Are you an early career postdoctoral researcher wanting to create impact with your research?
Would you like to learn more about how to interact with potential stakeholders of your research and further develop your skills in Open Science and Open Innovation?
Then you should definitely apply for a three-year YUFE4 postdoc position at one of the YUFE universities!
YUFE is the alliance of ten dynamic, young, student-centred and research-based universities and two non-academic partners from the non-governmental and private sector. They are collaborating to create an impactful European University.
With the support of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie program (MSCA) COFUND grant, the second (and final) call is launched under YUFE4Postdocs, for 22 postdoc positions with a duration of 36 months in nine YUFE universities. The indicative starting date for appointment is 1st of September 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: Citizens’ Well-Being and European Identity. Thus, we are looking for postdocs who are interested in doing their research while being trained within this framework.
Postdoctoral positions are open in the following YUFE universities:
|YUFE university||Number of positions in this call|
|University of Antwerp||3|
|University of Eastern Finland||4|
|University of Bremen||2|
|University of Cyprus||3|
|Maastricht University*||Defined mid October|
|Universidad Carlos III de Madrid||3|
|University of Rijeka||3|
|Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun||2|
|University of Essex*||2|
* Maastricht University has a total of 5 positions across the two calls. In mid-October 2023 the number of available positions for call 2 will be known and the call documents will be updated.
*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 initiate 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:
Applications must contain a signed letter of support from both the supervisor and co-supervisor.
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. They must start approaching potential (co)supervisors well in time, as securing these letters can take longer than anticipated. Failure to submit the letters of support will lead to an application being regarded as non-eligible and it will not pass to the next stage of the selection procedure.
All YUFE universities, including Maastricht University, welcome candidates to approach co-supervisors in all their faculties, departments, centers or research groups.
For assistance in finding a supervisor or co-supervisor in the YUFE universities, candidates can consult the Inventory available on the YUFE4Postdocs website: https://www.yufe4postdocs.eu/ or consult the local contact person, called the Navigator. Contact details of Navigators are also available on the website.
The MSCA mobility rule is not applicable to the co-host university. This means that candidates can choose a co-supervisor in a YUFE co-host university in the country they are currently residing or working in.
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.
For both focus domains, applications are invited for both technological and non-technological research.
There is no pre-allocation of postdoc positions to the focus areas.
The selection process comprises an initial eligibility check.
The eligibility check is followed by a peer review process, with three independent experts assessing every application. The assessment reports will feed into the interdisciplinary Selection Committees, one for each focus domain, that give a final score and will rank the applications. Selected candidates are nominated for appointment in the respective host universities according to the ranking list.
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, which will be open on 1st October 2023. It is accessible through the YUFE4Postdocs website.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to find a supervisor and a co-supervisor. We recommend to start this process as early as possible. The YUFE navigators are available to assist but the responsibility to establish contact lies with the applicant.
Applicants will be asked to complete key contact details including those of the host-supervisor and the co-host-supervisor.
Applicants will be asked to complete project information on the application portal and to upload the following documents in English using the templates provided:
Applicants can submit one application for this call.
The closing date for applications is 12:00 midnight (CET) on Wednesday 20th December 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 in mid- October with time for Q&A. Candidates will be required to register. More information will soon be available on the YUFE4Postdocs website.