ITN MMMPA

 

CALLS FOR AVAILABLE POSITIONS

Early-Stage Researchers (36-months PhD candidate position) starting in September, 2012
ID Title Based at Status
MMMPA-ESR01 Evolution of marine forests in the Mediterranean MPAs and ecological restoration University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis, ECOMERS laboratory, in Nice (France) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR02 Coralligenous assemblages assessment Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente, UniversitÓ Politecnica delle Marche, in Ancona (Italy) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR03 Development and assessment of biotic tools for coastal lagoon ecosystems Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, in Athens (Greece) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR04 Sediment metabolism and secondary production of macrobenthos as indicators of ecosystem functioning Department of Zoology-Marine Biology, University of Athens, in Athens (Greece) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR05 Trophic relationships in Marine Protected Areas University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis, ECOMERS laboratory, in Nice (France) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR06 Connectivity among populations of the genus Patella and other marine invertebrates among Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas Interdepartmental Research Centre for Environmental Science of the University of Bologna, in Ravenna (Italy) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR07 Connectivity of Mediterranean reef fish populations and MPA design Department of Ecology and Hydrology, University of Murcia, in Murcia (Spain) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR08 Community-based management of Mediterranean MPAs: marine governance, social capital and participatory methods Department of Ecology and Hydrology, University of Murcia, in Murcia (Spain) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR09 Innovative approaches and methodologies in benthic bio-cartography and decision support systems for MPAs  UBICA s.r.l., in Genoa, and Interdepartmental Research Centre for Environmental Science of the University of Bologna, in Ravenna (Italy) Assigned
MMMPA-ESR10 Integrated Coastal Zone Management Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell'Ambiente, UniversitÓ Politecnica delle Marche, in Ancona (Italy) Assigned

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Experienced Researchers (postdoctoral 6-months position) starting in September, 2012
ID Title Based at Status
MMMPA-ER01 Sediment metabolism and secondary production of macrobenthos as indicators of ecosystem functioning Department of Zoology-Marine Biology, University of Athens, in Athens (Greece) Ended
MMMPA-ER02 Trophic relationships in Marine Protected Areas University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis, ECOMERS laboratory, in Nice (France) Ended
MMMPA-ER03 Connectivity of Mediterranean reef fish populations and MPA design Department of Ecology and Hydrology, University of Murcia, in Murcia (Spain) Ended
MMMPA-ER04 Integrated Coastal Zone Management and Web-GIS UBICA s.r.l., in Genoa (Italy) Ended

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Application procedure

Each applicant must provide:

  • The fulfilled and signed application form (here available: ESR)
  • A motivational letter
  • A complete and signed Curriculum Vitae written in English
  • Copy of the ID card or Passport
  • Two recommendation letters written by academics (including contact details of the recommenders)
  • Additional optional documents (e.g. driving and/or diving licenses where required, language certificate, courses attendance certificates, etc.)

Each applicant can send only one application form, where ESR may indicate two possible positions. All documents should be provided in PDF by email to MMMPA secretariat (info@mmmpa.eu). Additional requirements may be asked by each employer as well as from universities where PhD positions will be available.

Admission requirements

Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) must, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) 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 country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

Experienced Researchers (ER) must, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. They must also, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, have less than five years of full-time equivalent research experience.

Conditions of Mobility of Researchers (both ESR and ER)

Researchers can be of any nationality. They are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation 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. Note that the mobility rule applies to the partner where the researcher is recruited, and not to partners to which the researcher is seconded.

Selection procedure & criteria

Eligibility check: In a first phase all applications will be checked on their technical admission requirements (such as required documents, diploma & language requirements and the recommendation letters). In case candidates do not fulfill these requirements they will not be academically reviewed. This preparatory phase of selection is organised by the MMMPA secretariat.

Evaluation: The applications for ESR (36 months) and ER (6 months) positions will be examined according to a two-step procedure:

1st step: The application form will be evaluated according to several criteria:
- scientific quality (academic results, technical proficiency);
- ability to carry out an individual project;
- potential for excellence;
- motivation to thematic and geographical mobility;
- quality of reference letters.
According to these criteria, applicants with status A will then be invited for an interview at the chosen employer seat (2nd step), whereas applicants with status B will not.

2nd step (applicants with status A): The applicant's interview will be evaluated with criteria related to:
- quality of the oral presentation;
- interest shown by the applicant during the position presentation, the lab visit and the final discussion.

For applicants
coming from far away can be arranged a telephone or skype interview. The evalutaions will be performed by concertation inside the scientific committee, composed of the MMMPA co-ordinator, the employer supervisor, a PhD supervisor (if different from the employer supervisor), and a team of 3 experts chosen by the employer supervisor. In some cases, further evaluations from local PhD commissions may be needed.

 

MMMPA - Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement no.: 290056.

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