How to Apply
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– Compliance with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility rule (as defined in MSCA Cofund Guide for Applicants 2018): candidates may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in France for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the date of recruitment (doctoral thesis starting date). Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays in France are not taken into account.
– Student eligibility criteria: at the date of recruitment, early-stage researchers must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers (career breaks excluded) and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
– The candidate must be, at the time of recruitment, in possession of/or finalising a master degree or equivalent degree, which would formally entitle the candidate to embark on a doctorate.
– The candidate must be available for employment at the defined programme start date.
– Candidates must have a demonstrable level of English. A proof of upper-intermediate level must be included in the application; this should take the form of one of the recognised international qualifications (minimum CEFR B2, Cambridge English First (FCE), Cambridge Bulats >60, PTE Level 3, IELTS 5-6.5, TOEFL >72, TOEIC >750). Applicants originating from native-English-speaking countries can apply without the need for proof of level. An official degree (including postgraduate) conducted in English as the only language will be also accepted as a proof of level.
– Specific doctoral school requirements in terms of marks, experience, or any other matter that is a prerequisite to enrolment to the doctorate programme must be met.
– The candidate must have submitted a complete application through the ESRF recruitment web portal. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Candidates will be required to submit their application electronically via the ESRF Recruitment web portal. The application form, C.V. and cover letter are to be completed in English. Please click here to find more information about the application requirements.
An application comprises the following elements:
– Application form.
– Curriculum vitae
– Cover letter presenting the motivation of the candidate and candidate’s assets for the post (knowledge, skills and personal qualities)
– Contact details for two or more referees
– Copy of latest relevant diploma and proof of current enrolment in an academic programme if still studying (a copy of the final diploma will eventually have to be provided)
– Proof of upper-intermediate level in English (see eligibility criteria)
– Declaration of honour on the mobility rule
– Copy of identity card or passport
Conditions of employment
The start dates is: 7 September 2020 for the call 1 and 6 September 2021 for the call 2. Please click here to find all the information related to the conditions of employment.
The students will be employed with research training contracts, initially for one or two years, depending on institute, extended to the full duration of the PhD project, three years for students registered at UGA, on condition that the student receives a positive evaluation by their ESRF/ILL supervisor at the end of the first term.
Students will be paid a gross monthly salary of 2,458 € (i.e. an average net monthly salary around 1,860 € before taxes), averaged over three years (value from May 2018 to be revised with the institutes’ general salary policy). This salary includes a living allowance and the employee contributions to the French national social security system and to a complementary health insurance.
Employees have a minimum 26 days paid leave per year in addition to French national holidays. Students employed from outside of France are allowed one day of extra holiday per year called “travelling time” to compensate for travel time to return to their native country once a year.
As employees of the facilities, students will benefit from exceptional working conditions and advantages such as a subsidised restaurant on site, works committee, subsidised public transport subscriptions.
The working language of the ESRF and ILL is English. A course of French lessons is optional for new employees.