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OLIGOMED - Oligonucleotides for medical applications

ESR Recruitment Form

On-line recruitment form for the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Project OLIGOMED: European Training Network "Oligonucleotides for Medicinal Applications" - Project 956070.

OLIGOMED wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.


Recruitment is open for ESR Project 3 only. Applications for other ESR Projects will not be taken forward. The position remains open until filled, after which it will be removed from the eligibility list irrespective of deadlines or availability stated in other websites.

Should any other position become available again it will be reopened here.


Candidates who wish to apply for any of our open ESR positions are required to use the form below. The information provided will be distributed among the Beneficiaries according to the desired project. Selected candidates will be interviewed shortly after.

Please make sure that you read all information carefully, including at the bottom of this page.

Some host institutions also require that an additional application is being uploaded to their dedicated recruitment site. If this is the case you will be informed separately.

Eligibility conditions:

  • Early-Stage Researchers must, at the time of recruitment, hold a Master’s degree and be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • The Master’s degree must be in the discipline that is indicated in the relevant ESR project that you are applying for.
  • At the time of recruitment researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country where they are applying for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.
  • Proficiency in the English language is required, as well as good communication skills, both oral and written. Successful candidates will need to provide an English test (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge English). You may be exempt if you are a national of a majority native-English speaking country, or have qualifications / degree that has been taught and assessed in English.

The cut-off date for time restrictions is the effective start date of the employment (target 01/06/2021).

Required documents:

After submission of the form, you need to submit the following documents to the email address that will be provided.

  1. Curriculum vitae and studiorum.
  2. A certificate of University examinations taken (with marks).
  3. A final degree certificate translated in English. If, at the time of application, candidates should not be yet in possession of a degree certificate, they can submit it at the time of the examination.
  4. Your statement of interest (limit of 2,500 characters) explaining why you wish to be considered for the fellowship and which qualities and experience you will bring to the role.
  5. Up to two recommendation letters.
  6. If available, a document detailing an English Test from an internationally recognised provider.
    Personal information

    Please provide all personal information as requested.

    Eligibility check

    Please provide all information requested in order to determine your eligibility for a project.

    Application details

    Please indicate a maximum of 3 positions that you wish to apply for. List your choices in order of preference.

    Additional declarations

    Recruitment procedure

    • All applications received by the deadline will be checked for eligibility against the general criteria set out above. If an application is deemed not elegible, the candidate will be informed as soon as possible.
    • A Committee comprising OLIGOMED members will assign the candidates to Selection Committees (ESR specific Panel) according to their choices; the Selection Committees will have at least two members from within OLIGOMED (PIs) and - where required - including staff from the potential host institution.
    • The selected candidates will be interviewed on-line by the Panel. Exact dates and times will be arranged within each Panel; candidates should ensure that they are available in the week commencing 8 March 2021.
    • The recruitment team will ensure a centralised, transparent and efficient recruitment process that adheres to the European Charter and Code for Researchers.
    • The candidates will be informed of the interview outcome by email as soon as possible after the interview date. Successful candidates will have to send a formal e-mail notifying acceptance or rejection.

    Definitions used and criteria details as set by the European Commission:

    • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
    • 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).
    • Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.
    • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account. For international European interest organisations, international organisations, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or an 'entity created under Union law', recruited researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date at the same appointing organisation.

    General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

    OLIGOMED will process data collected from the applicants for recruitment purposes only, according to GDPR policies. The data will be kept for a period of five years after the end of the project for the purpose of an audit by the EU.

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