Who can apply?

Anyone registered for a PhD in experimental or theoretical particle physics whose current research would benefit from a short period of integration into the MCnetITN3 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network and who satisfies the requirements to be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher.

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:

  • does not have more than 4 years full-time research experience from the date he/she obtained the degree entitling him/her to study for a doctorate,
  • does not hold a PhD, and
  • has not resided or carried out their main activity (work or study) in the country where the post is based for more than 12 months in the previous 36 months.

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


What are they for?

To enhance your current programme of research on a Monte Carlo-related topic by performing it in collaboration with the academics, postdocs and fellow students of the MCnet network, in the environment of one of the research teams of the network.

The research proposal in the application should clearly address the question of how the applicant's existing research and training programme will be enhanced by the short-term studentship, as well as the timeliness of the project and relevance to the aims of MCnet.


Where can they be held?

In any of the Beneficiaries of MCnetITN3: Manchester (UK), Durham (UK), Glasgow (UK), Goettingen (Germany), Karlsruhe (Germany), Louvain (Belguim), Lund (Sweden) and University College London (UK).

The project may involve short visits to the European Partners of MCnetITN3: CERN, Heidelberg (Germany) and Vienna (Austria) and other groups with whom MCnetITN3 members collaborate, but may not be based full-time there.

Applicants should indicate their preferred team on the application form, and make a case for the fit to this team in their research proposal. The network may in some cases offer a studentship in another team, if it is deemed more appropriate.

See here for information on the types of potential future projects appropriate at the different teams.


When are they for?

The studentships can begin from April 2017 onwards and are for a period of between three and six months.

Applicants should indicate their preferred start date and duration on the application form. Four months is considered to be the standard duration – applications for shorter or longer periods should be justified in the research proposal.


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 a Family Allowance that depends on your circumstances. Students will benefit from a generous Training Allowance to cover training, participation in research activities and travel to other network nodes, etc.

The precise details and rates of remuneration vary from team to team and can be obtained from the Team Leader of the relevant node, if necessary. Travel and collaboration within the network during the period of the studentship is particularly encouraged – specific plans could be detailed in the research proposal.


How to apply?

Before applying, we recommend that you contact the lead scientist at the appropriate institute or team, and develop a project proposal together.

Then fill out the online form here [LINK NEEDED] and attach your c.v. and a research proposal (one or two pages would usually be sufficient).

In order that your eligibility for Marie Skłodowska-Curie mobility actions can be assessed, ensure that you include all information on your countries of residence and activities over the last three years and the date on which your Masters, or equivalent educational qualification, was awarded.


What happens next?

We will contact your PhD supervisor for their letter of support.

The current deadline can be found on the short-term studentship top page. A decision will be made within a month thereafter. Unsuccessful applicants will be given feedback and, where relevant, encouraged to reapply.