Second Call for Proposals has closed
Applications are currently being processed.
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 January 26, 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 January 26,2020.
- 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:
- 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||26 November 2019|
|Deadline for application||26 January 2020, 23:59 (CET)|
|Decision on eligibility (per e-mail)||Early February 2020|
|Invitation to Web-based interview, or rejection (per e-mail)||Late February 2020|
|Web-based interview||March 2020|
|Notification on evaluation result||Late March 2020|
|Starting date||May or June 2020|
Start and duration of your position
The preferred starting date is May or June 2020.
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.