Early Stage Researcher

Dec 18, 2019
End of advertisement period
Jan 17, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Early Stage Researcher (ESR1) position (PhD study) - Critical nodes in ecogeomorphic systems (MSCA-ITN i-CONN Project)

An EU-funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) position is available for study towards a PhD in ecogeomorphic feedbacks and land degradation in drylands, in the Geography Department of Durham University, Durham, UK.

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week), fixed-term for 36 months, with a start date of 1st June 2020 and will require the successful candidate to register for the study for a PhD (NB applicants must NOT already have a PhD).

The successful applicant will carry out European Commission-funded research within the "i-CONN" network - Interdisciplinary connectivity: Understanding and managing complex systems using connectivity science - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (lTN) project (Grant Agreement no. 859937), which offers unique doctoral training and research opportunities, leading to the award of a PhD.

The EC funding for this position provides for a remuneration starting from £37,000. Actual salary will depend on employer deductions, personal circumstances and the exchange rate applicable to the fellowship. This amount includes an annual living allowance and a mobility allowance (to cover the expenses associated with working in a different country).

Allowance eligibility depends on the personal circumstances of the fellow:

Living Allowance: total amount €54,857.52 per year. This figure is inclusive of the country coefficient of 139.80%.

Mobility Allowance: total amount €7,200 per year. Family allowance: total amount €6,000 per year (eligibility depends on supporting evidence that at the time the ESR position starts the ESR is married, in a partnership equivalent to marriage in the country it was formalised or have dependent children).

Eligibility criteria To satisfy the eligibility requirements set for an Early Stage Researcher funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie you must be eligible to be appointed as an Early Stage Researcher in the UK - this means:


At the time of recruitment, you must not already hold a doctorate degree and you must be in the first 4 years of your research career (measured from the date of obtaining the degree which entitles you to embark on PhD studies)

At the time of recruitment, you must not have resided or carried out your main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to your start date;

Satisfy the eligibility requirements to enrol on a PhD degree. This includes acceptable English language requirements if English is not your first language.

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