Eligibility criteria and employment conditions

15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) will be employed in the M-GATE ITN Project. Each ESR will receive comprehensive and multi-faceted training in general and transferable skills, scientific know-how and technical skills by: • Local training at the host institution benefiting from direct supervision an doctoral schools • Secondments of 2-3 months in 1-3 other M-GATE partner institutes • Participation in up to 17 network-wide trainings on theoretical, computational and experimental topics. Each ESR will be exposed to academic and non-academic environments.

Job offers

Currently, M-GATE is open to applications for the 15 ESR positions. We are seeking brilliant, highly-motivated graduates with a background in neuroscience, biology or exact sciences (precise requirements will vary from project to project), holding a degree that can allow them to enrol in a PhD programme and who are keen to spend three years in growing their career in a joint academia-industry context at a European level. Candidates are expected to speak and write English fluently.

Eligibility / requirements:

At the date of recruitment[1] by M-GATE, applicants:

  1. must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling her/him to embark on a doctorate) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree;
  2. may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the start of the project. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national services not taken into account.

[1] Date of Recruitment means the first day of the employment of the researcher for the purposes of the action (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract).

Employment Conditions

The selected candidates will be employed with a fulltime contract. The salary follows the Marie Curie-Skłodowska ITN funding Scheme.


On top of the regular compensation, an extra allowance will be available to cover mobility expenses. A correction factor will be applied per country; therefore, the exact gross salary will be confirmed upon appointment. A career development plan will be prepared for each fellow in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner laboratories of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment. For more information please visit the Marie Curie-Skłodowska website

Salary and Benefits

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment. It consists of:

  • a living allowance (= 3110 euro/month [the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules apply a correction factor to this amount to allow for the cost of living in different countries


  • a monthly mobility and family allowance (= 600 or 1100 euro/month depending on the family situation).

It must be noted that the living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the salary costs of the researcher. Consequently, the net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer/employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts. The rate indicated here is for researchers devoting themselves to their project on a full-time basis. The mobility and family allowance is a fixed amount, regardless of the country of recruitment, and may be taxable depending on the country in question. More details in Sections 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3 of this document.

The research project is aimed at defending a thesis and obtaining a PhD degree at the end of the fellowship. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all positions will benefit from further continuing training, which includes internships and secondments (All ESRs will be seconded at several partner sites), a variety of training modules as well as transferable skills courses, active participation in workshops and conferences, and exposure to large enterprises, SMEs and Universities from different European countries involved in M-GATE ETN.

How to apply

  • Project(s):applicants can select up to two (2) preferred projects from the list available at www.mgate.eu;
  • Required documents:a full CV, a motivation letter including a description of previous research experiences and contact details or recommendation letters of two 2 referees. Only documents in English will be accepted.
  • Submission:applicants should submit the documentation to info@mgate.eu writing on the subject line M-GATE application and the number of their selected projects (Ex: Projects 3 and 10) by ThursdayNovember 30th, 2017 (5pm GMT).

The deadline for applications is officially closed, but you can still submit your application, which we may take into consideration if no suitable candidates can be selected from the initial round of applications. Please also see the specific projects since for some of them we clearly have sufficient applications.

Selection process:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews (by telephone and/or Skype and/or in person interview) and positions will be offered to candidates following approval by the M-GATE training committee and coordinator.

  • For informal queries regarding the application proces and eligibility criteria, contact info@mgate.eu.
  • For informal queries regarding specific projects contact the respective Principal Investigator.