22/04/2022

Call for Expression of Interest for 50 Postdoctoral fellowships in all disciplines within the MSCA COFUND Programme - ONSILOS


The University of Cyprus, invites Postdoctoral Researchers to express their interest for fifty (50) full-time Postdoctoral Research positions under the research programme titled “ONISILOS - Co-funding International, Interdisciplinary and Intersectoral research excellence at the University of Cyprus”. The programme is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme 2014-2020 and more specifically under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (Grant Agreement No 10103440) and the University of Cyprus.

ONISILOS is a 60-month fellowship programme with a duration from 01/01/22-31/12/26. ONISILOS will fund fifty (50) 24-month fellowships for Experienced Researchers (ERs). Two rounds of calls for proposals will be announced according to the table below.

Calls Expression of Interest deadline

  • 1st call: 15/05/2022

  • 2nd call: 15/10/2023

Application Deadline

  • 1st call:05/09/2022

  • 2nd call 30/01/2024

Starting dates of the fellowships

  • 1st call: Between 01/01/23-30/06/23

  • 2nd call  Between 01/06/24-30/11/24

Number of fellowships:

  • 1st call: 30

  • 2nd call: 20

Fellows will be selected following an open, transparent, merit-based, impartial and equitable selection procedure, based on international peer review. The selection committee will bring together diverse expertise, have an adequate gender balance and include members from other countries with relevant experience to assess the candidates and evaluate the content of the research proposals.

Benefits

Fellows will be recruited under an employment contract of two (2) years. Employer and employee contributions will be deducted from the amounts below, which do not include a 13th salary bonus. The monthly salary includes the following allowances " €3.540 Living allowance per month " €300 Mobility allowance per month " €200 Family allowance per month (if applicable) Fellows, during the application phase, will have the opportunity to request an extra budget for research purposes like conference participation, seminar registrations, consumables etc.

Employment conditions will be aligned with the “Charter & Code for Researchers” regulations.

Following their appointment at the University of Cyprus, fellows must be based in Cyprus and situated physically at the University of Cyprus buildings in order to participate in the academic life of UCY and to organise academic activities such as workshops, public talks and other activities that will contribute to the intellectual life of the university.

Eligibility criteria

  1. The programme is designed for Experienced Researchers (ERs) of any nationality. Researchers must hold a PhD degree of a recognized higher education institution before.This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No 101034403 the deadline of the relevant ONISILOS call for proposals. Researchers who have successfully defended their doctoral thesis but who have not yet formally been awarded the doctoral degree will also be considered eligible to apply provided that they can document their successful defence of the thesis.
  2. ERs must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Cyprus for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the co-funded programme's calldeadline(s) or the date of recruitment. Exceptions and relaxation of these terms could be applied on cases like career breaks, work outside research, research outside Europe for reintegrating researchers.

Selection process

Expression of interest process

Candidates should submit their Expression of Interest via the ONISILOS portal following the steps below.

  1. Create an account by using their email address and a personal password. A valid email address should be used, since all further correspondence will be communicated to this email address.
  2. Fill-in their profile information such as personal, contact and educational details, employment history, place of activity / place of residence during the last 5 years (most recent one first).
  3. Upload an updated two-page CV in a PDF format
  4. Add their expression of interest by clicking the blue button as shown below
  5. Fill in the Title of their potential project.
  6. Fill in the Summary section. One-page research proposal (3000 characters), aligned with one of the stated scientific and sub-scientific areas. In the summary, fellows should explain their ability to carry out their research proposal within the framework of the fellowship project. They should also indicate the alignment of their academic training, research career and previous experience that substantiate their choice and state their expectations about the impact and how the fellowship could help them develop a successful research career, inside or outside the academic environment.
  7. Fill in three keywords related to their potential project.
  8. Choose from the drop-down list a Scientific and a Sub-scientific field. The sub-scientific field is thought to be seen as ground for developing the summary of the potential research project.
  9. Choose from the drop-down list their Scientific Supervisor to ensure a two-way knowledge transfer between the candidate and UCY.

As soon as the expression of interest is submitted correctly, candidates will receive an automatically generated email receipt that the expression of interest was submitted. The receipt may end up in the Junk Folder of the applicants’ email inbox, so please it needs to be ensured that the confirmation email after submission has been received.

The candidates will be informed of the pre-selection results no more than three weeks after the expression of interest deadline.

After the expression of interest an application phase will be announced.

Apply

For more details and other information, interested individuals may contact the Research and Innovation Support Service by email: onisilos@ucy.ac.cy or telephone: +357 22 894323.

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