Recruitment

The PhD positions will be advertised via the INSECT DOCTORS website, the EU portal and the portals of the hiring agencies later this year. The start of the recruitment procedure is expected for end of November/start of December 2019.

The PhD projects will start in April or May 2020 and the PhD candidates will be hired by individual beneficiaries in the programme. They will all be enrolled in double degree constructions involving universities in two countries.

Eligibility rules

The EC has strict criteria for recruited researchers in ITN networks as outlined below. For all positions the eligibility of the researcher will be determined at the start of their appointment in INSECT DOCTORS. The associated Universities and Graduate Schools may have additional requirements as will be indicated in the job advertisements for each position.

The following criteria apply for all positions:

  • To be able to participate in INSECT DOCTORS you should hold an MSc degree in a relevant field and have sufficient knowledge of the English language as demonstrated by sufficient English language test results or proof of MSc education in English.
  • All PhD candidates recruited for INSECT DOCTORS must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) at the date of recruitment. This means that they should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
  • Candidates can be of any nationality, but they are required to move from one country to another when taking up their appointment (EC mobility rule). This means, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the start day of their appointment. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

Due to the mobility rule, it is very important to take notice of the hiring country for a particular PhD position (either Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, or UK). It does not matter where the second university involved in the double degree construction is located or whether secondments to other countries are involved.


The different PhD projects will be published on:

  • The Euraxess site
  • The National Academic Transfer Platforms
  • Nature Jobs
  • On individual Beneficiary and Partners websites
  • Through Twitter (when we have an account)