Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants can be of any nationality.
  • Applicants must be eligible to enroll in the PhD programme of the host institution.
  • H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (for ESR1-ESR8: that is 31/08/2018 to 01/09/2021; for ESR9-ESR10: that is 30/09/2018 to 01/10/2021). Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.
  • H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria: Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the host organization, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/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, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged)

Further requirements

  • You can submit outstanding academic results.
  • Excellent use of English is essential (C1 level minimum). Knowledge of the respective local language (B2 level or more) is required: language courses will be offered by the project partners, if necessary.
  • You are interested in interdisciplinary research and have strong analytical skills.
  • You are quality-oriented, conscientious, creative and a team player.
  • You have strong communication skills.
  • You are expected to participate actively in international secondments to other organisations within the TOD-IS-RUR network and in outreach activities targeted at a broad audience.

The selection process


The closing date for applications is 29 March 2021. In the first selection round a preselection of max 10 to 15 candidates per position is composed. Preselected candidates will be invited for a short writing assignment. On the basis of the writing assignment, the selection committees will make a shortlist of candidates to be invited for interviews. The final recruitment event consists of a series of teleconference interviews that will be performed by the appointed selection committee. The online recruitment event with the shortlisted candidates will be organized in the first week of May. Note that –for some ESR positions– the selection will require further administrative steps in order to comply with the HR regulations of the recruiting institution.

Selection criteria

Recruitment of ESRs within TOD-IS-RUR is in line with the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, providing the reference framework for the roles, rights, and obligations of both researchers and employers. These principles and requirements ensure that the selection procedures are open, transparent, impartial, internationally comparable, merit-based, and tailored to the type of positions advertised. In the selection process, the candidates are evaluated based on their scientific background and potential for research, and following gender equality and minority rights. The evaluation of the candidates complies with the Code of Conduct definition of merit. This means that merit is judged qualitatively and quantitatively, focusing not only on the researcher’s grades but also on a broader range of evaluation criteria, such as research background, knowledge transfer, interdisciplinary knowledge, soft skills, personality ethics, character, interests and enthusiasm about working in a multidisciplinary and collaborative environment, ability to collaborate in a diverse environment, future scientific plans, project/institution fit.

The selection process, therefore, takes into consideration the whole range of experience of the candidates, including their overall potential as researchers, their creativity, and level of independence.

The overview of the individual ESR PhD positions can be found here.