Q&A and the online application form

October 2018

We received over 1200 completed and eligible applications for the 29 ESR positions in call 1! Many high quality applications for the different positions were received and we are currently in the selection process. Candidates are evaluated based on the RESCUE evaluation criteria, including experience, quality of CV, motivation and creativity. Selected top candidates stood out more in terms of relevance and quality of their scientific & educational background as well as overall potential compared to the other candidates.

Most applicants already received the information letter with or without the invitation to the next round for interviews. It is expected that the last notifications will be send within a week.

If your application was not selected for further consideration, we want to thank you very much for showing interest in our programme and wish you success in your future career.

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

Q&A 27 July 2018

1) Does the mobility eligibility also count for the secondments?

Yes, officially it does. However, if your experience and motivation is connected to an ESR position where you are ineligible because of mobility for the secondment, the PI and/or project may decide to change the secondment to another country. This also depends on the research project defined.

You can specify this in a text box in the online application form. Please do not email us about this.

 

Example:

One secondment for ESR1.1 is to the USA. If the most excellent and suitable candidate for position ESR1.1 is from a non-EU member state, the secondment may be altered to a country within the EU. The candidate should still not have lived, studied or worked in the Netherlands during the last 3 years for more than 12 months.

 

Conclusion: If you are not eligible because of the country where the secondment takes place and you are the most excellent and suitable for the position, a decision may still be taken to change the partner organisation for this ESR position.

 

The mobility eligibility explained:

  • At the time of the application deadline (27 August 2018) 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 where they will carry out the research training activities (at the beneficiary and/or partner organisations)
    • 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
  • Candidates are NOT eligible if they are already permanently employed by the entity where the research training activities will take place (UMCU, UU, and any partner organisation where the secondments of the ESR in question will take place)
2) 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.

 

The career eligibility explained:

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.

3) Can I apply for multiple ESR positions?

Applications will only be considered if received through the mandatory online application form. You may submit only one application form, choosing one or two ESR positions. If applicants submit multiple forms only the first submitted will be taken into consideration.

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. Use your common sense in what you should and can show us with your application. Use your motivation letter to convince us you are the most excellent, smart and suitable candidate for the specific position you have chosen. We appreciate it if you only use the RESCUE email address for important issues that we have not addressed on the website. Thank you.

 

Q&A 17 July 2018

1) I have done my 2-year MSc in the Netherlands in the last two years. Am I eligible? 2) I have finished my MSc in medicine in 2008 and worked in a hospital and/or pharma ever since. Am I eligible?

No, all candidates should strictly fulfil these eligibility criteria set by the EC:

Candidates, at the time of the appointment date:

  • are ‘early-stage researchers’, i.e. in the first four years of their research careers (full-time equivalent research experience, measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree entitling him or her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which it was obtained or in which s/he is recruited) - even if the doctorate was never started or envisaged);
  • have no a doctoral degree.

and

Candidates, at the time of the application deadline (27 August 2018):

  • show transnational mobility by carrying out the research training activities (at the beneficiary/partner organisation) in a country where they have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment. Short stays (such as holidays), compulsory national services (such as mandatory military service) and procedures for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are NOT counted;
  • are NOT eligible if they are already permanently employed by the entity where the research training activities take place and that is recruiting them may not be supported (UMCU and/of UU);
  • are nationals or long-term residents (>5 consecutive years full-time research activity) of an EU Member State or associated country, in case of research training activities (secondments at partner organisations) are carried out in a country other than 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.
3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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).

6) 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 remark:
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.