amount to allow for the cost of living in different countries: 1.110 to France, 1.135 to Ireland, 0.976 to Spain and 1.203 to the United Kingdom]) +
  • a monthly mobility and family allowance (= 600 or 1100 euro/month depending on the family situation).

It must be noted that the living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. The rate indicated here is for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis. The mobility and family allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in question. More details in Sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 of the guide for applicants to H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014.

  • Furthermore, PhD tuition fees for the ESR are covered and the research project is aimed at defending a thesis and obtaining a PhD degree. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all positions will benefit from further continuing training, which includes internships and secondments (All ESRs will be seconded at least once at another partner site), a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses, active participation in workshops and conferences, and exposure to large enterprises, SMEs and Universities from different European countries involved in SMARTI ETN.