Early Stage Researcher (Marie Curie)

Durham (County) (GB)
£40568.44 - £41472.05 per annum
10 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Apr 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Role 

We are seeking applications for an ESR PhD positions to start in spring 2020. The successful applicants will be located at Durham University, Department of Physics (UK)

The project is supported through the MCnetITN3 Horizon2020 Marie Curie Initial Training Network, which aims at improving the theoretical description of particle collisions.

The EC funding for this position provides for a remuneration starting from £27,125. 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). 

Under the terms of the EC funding, to be eligible for the post you must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past three years. 

This is a full-time position (35 hours per week), fixed-term for 6 months 

To satisfy the eligibility requirements set for a ESR funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie you must be eligible to be appointed as an ESR in the UK - this means:

* At the time of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained 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 U.K., irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.
* At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the U.K. for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Short stays such as holidays and/or compulsory national service are not taken into account.
* At the starting time of the position the candidates must have completed the courses that would have allowed them to enrol in a doctorate program either in the country where they are studying or in the U.K.
* Candidates must be registered for a PhD in experimental or theoretical particle physics where their current research would benefit from a short period of integration into the MCNetITN3 Research Training Network.


  • Perform research in Monte Carlo simulations with the SHERPA general purpose Monte Carlo event generator.
  • Meet the members of the supervisory team on a regular basis.
  • Participate in the activities of the Network as specified in the Grant Agreement and/or required by the node coordinator, including secondments in other network nodes and taking part in the network meetings and in the training activities.
  • Write up the results of the research activity and present research papers and publications at meetings and conferences, as advised by the supervisors.
  • Widen the personal knowledge in the research area and undertake complementary training.
  • Keep records of the activities, such as secondments, visits, leave of absence

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