Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

Postdoc Fellowship Programme (postdoc or 4 years of research experience) - Got Energy Talent MSCA-COFUND

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    Universidad de Alcalá
    Agricultural sciences
    Biological sciences
    Computer science
    Environmental science
    Information science
    Political sciences
    Established Researcher (R3)
    Recognised Researcher (R2)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    01/10/2018 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions COFUND


The University of Alcalá and the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos are pleased to announce that 17 fellowships are available as part of Got Energy Talent (GET) first call for fellowships. 8/9 fellows will be hired by each university. The fellowships will provide the opportunity for experienced researches from around the world to spend two years at Madrid to undertake an independent, interdisciplinary research project in the field of smart energy.

Each individual fellowship will be a fixed-term non-renewable 24-month contract with either the UAH or the URJC (academic host institutions). In addition to this, fellows will be able to decide whether to carry out a 24-month advanced research project at the academic host institution or, under certain research lines, to carry out a 12-month advanced research project combined with a 12-month period devoted to applied research in one of the non-academic partner host institutions.

You will find all necessary information on our website http://gotenergytalent.uah.es/ 

More Information


Fellows will be recruited under a two-year full-time employment contract. They will be employed by either the UAH or the URJC, and their employment contract will be subject to the Spanish law. Researchers must be dedicated full time to the research activities unless duly justified for personal or family reasons. They cannot combine several activities. This also means that a researcher cannot benefit from two MCA/MSCA grants at the same time. Complementary skills training (e.g. a teaching activity as part of the research activity) are not incompatible, but must not jeopardise the implementation of the research activities.


The amount of the grant of fellows will consist of the following categories:


Monthly allowance

  • Living allowance €4,190.00 
  • Mobility allowance €200.00
  • Travel allowance €100.00

Total €4,490.00

  • Family allowance** €400.00

Total with family allowance** €4,890.00

**Depending on the family situation of the fellow. The “family allowance” is a support for those fellows who have family duties. Within H2020, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by 1) marriage or 2) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognized by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalized or 3) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher. There is no obligation for the family to travel with the recruited researcher. Kindly note that family status of a researcher will be determined at the deadline of the call and will not be revised thereafter. The family allowance will be paid in monthly instalments as part of their monthly salary. No proof will be requested at this step. However, successful applicants will have to provide proofs of the family situation that gives right to the family allowance.


The grant will be paid to the fellow on a monthly basis in 12 instalments per year.


Important: These figures correspond to the total amount before both employer contributions (economic rights and social costs) and employee contributions (fiscal obligations and social security and other taxes). This means that this amount will be used to cover, on the one side, the economic rights derived from the employment contract and the social costs, to be paid by the employer (employer contributions). The amount derived from deducting the employer contributions will then be subject to the fiscal obligations and Social Security costs which are established by Spanish law (employee contributions). Consequently, the net salary will derive from deducting all compulsory social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) and any other deductions.

Eligibility criteria

GET Fellowship applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Nationality: GET fellowships are open to applicants of any nationality.
  • Experienced Researchers: applicants must be experienced researchers as defined by MSCA rules, i.e. applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience by the date of the call deadline. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitled him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.
  • Mobility Rule: the mobility rule of Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme applies, i.e. applicants must not have resided, or conducted their main activity (work, studies, etc.), in Spain for over 12 months in the 3 years prior to the call deadline. In this regard, compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. Applications can be made by Spanish researchers as far as they comply with the MSCA mobility rule just described.

In addition to this:

  • Applicants cannot be permanent employees of UAH or URJC, or any of the organisations participating in the programme (host institutions or partner organisations).
  • Applicants must possess a fluent knowledge of English.
  • Applicants must submit the complete application package by the specified deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Selection process

Launch of the call:

  • 1st call open: 2nd July (2018)
  • Call deadline: 1st October (2018), 12:00 Spanish Time
  • Candidates will receive a confirmation email when submitting the application

Selection process:

  • Within one month after deadline, applicants will be informed about the results of the eligibility check.
  • Consensus meeting: January 2019
  • Communication of the results after the evaluation process: February 2019

Start of the fellowship:

  • Appeal, redress and negotiation period: February 2019 and March 2019
  • Approximate start of the fellowships: April-May 2019

(Approximate dates: these dates might vary. E.g. the start date of the fellowship might vary due to visa procedures)


Please read the Guide for Applicants and the Guide for Evaluators to get more information about the selection process. The Guide for Evaluators describes the principles and procedures that will be used in the evaluation and selection process of research proposals under GOT ENERGY TALENT first call for fellowships. Applicants may use the Guide for Evaluators and the evaluation criteria as a checklist to ensure the quality of their proposal. You can find the Guidelines under: http://gotenergytalent.uah.es/first-call/ 

Additional comments

Under specific research lines, applicants may choose to carry out a second year doing applied research in one of our partner host institutions from the non-academic sector. These institutions will host fellows that choose to pursue a 12-month applied research period after their advanced research period carried on at the academic host institutions. The Non-academic Partner Host Institutions collaborating in GOT ENERGY TALENT first call for fellowships are: REPSOL S.A., CI3 (Centre for the Innovation of Smart Infrastructures), IMDEA Energy, IMDEA Water, CENER (National Renewable Energy Centre), ATOS SPAIN SAU and OPTIVA MEDIA S.L. You can find more information under: http://gotenergytalent.uah.es/partner-host-institutions/ 


*Please note that this possibility is not available under all research lines.

Offer Requirements

    ENGLISH: Excellent


GOT ENERGY TALENT is addressed to experienced researchers as defined by MSCA rules

Applicants must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience by the date of the call deadline. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitled him/her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.

Specific Requirements

Research Areas: Smart Energy and related fields

The fellowships will provide an opportunity for talented experienced researchers to spend two years at Madrid in order to develop their own independent research ideas and build the skills necessary to establish themselves as the next generation of research leaders. It is open to the fellows to freely define the subject area of the proposed research. However, the research should fall within one of the research lines offered under GOT ENERGY TALENT fellowship programme and it should be supported by the current research strengths at UAH, URJC and its partner organisations.


Applicants can find the complete list of available research lines on GET ENERGY TALENT website (under http://gotenergytalent.uah.es/research-lines/). Applicants must identify the research line where they want to be integrated and get in contact with the corresponding research group, in order to get the necessary information to complete the application. On the website, under the tab ‘Research lines’, applicants will find all necessary information (contact details of the research group, mentor, summary of the research line, relevant projects and publications).

Work location(s)
17 position(s) available at
Universidad de Alcalá and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

EURAXESS offer ID: 320601


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