September 2010, 2nd Edition

EURAXESS Jobs caters more effectively to your needs


EURAXESS Jobs is the one-stop-shop to search job vacancies and fellowship opportunities from over 30 European countries. In addition, an extensive database
of CVs of research talents from around the world is available for employers to find the right candidate. This constantly evolving research career website has now improved even further, catering to researchers and employers with the following services:

  • Brand new section on fellowship programmes: offering a wide variety of fellowship opportunities in fields ranging from chemistry and neurosciences to ethics in health sciences. You can search this section not only by field, but also by destination,
    the career stage you are in, the nationality and residence you have.

  • More national EURAXESS websites: the EURAXESS Services Centres have been active in developing their sites. To date there are 29 national portals providing you with specific information on the country’s research landscape and further targeted job vacancies. The number is growing constantly to provide you with even more information.

  • A tutorial video on how to make the most of EURAXESS Jobs as an employer is now available in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. It provides details on how to publish job vacancies and fellowship opportunities.

  • The first ever edition of the EURAXESS Magazine provides you with news on EURAXESS and the many success stories from around the world. Enjoy scrolling through this interactive magazine.

  • Improved functionalities for the job vacancies and fellowships search pages. These include a search assist functionality and the newly added QR code allowing you to link individual job or fellowship opportunities to your smart phone for immediate processing.

New Project:

Energy international research staff exchange scheme

The DG RTD's Directorate for Energy has launched a call for a researcher exchange programme in the field of energy open to research entities from the EU, US and Japan. This unique pilot action aims at providing support to European energy research entities in order to establish or reinforce long-term research
cooperation by exchanging researchers for short periods between Europe
and the US or Europe and Japan.

The scheme is very similar to the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) launched in 2008: The staff exchange programme can have a maximum duration of four years, while the maximum duration of the individual staff exchanges is one year. The amount of the fixed EU contribution is € 1900 per exchanged staff member per month.

Researchers participating in this exchange programme will be “seconded” from their research entities maintaining their salary and the possibility to return to their institution of origin after the exchange programme is concluded.

The FP7 funded call will close on 16th November 2010.

Success story:

Christophe from France:
“In cases like mine, I can't imagine how the system could be any better”

Christophe moved from France to Norway in January 2008 to accept a post-doctoral research fellowship at Physics of Geological Processes, a Centre of Excellence at UiO (University of Oslo), where Karin Brastad, of the EURAXESS Local Contact Point at the University, was ready with information and assistance. "It was really helpful to have a contact person to turn to for all the necessary information," Christophe recalls.

He is pleased with his overall reception at the UiO and found the Norwegian system for receiving foreign researchers to be very straightforward. Getting his Norwegian national identity number, the key to a smooth transition, went quickly.

The Norwegian identity number is the key to opening a bank account, obtaining a tax card, setting up salary payment, being assigned a local doctor, and many other necessities. He was assigned a personal identity number so quickly that he was able to start working straightaway.

Christophe came to Norway with his partner, who is also employed at UiO. What attracted the couple to Norway in the first place was their desire to experience something different and to try living in a country where people have a closeness to nature. Other factors were the high-calibre research being conducted at the Physics of Geological Processes centre and the good working conditions.

“I've really gotten to know the group at the centre, Christophe adds, - and it is an easy place to integrate into.” The working language is English, and all the information is prepared in or translated into English.

Christophe's post-doctoral research fellowship draws to a close in 2010; where he will head from there is still unknown.


The Life Sciences BioVision.Nxt Forum - fellowships available

The 2011 edition of the BioVision.Nxt Forum will take place in Lyon, France, from 27th to 29th March. Researchers have the opportunity to apply for a fellowship to participate in this Forum and take up the unique advantage to interact with experts from different life sciences disciplines and get an overview of the future breakthroughs from leading world class scientists.

BioVision.Nxt is a leading life sciences Forum, launched in 2001 and taking place every two years in Lyon. The Forum brings together scientists, key leaders and representatives from industry, politics and civil society. It provides participants with insights into current and future developments where life sciences can make a difference. It is also an excellent opportunity to bring you up to date on the latest advances in the different life sciences fields and to discuss and network with top scientists from around the world.

In next year's 3-day edition, scientists and world class leaders will discuss views on major contemporary global issues in health, nutrition and environment. Around 150 PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers are expected as well as 200 to 300 other science students and around 80 speakers including Nobel Prize laureates, renowned professors and researchers, CEOs of pharmaceutical groups, policy makers, and NGO leaders.

To support participation, fellowships are available for doctoral candidates or postdocs. Applications need to be submitted by 30th September 2010.