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IES Call For Interest for Grantholders

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Located in Ispra (Italy), the Institute for Environment and Sustainability is one of the seven institutes that constitute the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.In line with the JRC mission, the aim of IES is to provide scientific and technical support to the European Union strategies for the protection of the environment contributing to a sustainable development. IES works in close collaboration with official laboratories, research centres and industries of the EU’s Member States, creating a bridge between the EU’s policies and the European citizen.The combination of complementary expertise in the fields of experimental sciences, modelling and remote sensing put the IES in a strong position to contribute to the implementation of the European Research Area and to the achievement of a sustainable development.Being structured in six scientific Units, the Institute at present is engaged within seven main fields of activity:

  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources: Water, Soils, Forests
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Environmental Risks and Natural Hazards
  • Sustainable transport and Air Quality
  • Environmental Dimension of Development Co-operation
  • Environmental Monitoring and Information Systems: GMES and INSPIRE

In order to increase and reinforce its capacity, and in order to encourage researcher to enhance their experience in an international, multicultural and multidisciplinary environment, the Institute for Environment and Sustainability is launching a call for interest for Grantholders for Doctoral, Post-doctoral and Senior Research Positions.

The grants are aimed at developing training and mobility opportunities for researchers throughout their careers.

We are committed to a strong policy of equal opportunities. We will not discriminate against researchers in any way on the basis of gender, age, ethnic, national or social origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, language, disability, political opinion, social or economic condition.

Category 20 – PhD STUDENTS (12-36 months)This category is intended for students who submit a proposal for doctoral studies related to a research area published in the institute’s call for interest for grantholders. Prior agreement to follow the research project must be obtained from the professor responsible for following the thesis at the student’s university (not obligatory at the time of the application). The selected candidates must provide proof of enrolment in a university’s doctoral studies programme before the grant may start and will have not more than six months from the date of the Commission’s offer of a grantholder contract to produce this proof of enrolment.

Category 30 – POST-DOC RESEARCHERS (12-36 months) Researchers holding a doctoral degree or having fulfilled all the obligations to obtain a PhD (certified by the their university) or having a minimum of 5 years research experience after the first university degree giving access to doctoral studies (which may include periods of training such as a masters degree), in a field relevant to the IES’s scientific activities.

Category 40 – SENIOR RESEARCHERS (3-24 months)Any senior scientist with a proven reputation in a field of science relevant to the IES ‘s scientific activities and who has a minimum of 10 years research experience at post-doctoral level or a minimum of 15 years research experience after the university degree giving access to doctoral studies (which may include periods of training such as a master degree).

The call for interest will remain open throughout the year but the available positions will be published for a minimum of 4 weeks, following the needs and the budget availability of the Institute. The cut off date is clearly defined in the text of the call.

The provisions of the grantholder contracts and their particular terms and conditions (e.g. remuneration, taxation, social security, leaves, etc.) can be found in the Vademecum (ENIT) . The grants are governed by the NEW Administrative rules applicable from the 17th of February (please note that the old administrative rules are not anymore applicable) to the recruitment of grantholders under national law contracts within the framework of the research programmes managed by the Joint Research Centre (Draft Employment Contract under Italian Employment Law ENIT). Specific conditions: exceptional circumstances for derogation in the sequence of grantholder contracts (art.5 of Administrative rules).

If you are interested in one of the projects published (see list below), please submit an on-line application, specifying the number of the project you are interested in, the category of the grantholder, the duration and the possible starting date.

IES Contact Information Point:

More information:


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