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General information on the call

QUSTEC held a main call for applications for its 39 positions from May 15th to August 19th 2019 and a reserve call from January 7th to March 9th 2020. However, as of August 19th 2020, five positions are not filled and can be applied for until September 30th 2020. Our selection and evaluation procedure follows open, transparent, merit-based principles and is built on international peer review. For further details, see the evaluation process.

Our target group are early stage researchers (ESR) with a background in the STEM fields, of all ages and nationalities. For the eligibility criteria, please see below and check the guide for applicants.

Candidates can apply for up to three positions but have to clearly indicate their priority (see specifications in the guide for applicants).

Eligibility criteria

QUSTEC has two eligibility criteria:

  • Level of experience is ‘Early Stage Researcher’, according to the definition in the work programme of the 2018-2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions: Applicants must be, at the date of the respective call deadline of QUSTEC, in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Mobility criterion: The applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the future host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline of QUSTEC. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as period of residence/activity in the country of the host organisation.

The QUSTEC programme manager will check the eligibility of submitted applications after the submission deadline.

There are no exceptions to these rules. The call deadline is September 30th 2020, 17.00 Brussels time.

Selection process

The selection process will be carried out in two stages:

  • A written application, counting for 60% of the ranking.
  • An oral application (interview), counting for 40% of the ranking.

Only candidates having passed a combined threshold of 70% in the first phase will be invited to the interview stage. For further details on the selection criteria and process, please see the guide for applicants.