Who can apply?

Anyone who wishes to carry out research in the field of Monte Carlo event generators and complete a PhD programme may apply, provided they fulfil the eligibility requirements to be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher, which are summarised below.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher posts are open to all nationalities, provided that on the date of recruitment to their post (their start date) the applicant:

Certain exceptions apply, for example time spent on parental leave.

What are they for?

To train the next generation of event generator authors through a programme of research on a Monte Carlo event generator-related topic in collaboration with your PhD supervisor and the other academics, postdocs and fellow students of the MCnet network. In addition, to provide broader training in related transferable skills.

The supporting statement for the application should clearly address the applicant's training and experience to date and their motivation for applying to carry out research in the field of Monte Carlo event generators.

Where can they be held?

Posts are available with the following MCnet teams: University of Manchester (UK), Durham University (UK), University of Göttingen (Germany), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), Lund University (Sweden) and University College London (UK) (co-supervision with Glasgow University (UK)). Several of these offer opportunities for co-supervision by members of MCnet's academic partners: CERN, Heidelberg (Germany), SLAC (USA) and Monash (Australia).

Applicants can indicate their interest in as many teams as they are eligible for on the application form, but should give a motivation for their choice in their supporting statement.

When are they for?

Posts can start between 1st April 2017 and 1st April 2018. Applicants should indicate their preferred start date on the application form. Exact start dates will be agreed with the appointing university to comply with their requirements.

What is offered?

The studentships are paid at the standard rate for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher in the relevant country and include a Mobility Allowance and, if applicable, a Family Allowance. ESRs will benefit from a generous Training Allowance to cover training, participation in research activities and travel to other network nodes, etc.

The host will provide the research environment and main training opportunities of the PhD, supplemented by network summer schools, training events and network meetings, which all ESRs are expected to attend. Secondments to our non-academic partners in areas of industry related to Monte Carlo modelling are strongly encouraged, as are research secondments to other nodes and partners of the network.

How to apply?

Fill out the online form here and attach your c.v. and a supporting statement detailing relevant experience and motivation (one or two pages would usually be sufficient).

In order that your eligibility for Marie Curie mobility actions can be assessed, ensure that you include all information on your countries of residence over the last three years and your educational qualifications including the date on which they were awarded.

Posts will be advertised by the MCnet partner that will employ each Early Stage Researcher between now and early summer 2017. Links to these adverts will be added to this page.

Application Process – Two Parts

To apply complete both:
  1. MCnetITN3 network application available here. You can do this now even if the post you are interested in has not yet been advertised by the host university.
  2. The host university's application process. Links will be added here when each university advertises the post(s) it will host. Each university will set its own submission deadline, please check the deadline in each advert.

What happens next?

Applications will be reviewed by the MCnet Management Committee to ensure the recruitment process is consistent and applications fit with the overall objectives of MCnetITN3. For each post the final recruitment decision will be made by the appointing university.