Selection process

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for recruitment, you must comply with the following requirements:

  • Comply with the mobility rule. At the time of recruitment the candidates 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. Short stays, such as holidays, are not considered.

  • Comply with the early-stage researcher definition. At the time of recruitment by the hosting institution, the selected candidate is in the first four years (full‐time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and has not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the master’s degree, or an equivalent degree.

  • Fulfill the requirements to be able to enroll in a doctoral programme at the hosting institution/country.

  • No PhD awarded. Applicants are not eligible if they have already been awarded a PhD

  • Selected candidate must be willing to spend a prolonged time in another institute/country of the network during the PhD thesis period.

In some cases, additional requirements (e.g., internationally recognized English language qualifications achieved) and/or selection procedures based on local regulations might be needed).

How to apply

This call for applications is now closed!

Selection process

The BioInspireSensing selection process will be organized in the following steps:

  • Eligibility check: the BioInspireSensing management office will check that each application is complete and that applicants fulfil the eligibility criteria described in section 3.

  • Remote Evaluation: each eligible application will be assessed independently by the principal investigators and supervisors of its potential recruitment institution/company. They will select at least three candidates per position to pass through to the following stage.

  • Interviews: short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview (due to COVID-19, these interviews will probably be organized online through videoconference). At the end, we will have three lists of candidates: a) invited; b) reserve list; and c) not qualified/eligible.

  • Notifications: the BioInspireSensing Recruitment Committee will notify short-listed candidates of the outcome by e-mail as soon as possible after the interview. Successful candidates will have to send a formal e-mail with the acceptance or rejection of the position.

  • The Recruitment Committee will ensure a centralized, transparent and efficient recruitment process that adheres to the European Charter and Code for Researchers.


  • 3 years full time employment contract, The ITN Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme offers highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. Each fellowship includes the following:

o Monthly living allowance: 3,270 euro/month (€39,240/year); this amount is then adjusted through the application of a country correction coefficient to the living allowance of the country in which the researcher is recruited. The country correction coefficients can be found in Table 2 of the MSCA Work Programme.

o Monthly mobility allowance: 600 euro/month

o Monthly family allowance, if applicable and depending on the family situation: 500 euro/month.

o Social security coverage will be included in the recruited researcher employement contract.

The living allowance is a gross EU contribution to the researcher salary on a full-time basis. The net salary results after deductions of all direct taxes and compulsory social security contributions from the gross amount. The mobility and family allowances are fixed and not depend on the recruitment country but might be taxed depending on the country of recruitment.

  • Recruited researchers will be admitted in a doctoral program and joint university.

  • Acquisition of advanced research skills on sustainable bioinspired sensors development within a network combining an interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral environment.

  • Intersectoral secondments. Each researcher will spend around 10% of their time in both a company and academic secondments. The ESRs will directly experience the challenges involved in industrial and academic environments.

  • The training programme consisting of transferable skill courses, workshops, social and networking events.

  • Direct involvement in dissemination, exploitation and communication activities.


Call opening: 20 March 2021

Deadline for applications: 20 May 2021

Remote evaluation: 21 May – 10 June 2021

Interviews: 14 – 25 June 2021

Notification to candidates: 28 June – 9 July 2021

Date of appointment: September – December 2021