Application form, updates and Q&A

RECRUITMENT NEWS:

Update 15 March 2019: Call 3 is now open until 1 May 2019, 10:00AM CET. We have one last position to fill. Apply here!

Update 19 February 2019: The last candidates in call 2, who are not informed yet, will receive an information letter by the end of this week!

Update 26 November 2018: Almost all positions for call 1, with the deadline of 27 August 2018, are filled in. The first ESRs will start 1 Febrary 2019! In call 1 we received over 1200 completed and eligible applications for the 29 ESR positions! Many high quality applications for the different positions were received, a lot of positions have been fulfilled. Candidates have been evaluated based on the RESCUE evaluation criteria, which include experience, quality of CV, motivation and creativity. We selected our top candidates out of many high quality applications for most of the positions during call 1. For a few positions, including some new ones, we opened a second call (deadline 1 January 2019) and third call (deadline 1 May 2019) of recruitment to find our last top candidates.

MAKE SURE YOU FULFILL ALL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

QUESTION & ANSWERS

Q: I already applied for positions during the first call. Can I apply again?

A: If you applied during the first call, but your application was not selected so far, we encourage you to check the vacant positions. Consider whether you would be a good/excellent fit based on your background and the project you want to apply for (again). Update your motivation letter and CV to the vacant project.

 

Q: Why is there a second call and why are there some different positions than in call 1?

A: For some positions we did not find the best candidate suitable for the relevant projects during the first application round. This is why we are re-opening these positions. Additionaly, there are some new positions open due to various reasons. In some cases the co-finance failed unforeseen at a very late stage. Also, some new projects developed in the course of time that perfectly fit into the RESCUE programme and we are glad to be able to offer these within the second call.

The mobility eligibility explained:

All candidates should strictly fulfil these eligibility criteria set by the EC

  • At the time of the application deadline (2 January 2019) candidates have not lived or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline in The Netherlands.

    Short stays (such as holidays), compulsory national services (such as mandatory military service) and procedures for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention do NOT count. Candidates are NOT eligible if they are already permanently employed by the entity where the research training activities will take place (UMCU, UU, the Hubrecht and any partner organisation where the secondments of the ESR in question will take place).

For call 2: the secondments are not specified yet. We will first select the best suitable and eligible candidate. After that, the secondments are arranged. This will depend on the mobility of the selected candidate in the last 36 months.

For secondments the mobility rule also counts:

  • At the time of the application deadline (2 January 2019) candidates have not lived or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline in the country of the secondment. Short stays (such as holidays), compulsory national services (such as mandatory military service) and procedures for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention do NOT count.
  • In case the secondments at partner organisations are carried out in a country other than an EU Member State or associated country, the candidates should be nationals or long-term residents (>5 consecutive years full-time research activity) of an EU Member State or associated country. Associated countries: Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Ukraine, Tunisia, Georgia, Armenia

Simple said: If the selected candidate is from a non-EU member state or non-associated country, she/he may not go on secondment in a non-EU member state or non-associated country.

Example: If a secondment is to the USA, the selected candidate should not have lived or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the application deadline in the USA and should have a nationality or have lived longer than 5 consecutive years in an EU member state or associated country.

 

The career eligibility explained:

All candidates should strictly fulfil these eligibility criteria set by the EC

At the time of the appointment date, candidates are in the first four years of their research careers (full-time equivalent research experience, measured from the date when a researcher has obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which it was obtained or in which he/she is recruited); and candidates are not in the possession of a doctoral degree.

 

I have received my MSc degree in 2010. Am I eligible?

In this case you are only eligible if you can convincingly prove you did not perform RESEARCH longer than 48 months (full-time equivalent) in total between the date of your degree and your RESCUE appointment date.

 

Example:

You had a medical education and career, with no research activities since 2010 for more than 48 months and can prove this with official documentation. We will ask selected candidates to provide proof of all research related and non-research related activities carried out since the date of their MSc degree, should the graduation have taken place more than 4 years before the appointment date.

 

Can I apply for multiple ESR positions?

Applications will only be considered: if received through the mandatory online application form; that are specified and motivated for the specific position; are completed/finished.

I am currently completing my Master’s study, but will not finish before the recruitment deadline. What should I do?

Please mention in your application the date you expect to finish your study and the date you expect to receive your degree. You can show e.g. the results you already received and the subjects of your MSc study etc. You should have finished your study before the appointment date and receive your diploma shortly after (within a couple of months).

What is the expected appointment date?

The preferred appointment date for all is 1 February 2019. In this way all can start with the same training programme at the same point. The last appointment date is 1 June 2019.

Do I need to be able to show a TOEFL score?

If you have or something similar, yes please. If you do not have a TOEFL score or something similar please describe (how you have obtained) your excellent proficiency of the English language (both oral and written).

Can I apply with my background touching the biomedical field?

You need to be able to convince us that you are suitable and an excellent candidate for a certain position. There are a lot of fields mentioned in the requirements for all the candidates and per position. Also, everywhere the words ‘or related area’ is stated.

Overall remarks:

Please comment in the text boxes or in your motivation letter issues that may need to be addressed. Please take the time to read the information already available on the website, and avoid emails asking for information already provided.

Please do not email us your CV and motivation letter. Applications will only be considered if received through the mandatory online application form and if completed and submitted. Use your motivation letter to convince the PI you are the most excellent, smart and suitable candidate for the specific position you have chosen.
Please use your common sense in what you should and/or can show us with your application in convincing us that you: are eligible, have finished your MSc before the appointment date and have an excellent proficiency of the English language (both oral and written), etc.

There are 29 PhD positions. We appreciate it, if not all candidates send questions to the general RESCUE email. Thank you, it is much appreciated.

You can find an overview of all vacant ESR PhD projects, including the subjects, PIs, departments, partner organisations and mobility eligibility criteria clicking on the button below.