ECO Research Fellowships in Environmental Science

Deadline: depends on programm
Open to: students in life sciences/mathematics/chemistry
Fund: depends on programm

The Environmental ChemOinformatic (ECO) is a collaborative action of seven groups from five EU countries. It is aimed to prepare a new generation of environmental scientists who will contribute to implementation (but not limited to) of new European legislation on chemical substances (REACH). Funded by the European Commission.

Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) are aimed at improving the career perspectives of European researchers who are in the first five years of their career by offering structured training in well defined scientific and technological areas as well as providing complementary skills and exposing the researchers to other sectors including private companies.

ECO provides eleven positions leading towards PhD, Long-Term Fellowships, (Early Stage Researchers in EU terminology) and one postdoctoral appointment (Experienced Researcher in EU terminology) starting March 2010. Moreover 37 Short-Term Fellowships (Early Stage Researchers in EU terminology) will be appointed during 2010-2013.


ECO welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates. In all cases a life science/mathematics/chemistry background and a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent is needed. People from outside of the EU are welcome to apply and will be eligible unless they have been recent residents in the EU country to which they are applying.

The applicants may not have MSc at the time of application, but they should expect to receive it at least before middle of 2010.
Early Stage Researcher (LTF and STF posts) researchers in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the period of research training, starting at the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the initial training activities are provided) irrespective whether or not a doctorate is envisaged. (article III.1 of Annex III)

Experienced Researcher means researchers which:
1) already in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it or
2) having at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) after obtaining the degree which formally allows them to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the degree/diploma was obtained or in the country where the initial training activities are provided. (article III.1 of Annex III).
Additional restriction comes from III.3 article of Annex III: c) Qualifications and research experience – Experienced researchers as defined in Article III.1, within the first five years of their career in research. Moreover, following restrictions further apply:

  • Nationality Researchers can be nationals of any country other than the country of the premises of the host organization where they will carry out their project. Exceptions: * researchers with more than one nationality: can be recruited in the country of nationality in which he/she has not resided during the previous 5 years * researchers who have legally resided and have had their principal activity (work, studies, etc) in a third country for at least three out of the last four years
  • Mobility Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the host for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment
  • In addition to the EU rules below, you will need to satisfy local regulations for the country in which you wish to work, which may mean you need a visa, work permit, etc.

For more information about eligibility, click here or contact ECO, who might be able to suggest you the position you’re eligible for.


Important dates:

Please, apply as soon as possible to be selected. The fellows will be recruited until all positions will be filled in. The latest possible starting date for Long-Term Fellowships is Sep 2010.
The (Experienced Researcher and the 37 Short-Term Fellowships can be taken up at a later date.

Apply for any of these positions:

LTR / ER – (Long Term Researcher / Experienced Researcher)
STR – (Short Term Researcher)

For more information, click here.

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