ESR Positions

Offer description

Funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Programme, the STORM-BOTS network offers thirteen Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions to provide high-level training in the field of liquid crystal-based soft robotics. The current call is for position ESR-1, under a fixed-term contract of duration until January 2025.

The most talented and motivated candidate will be selected for advanced multidisciplinary research training, preferably starting on September/October 2023.

The recruitment will be a transparent, open and equal process following the guidelines follows the European Charter & Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers

The STORM-BOTS consortium offers and promotes a diverse and inclusive environment. We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups regardless of age, disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

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Why to apply

You will be trained in a Research excellence environment, both at your host institution and during your secondments.

You will work in an Attractive Institutional Environment within dynamic groups with state-of-the-art equipment developing individual research projects in the framework of a unique and innovative research programme. 

STORM-BOTS will offer you Interdisciplinary Research Options through an interdisciplinary research programme and exposure to a manifold of expertise in different disciplines.

You will have Exposure to industry and other relevant employment sectors via the active participation of non-academic institutions across all parts of the research and training programmes.

The consortium, with partners from 7 different countries, will naturally offer International networking

The comprehensive network-wide courses and activities offered in STORM-BOTS, supplemented by the local courses, will provide you with comprehensive Transferable skills training.

You will work under a fixed-term employment contract with competitive conditions and salary* adapted to the life cost in each host country, set by the MSCA ITN programme. The length of the contract will be determined from the hiring date until the end of January 2025.

*Additional information about the financial conditions can be found in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 MSCA

Elegibility criteria

The applicants must comply with the following eligibility criteria: 

ESR status: At the time of appointment, applicants must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate. At the time of appointment, applicants must not hold a doctoral degree or equivalent.

Mobility Rule: Applicants can be of any nationality. However, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the appointment. This excludes short stays such as holidays or compulsory national service.

How to apply

Fill in the online application form with your personal data including country of residence of the last 3 years, information about your graduate and postgraduate degree, work experience and English proficiency.

You will have to indicate your preferred position(s), up to a maximum of three, in order of preference and, optionally, indicate which other positions you are willing to be considered for, if you are not selected for those indicated as preferred.

Attachments include CV free format, motivation letter, 2 recommendation letters, English language certificate*, University degrees and MsC diplomas** and official transcript of your records (all merged in one pdf file).

* Check the English language requirements of the recruiting institution and of the PhD programme (if applicable) associated with your preferred position(s).

** Students currently in the final year of a Master’s degree are encouraged to apply (include an official certificate confirming student status and due date of degree examination).

Recruitment procedure

After an initial eligibility check, the selection committees for each position will assess the applications and interview the shortlisted candidates.

Following the interviews, the Recruitment Committee will elaborate a ranked list of selected candidates and a reserve list for each position.

The selected candidate will be informed of the result. If the candidate rejects the offer, the next candidate on the list will be called until the list is over.

In the event of any position not being filled, the reserve list candidates will be informed and invited to take part in a second evaluation round.

DEADLINE: April 11th 2021, 23:59 CET


DEADLINE CALL JAN 2023 FOR ESR-1 POSITION: February 19th 2023, 23:59 CET

DEADLINE CALL JUL 2023 FOR ESR-1 POSITION: August 27th 2023, 23:59 CEST