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Recruitment of 15 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR Fellows

RECOMS is a Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission (2018-2022). RECOMS is comprised of a transdisciplinary consortium of scientists, practitioners and change agents from eleven public, private and non-profit organisations, located in six European Union countries: Austria, Belgium, England, Finland, Germany and The Netherlands. 

The purpose of RECOMS is to train 15 Early Stage Research (ESR) Fellows in innovative, transdisciplinary and transformative approaches to promoting and facilitating resourceful and resilient community environmental practice.

The 15 Early Stage Research Fellow vacancies are now CLOSED for applications.

In addition to engaging in a series of collaborative research and training activities, recruited ESRs will be supported in pursuing a doctoral study project. If you are highly motivated; inspired by learning and undertaking innovative research, thinking and knowledge exchange across disciplines, institutional boundaries and wider society; and wish to be part of an advanced, international, network of creative change agents specialising in resourceful and resilient community environmental practice; then one of these ESR vacancies could be the ideal appointment for you.

Co-supervised by academic and non-academic partners, the RECOMS ESRs will be encouraged to critically, practically, and creatively explore the contribution and relationships between their individual doctoral study projects across three interconnecting research themes: Unlocking and Empowering; Adapting and Transforming; Collaborating and Connecting. That is:

  • Empowering and unlocking the potential of vulnerable communities to become more resourceful
  • Strengthening the adaptive and transformative capacity of local groups through resourceful environmental practice as critical to building community resilience
  • Encouraging a more just and inclusive approach to stimulating community resourcefulness by nurturing broader participation in resourceful environmental practices.

A core feature of the RECOMS programme - both with respect to informing the design and delivery of all the training, as well as enabling and maximising opportunities for knowledge exchange through research and associated outputs - will be the incorporation of a broad range of visual and creative research methods and modes of communication.

The employment contract start date for all 15 ESR positions will be 1st September 2018. The deadline for applications is March 1st 2018. For further information on each of the positions, the corresponding doctoral study projects and host institutions, the recruitment process and links to the individual recruitment pages, please see below. More information can also be found via the following links:

 

Vacancies - ESR Fellows

Research theme cluster 1: Unlocking and Empowering

ESR2: Urban Agroecology for Health and Wellbeing 

Country: England.

Host: Coventry University, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Apply here for ESR 2

ESR3: Co-creating Urban Waterways as Socially Diverse Spaces

Country: England.

Host: Coventry University, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Apply here for ESR 3

ESR5: Perceptions of Risk: Adaptive Community Strategies

Country: The Netherlands. Host: University of Groningen, Department of Spatial Planning and Environment

Apply here for ESR 5

ESR6: Citizenship and Responsive Governance

Country: The Netherlands. Host: University of Groningen, Department of Spatial Planning and Environment

Apply here for ESR 6

ESR14: Environmental Justice through Resourceful Engagement

Country: Belgium. Host: Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. (ILVO)

Apply here for ESR 14


Research theme cluster 2: Adapting and Transforming

ESR1: Transforming Urban Environments: a Collaborative Approach

Country: England.

Host: Coventry University, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience

Apply here for ESR 1

ESR8: Nature Based Cultures in Vulnerable Communities

Country: Finland. Host: Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Apply here for ESR 8

ESR10: Transforming the Bavarian Forest: Historical Perspective

Country: Germany. Host: LMU Munich, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Apply here for ESR 10

ESR11: Transformation and Restoration: Portland and Munich

Country: Germany. Host: LMU Munich, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Apply here for ESR 11

ESR12: Farms as Coupled Social-Ecological Systems

Country: Austria. Host: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Apply here for ESR 12


Research theme cluster 3: Connecting and Collaborating

ESR4: Building Coalitions: Socio-Spatial Planning

Country: The Netherlands. Host: University of Groningen, Department of Spatial Planning and Environment

Apply here for ESR 4

ESR7: Climate Adaptation and Socio-Spatial Planning: Waterways

Country: The Netherlands. Host: Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands

Apply here for ESR 7

ESR9: Green Economies and Ecosystem Services

Country: Finland. Host: Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)

Apply here for ESR 9

ESR13: Managing Social-Ecological Systems for Resilience

Country: Austria. Host: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)

Apply here for ESR 13

ESR15: Participatory GIS: Community Management of Open Space

Country: Belgium. Host: Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. (ILVO)

Apply here for ESR 15

 

Benefits

The ESR Fellow positions are fixed term for 36-months (beginning September 1st 2018). The ESR Fellows will be employed with normal social security coverage by the host institutions and will have all benefits provided for in the MSCA-ITN early career fellowship regulations, including a highly competitive remuneration, living allowances and mobility expenses.

As part of their employment contract individual ESR Fellows will be registered (subject to eligibility) as a doctoral student. In the case of ESRs hosted by non-academic institutions, they will be registered for doctoral study at either another academic institution participating in the RECOMS programme, or at another University within their host country of study. 

In accordance with the aims of MSCA-ITNS, the opportunity to undertake a short secondment at two of the other (public, private and third sector) institutions participating in RECOMS forms an integral part of the programme. In addition the ESR fellows will also have regular opportunities to visit the participating institutions as part of the schedule of research and training events.

 

Eligibility Criteria

In accordance with the rules of the MSCA-ITN, as specified by the European Commission, in order to be eligible for an ESR fellowship position:

-          Applicants must NOT have resided in the country of the (host) recruiting institution* for more than twelve months in the three years immediately before the recruitment date (and not have carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country) – unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention [*for (host) recruiting institution per individual ESR position, see above]

-          Applicants MUST – at the start date of the employment contract [1st September 2018] – be an ‘early stage researcher’: they must be in the first four years of their research career and NOT have a doctoral degree.

For further information on full eligibility requirements please see individual application pages.

 

Requirements

-          We are seeking candidates who have a strong affinity with the RECOMS topic, are motivated by practicing multi- and transdisciplinary forms of research inquiry and who wish to gain a broad and advanced range of scientific and professional skills. Candidates should be willing to engage in participatory and action-learning based forms of research, training and knowledge exchange. Working collaboratively with the other RECOMS ESR fellows, and individually through their doctoral research projects, they should be enthusiastic towards exploring and experimenting with visual and creative methods and modes of communication.

-          The candidates should have proven skills in written and oral communication, be fluent in English and understand the aims, rules and procedures of MSCA Innovative Training Networks.

-          In accordance with the aims of MSCA-ITNs, and the research, secondment and training schedule of RECOMS, ESR Fellows should be prepared and available to travel to other countries (primarily within the EU) at regular intervals during their contract of employment.

-          Preferred qualifications for candidates include excellent grades, research talent (as proven by the master thesis, publications, participation in research projects) and personal ambition.

-          An IELTS English language test may be required.

-          Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview during April/May 2018.Where candidates are short-listed for an interview they will be required to submit a personal statement of motivation and short plan for their doctoral research, together with documentary evidence of their eligibility in conformity with the above listed regulations of MSCA-ITNs. Further information will be provided on these requirements at the point of announcement of short-listing.

-          Candidates should be available to start from September 1st 2018.

If you are shortlisted for interview, please note the interview panel will consist of the host and non-host institution RECOMS partners. Your application will be available to all panel members from submission for the purpose of assessing your suitability for the post.

 

For general enquiries and further information on the RECOMS programme please contact Dr Alex Franklin alex.franklin@coventry.ac.uk

 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765389