Third Call for Proposals now open: 1 position still available

The third Call for Proposals in now open for applications. You may apply for a position until 13 September 2020 at 23:59 (CEST).

Please ensure to carefully read the Guide for Applicants before applying.

As a fellow in the oLife Fellowship Programme you are given the opportunity to work on your own interdisciplinary research project with advisors and research institutes of your own choice. Together with 17 other fellows, you will follow a joint research and training programme, consisting of scientific lectures, academic and professional skills training, and career guidance. In the Netherlands, teaching and supervising students is an integral part of a researcher’s position. Therefore, you will be expected to prepare and teach your own lecture series on your field(s) of expertise and to supervise student research projects. Also, you are offered the opportunity to go on secondments with our leading industrial, academic or non-profit partner organisations.


  • You qualify as an Experienced Researcher, meaning that you are in the possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience by September 13, 2020.
  • You have research experience in one or multiple fields relevant to the oLife Fellowship Programme, such as (bio)chemistry, (bio)physics, molecular biology, computational science, systems biology, evolutionary biology, ecology, astrophysics, geoscience or a combination thereof.
  • To comply with EU funding rules, you will not have resided in the Netherlands for more than 12 months during the 3 years prior to September 13, 2020.
  • You are proficient in English language (academic level).

How to apply

To apply, you are required to complete the online application form and submit one PDF file, containing (in the following order):

  • A motivation letter
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including a publication list (max. 4 A4)
  • A description of relevant research experience and most noticeable research results, including an abstract of your PhD thesis (max 2 A4)
  • A research proposal (max. 5 A4)
  • A copy of your PhD certificate
  • A self-assessment form on ethical issues
  • At least three reference letters (dated and signed) by academic referees, preferably experts in the chosen oLife FP scientific areas. One of these should be your PhD advisor.

You may freely select your own main advisor and co-advisor (via the online application form) and freely propose your research topic. Your research topic should fit within the oLife research framework and should address at least two of the four scientific areas, which are described on our website.

Only applications that are complete and submitted before the application deadline via the e-application tool will be considered.

We explicitly encourage you to contact your preferred advisors when developing your idea, prior to submitting your application.

Evaluation and Selection Procedure

The evaluation and selection procedure consists of two rounds:

  1. Proposals
  2. Web-based interviews

For more information about the full procedure, the evaluation criteria and the composition of the Evaluation and Selection Panel, please read the Guide for Applicants.


Publication of the Call for Proposals 31 July 2020
Deadline for application 13 September 2020, 23:59 (CEST)
Decision on eligibility (per e-mail) September 2020
Invitation to Web-based interview, or rejection (per e-mail) September 2020
Web-based interview September/October 2020
Notification on evaluation result October 2020
Starting date As soon as possible

Start and duration of your position

The preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

You will have an initial appointment of 12 months that will be extended by 24 months if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the 36 months period.

Conditions of employment

You will receive a full-time (38 hours) employment contract according to the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch universities. You will be offered a starting salary depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years. According to the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch universities, the UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies. In addition to the primary salary, the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%:

  • 0 years: € 3,255 gross per month for a full-time position
  • 1 year: € 3,389 gross per month for a full-time position
  • 2 years: € 3,514 gross per month for a full-time position
  • 3 years: € 3,637 gross per month for a full-time position.

The oLife Fellowship Programme has an inclusive policy. Therefore, candidates who have had career breaks or a diversified career path are especially encouraged to apply.

The oLife application, evaluation and selection procedure commits to the principles of the European Charter and Code for Researchers, and specifically the Code of Conduct for Recruitment.

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