All positions are now filled (1st October 2016).


The IMPACT network invites applications for 10 full-time research vacancies for highly motivated ESRs. Selected researchers must be able to work independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams. ESRs will undertake an individual research project at one of the partner institutions, as well as participate in a joint network training programme and secondments at other establishments. ESRs will be hired at the full partners under employment contracts. The maximum duration of the employment is 36 months.

An ESR is a researcher who, at the time of recruitment, has not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and is in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the research training period that would entitle them to a doctorate. Each ESR position includes a PhD.

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ESR 1: Scientific underpinning of ion–molecule processes and their use as analytical probes for SCIMS (University of Birmingham, UK, Supervisor: Dr. Chris Mayhew,

ESR 2: Advanced evaluation of product ion branching ratios in the presence of water vapour (J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Czech Republic, Supervisor: Professor Patrik Spanel,

ESR 3: Measures for improved substance identification (IONICON Analytik GmbH., Austria, Supervisors: Drs Simone Jürschik and Philipp Sulzer,

ESR 4: Production of thermal desorption unit and electronic devices for improved selectivity (KORE Technology Ltd., UK, Supervisor: Dr. Fraser Reich,

ESR 5: Homeland security applications: improved selectivity for IMS-MS and limits of detection (Comenius University, Slovakia, Supervisor: Professor Stefan Matejcik,

ESR 6: Biogenic volatile organic compounds: characterisation in various (agro)ecosystems (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France, Supervisor: Professor Valerie Gros,

ESR 7: OH reactivity and other integrative techniques using SCIMS (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., Germany, Supervisor: Professor Jonathan Williams,

ESR 8: Applications of SCIMS techniques in biosciences (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Netherlands, Supervisor: Dr. Simona Cristescu,

ESR 9: SCIMS for metabolic profiling in health and disease (Universitätsmedizin Rostock, Germany, Supervisor: Professor Jochen Schubert,

ESR 10: Improved breath and skin emanation sampling techniques (Universität Innsbruck, Austria, Supervisor: Professor Karl Unterkofler,;…d_Skin_Emanation_Measurements_of_Volatile_Organic_Compounds_VOCs

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General requirements

  • A Master’s degree in a physical science, engineering or related discipline is required.
  • Good oral and written English.
  • Networking and communication skills (to be evaluated in the interview).

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The post is offered in the context of a Marie Curie ITN and transnational mobility is a key element of eligibility. Nationals from any country may apply. Researchers must not have carried out their main activities in the country where they will perform their studies for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the start of the fellowship. An ESR can only be employed in the country of his/her own nationality if he/she has spent more than four of the five years prior to the appointment in a non-EU country. Early-Stage Researchers must hold a Master degree (e.g. Master of Science or an equivalent diploma) which qualifies them to embark onto a doctoral degree. It is required that the degree has been acquired not more than 4 years before the envisaged starting date.(Non-research work after acquiring a Master’s degree is not counted in the four years of the research career; certificates on the nature of tasks in non-research employment will be requested for shortlisted candidates.) Applicants should also have a good knowledge of English, as the successful candidate will be asked to submit project reports and a doctoral thesis in English.

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Salary and benefits

Researchers employed by IMPACT will receive salary and benefits at the rates stipulated by the European Commission for Marie Curie ESRs. ESRs will be employed via full employment contracts with the respective institutions, carrying social benefits such as pension and social security, but also subject to normal taxes. ESRs will also receive mobility and (where eligible) family allowances.

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How to apply

Initial enquiries of interest and any questions may be directed initially to the coordinator of IMPACT: Dr. Chris Mayhew ( Interest in particular projects can be directed to the appropriate supervisor.

If you are interested in applying for an ESR position please supply Dr. Mayhew with a curriculum vitae (with file name: IMPACT Surname Name_CV.pdf), which should include details on personal information, work experience, education and training, skills and competences, and the contact details of two referees. You should state your interest in at least one of the research projects and explain your choice, but also state two more alternative projects (in order of preference). All material should be e-mailed as a single pdf with “IMPACT ESR Position” in the subject line. Final applications will be completed entirely online at each of the individual partners’ organisations once the positions are officially advertised. We particularly encourage female candidates to apply for these positions.

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Estimated recruitment calendar

Ideally ESRs should begin their positions as close to each other as possible to maximise training and secondments. Therefore, the network is going for a 1 July–30 September 2016 start for all ESRs. However, if a suitable candidate is available before that date then the dates below are flexible, and a good candidate may start before 1 July 2016 depending on personal circumstances.

  • Early applications of interest and general enquiries: 1 October 2015–28 February 2016
  • Institutional deadline for applications: 30 March 2016
  • Notification of candidates to be shortlisted: 15 April 2016
  • Interviews with shortlisted candidates: May 2016
  • Notification of selected candidates by June 2016
  • Contract begins 1 July–30 September 2016 (or as soon after). (Ideally ESRs should start as close to 1 September as possible for training purposes. All ESRs to be in place no later than 1 November 2016)

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