Are you an early career postdoctoral researcher wanting to create impact with your research while interacting with potential stakeholders of your research?
And do you want to further develop your skills in Open Science and Open Innovation?
Then you should definitely apply for a three-year YUFE postdoc position at one of the YUFE universities, and become a research ambassador of one of the first European Universities!
YUFE is the alliance of nine dynamic, young, student-centred and research-based universities and four non-academic partners from the non-governmental and private sector. They are collaborating to create an impactful European University.
With support of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie program (MSCA) COFUND grant, the YUFE universities launch a first call under YUFE4Postdocs for 29 postdoc positions with a duration of 36 months. The indicative starting date for appointment is 1st January 2024.
The call is open for early career postdoctoral researchers from around the world and from all disciplines as long as their proposal addresses one or more societal challenges or opportunities, framed in an urban context. Candidates further define their research training project within one of the two YUFE focus areas open in this call : Sustainability or Digital Societies.
Postdoctoral positions are open in the following YUFE universities:
|YUFE university||Number of positions in this call|
|University of Antwerp||4|
|University of Eastern Finland||3|
|University of Bremen||3|
|University of Cyprus||3|
|Universidad Carlos III de Madrid||3|
|University of Rijeka||3|
|Nicolaus Copernicus University Torun||3|
|University of Essex*||2|
*The postdoc positions at University of Essex will be supported by the UK Government through the official guarantee.
The YUFE universities welcome candidates for positions within the entire university. However, in the University of Maastricht positions are offered only by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; the School of Economics & Business and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.
Overall objective of the YUFE4Postdocs program and its calls
Guided by our vision to create a true European University with an integrated R&I agenda, the YUFE4Postdocs call holds a twofold objective. Firstly, it supports and grows research talent and professional career development. Secondly, it will intiate or deepen research collaboration between host universities and beyond.
Firmly embedded within their local urban ecosystems, the YUFE universities want to deliver impact within and beyond their urban communities. This defines the characteristics of this call:
We advise that candidates first identify and secure a supervisor at a YUFE host university, before approaching potential co-supervisors in the other YUFE universities. All YUFE universities, including Maastricht University, welcome candidates to approach co-supervisors in all their faculties, departments, centres or research groups.
For support in finding a supervisor or co-supervisor in the YUFE universities, candidates can consult the Inventory available on the YUFE4Postdocs website: www.yufe4postdocs.eu or consult the local contact person, called the Navigator. Contact details of Navigators are also on the website.
Objectives of the Research Training projects
Urban challenges and opportunities
With the broad character of the research called for, applications in all disciplines are welcomed.
Candidates identify one or more societal challenges framed in an urban context in their project. The urban context refers to people, communities, environments, organisations, structures and processes identifiable within cities and their surroundings. They are to define societal impact on a short, mid or longer term with relevance for one or more “stakeholders groups” and/or “stakeholder representative organisations” in an urban context.
An interdisciplinary approach in the research project is not required. However, when considered relevant, it will be positively assessed in the evaluation process.
Project applications should have an interest beyond the agenda and interests of a single stakeholder organisation. Therefore research projects that are tailored one-on-one to the agenda or interests of an individual organisation (public or private) without generic relevance for similar stakeholder organisations, are not compatible with this call.
Candidates define their research project within one of the two YUFE focus areas: Sustainability or Digital Societies. The selection of the focus area depends on the primary focus of their project, more specifically the urban challenge or opportunity that the prospective research addresses:
There is no pre-allocation of postdoc positions to the focus areas.
Selection of candidates
The selection process comprises an initial eligibility check followed by a peer review process, with three independent experts assessing every application. The assessment reports will feed into the Selection Committees, one for each focus domain, that will rank the applications. A ranking will be made within each focus domain for every host university. Subsequently, ranking lists are merged for every host university. Selected candidates are nominated for appointment in the respective host universities, according to the ranking list. In one of the host universities, according to legal requirements, a complementary step (an interview) will follow. This additional step will not require a new application by candidates, nor will it impact on the timing of the appointments.
Program offer and conditions
A successful candidate:
The host universities offer:
In line with the MSCA regulations, in case of recruited researchers with disabilities whose long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments are such that their participation in YUFE4postdocs would not be possible without extra financial support, a special needs allowance can be requested. The host university will use this allowance to ensure necessary staff assistance or for adapting the work environment.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted via the YUFE4Postdocs application portal, that will be open on 1st March, 2023. It is accessible through the YUFE4Postdocs website.
Applicants will be asked to complete key contact and project information on the application portal and to upload the following documents in English, for which templates are provided:
Applicants can submit one application for this call.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 midnight (CET) on Sunday 7th May 2023.
Interested candidates should consult the following information:
Further assistance is available:
The YUFE4PostdocsHelpdesk can be consulted for both general questions about the program and specific questions related to a prospective host university. The email address is: email@example.com
A live webinar will be organised on 10th March 2023, with time for Q&A.
Yufe4Postdocs (Y4P) is an ambitious training programme co-funded by Horizon Europe’s Marie Sklodowska-Curie programme.Visit the employer page