Early Stage Researchers

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Queen’s University Belfast invites applications for Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Early Stage Researcher positions, under the innovative 5 year, €3.8M, EU Horizon 2020, SPaRK programme.

The SPaRK Programme aims to develop future leaders whose skills combine disciplinary excellence with a capacity for interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral working that creates genuinely disruptive thinkers. SPaRK recognises that genuinely game-changing inter-sectoral, international and interdisciplinary collaboration does not happen simply by making available opportunities for mobility, placements, or input from other disciplines. It is therefore designed to offer an innovative model of professional and scientific development that is proactively training researchers to be able to maximise the potential of these 3i partnerships. QUB is the UK leader in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and has an outstanding reputation for nurturing research with societal impact across the cultural, commercial and scientific economies. As a testimony to its record of excellence in, and commitment to, enhanced doctoral training, the university has recently invested the equivalent of €7m in a new state of the art Graduate School (opened in April 2015). The Graduate School will host the SPaRK cohort, providing world-class facilities as well as an intellectual hub for 3i training, debate and dialogue.

Reporting to their Principal Supervisor, the Early Stage Researcher will be responsible for the completion of a PhD within the time-scale set (three years). The ESR will also be responsible for attendance on a training and development programme which will involve participation in a range of events/projects and collaboration with external project partners within the non-academic sector. The ESR will be responsible for working with other researchers within the Marie Curie SPaRK Cohort and with researchers and staff within their School.

The successful candidates should:  

  • Evidence having already reached the academic threshold for PhD study at Queen’s University, in relation to disciplinary norms.
  • Be Early Career Researchers and comply with the mobility rule as defined by the Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions in Horizon 2020, COFUND.
  • Have experience of research and have a significant level of ambition in relation to their future as researchers.
  • Be able to communicate their motivation for the project and the programme and be able to communicate their research vision to a non-academic audience.
  • Be able to show motivation and willingness to work with partners from the non-Higher Education Sector.

Anticipated interview date:  week commencing 1 June 2018

Salary:      £21,917 per annum (with pension)  OR
                  £25,576 per annum (without pension)

Closing Date: Wednesday 11 April 2018

The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability.