We offer generous three-year fellowships funded by the ITN- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call of the European Commission. We are currently looking for 15 highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to embark on a path towards their PhDs in one of our research projects. The fellowships will begin in the academic year of 2021-2022.

All our network institutions are equal opportunity employers and seek a workforce diverse in age, culture, nationality and gender. None of them will apply restrictions on gender, age, ethnic groups, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, and social or economic conditions.
If you want to apply for one of our grants, you must:
  • Comply with the mobility rule. You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date.
  • Comply with the Early Stage Researcher definition: at the time of recruitment by the hosting institution, you must be in the first four years (or full‐time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Be in position of enrolling in a doctoral programme at the country and to meet the specific eligibility requirements at the hosting institution, if applicable.
  • Submit a complete application within the submission deadline through our application form.
You can apply to any of our projects through the contact form that you can find below. Please be aware that you can only apply for one to a maximum of three positions. Please note that you must submit ALL applications via this form. We can’t attend any requests addressed directly to any of the beneficiaries.
In the application form you must provide:
  • Personal information such as your first and last name, gender, nationality and contact details.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter (maximum 2 pages) highlighting your research experience and academic achievements and explaining why you are interested in our project and in a particular research project.
  • A scanned copy of certified academic records. These documents must show the grades attained in exam periods and evidence that the required degree will be obtained by the expected time of recruitment if it has not already been awarded.
  • Any additional files relevant to the application.
  • The contact of at least one university lecturer or scientist who are familiar with your academic work and who can judge your potential as a predoctoral researcher. Applicants will be responsible for ensuring that referees submit these letters.
  • A summary of any work experience.
We will choose the candidates that fit the most in the different projects in the following steps:
  • Eligibility check: our management office will check that each application is complete and that applicants fulfil the eligibility criteria.
  • Remote Evaluation: each eligible application will be assessed independently by our principal investigators. They will select at least three candidates per position to pass through to the following stage.
  • Interviews: if the exceptional circumstances caused by COVID-19 allow it, short-listed candidates will be invited for a joint physical meeting. If not, interviews will be organised online through a videoconferencing system. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by their potential supervisor and two additional supervisors from the network. In addition, to guarantee impartiality, a member external to our project, from the PhD Committee of the recruiting institution, will also serve on the selection committee.
  • Notification of the selection outcomes: our management office will notify short-listed candidates of the outcome, and those selected will be put in touch with the corresponding HR Department to start the official hiring procedure. Applicants who have not been successful but who have received a positive evaluation will be put on a waiting list to cover possible renunciations and future positions.
The ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Each fellowship includes the following:
  • Monthly living allowance: 3,270 euro/month (€39,240/year); this amount is then adjusted through the application of a country correction coefficient to the living allowance of the country in which the researcher is recruited. The country correction coefficients are indicated in Table 2 of the MSCA Work Programme.
  • Monthly mobility allowance: 600 euro/month
  • Monthly family allowance, if applicable and depending on the family situation: 500 euro/month.
All researchers will be recruited under an employment contract that includes social security coverage.
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 allowances are fixed amounts, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in which the researcher is recruited.
For more details please see the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
At CC-TOP we are fully committed to equal opportunities and we have implemented measures to ensure this. During the application procedure, we will ask candidates to include information on any career breaks, and these will not be penalized during the selection procedure. In addition, when checking compliance with the mobility rule, we will not consider the refugee procedure as a period of residence in the country where the candidate is applying. When all scores and evaluation criteria are equal, we will give preference to candidates from under-represented groups, for example women, and candidates with disabilities or those from refugee backgrounds.
  • Call opening: 1 March 2021
  • Deadline for applications: 24:00 CET on 31 May 2021.
  • Remote evaluation: 1 -15 June 2021
  • Interviews: 12-16 July 2021
  • Notification of candidates: 21 July 2021
  • Start date of fellowships: September 2021
For enquiries about the application process, please contact the CC-Top helpdesk.

The recruitment is now closed