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Q&A and recruitment news

The recruitment call will open early April and then the application links will be automatically added to the projects.

The application deadline for all projects is 19 May 2019.

MSC mobility eligibility explained: Eligible researchers have not resided or carried out their main activity, such as work or studies, in the Netherlands for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of appointment (= reference date). Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Career eligibility explained: At the date of appointment (= reference date) ESRs must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. They are required to have a MSc in natural sciences, at the date of appointment, relevant to NESSC research, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, ecology, earth sciences and environmental sciences.

Q-What are the evaluation criteria?

A – All applications will be judged on the four evaluation criteria, which will be scored between 0-5, the threshold score for each of criterium is 3.0.
1- Education background: MSc degree, topic of research projects and grades obtaiend (weight 35%)
2- Motivation for the position(s) as inferred from the letter and (when invited for interview) enthusiasm during the interview (weight 35%)
3- Presentation skills and (when invited for interview) performance during interview (weight 20%)
4- English language proficiency (weight 10%)

Q- Can I apply for multiple positions?

A – Applications will only be considered: if received through the mandatory online application form; that are specified and motivated for the specific position; are completed/finished. The maximum number of positions one can apply for is three. Please indicate in your motivation letter your motiviation to each of your choices, including an order of preference.

Q- I am currently completing my master's study, but will not finish before hte recruitment call deadline, what should I do?

A- Please mention in your application the date you expect to finish your study and the date you expect to receive your degree. You can show e.g. the results you already received and the subjects of your MSc study etc. You should have finished your study before the appointment date and receive your diploma shortly after (maximum three months after your appointment). In the case you haven’t yet finished your MSc studies, please include a written statement of your supervisor.

Q-When is the expected employment date?

A- This will be between September and December 2019, there is some flexibility in the starting date, dependent on whether visa’s need to be arranged. The latest possible appointment date is 1 April 2020.

Q-Do I need to be able to show a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score?

A- If you have or something similar, yes please. If you do not have a TOEFL score or something similar please describe (how you have obtained) your excellent proficiency of the English language (both oral and written).

Please do not email us your CV and motivation letter. Applications will only be considered if received through the mandatory online application system (via the application links) and if completed and submitted. Use your motivation letter to convince the PI you are the most excellent, smart and suitable candidate for the specific position you have chosen.
Please use your common sense in what you should and/or can show us with your application in convincing us that you: are eligible, have finished your MSc before the appointment date and have an excellent proficiency of the English language (both oral and written), etc.

 

When in doubt please contact the NESSC office