H.C. Ørsted Fellowship Programme 2017, Technical University of Denmark

Publish Date: Dec 12, 2016

Deadline: Feb 23, 2017

About the fellowship 

The next call for the H.C. Ørsted fellowship programme will open 1 December 2016 

Application deadline - 23 February 2017 (midnight CET)

With this call Technical University of Denmark (DTU) invites highly talented experienced researchers who have achieved outstanding results in their research while demonstrating excellence and potential in their field to apply for one of the fellowships under the H.C. Ørsted Postdoc programme, co-funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. 

The programme is named after Hans Christian Ørsted, discoverer of electro-magnetism and founder of the University and achieves the goals of Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND by increasing the European-wide mobility possibilities for training and career development of experienced researchers. The Programme will contribute to the researcher’s career development, broadening and deepening individual competencies through exposure to an international and multidisciplinary environment. The Programme is based on incoming mobility and will enable experienced researchers from all over the world to carry out curiosity-driven, bottom-up research projects within all branches of engineering science at DTU.

To enable the unique identification of each application, applicants must assign their application with an acronym.

DTU fully acknowledges the importance of equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity.

To further promote equal opportunities, DTU will implement gender blinded reviews. Applicants should refrain from using their names and gender specific pronouns in the research plan (he/she, his/hers etc.). Names and nationality listed in the templates for the research plan and CV will be hidden by the secretariat prior to the external peer review.

APPLICATION - In order to apply you need to check the online application form in the "Furthe official information" below.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must fulfil the following criteria in order to be considered: 

  • At the time of recruitment (1 July 2017) applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Denmark or at DTU for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to recruitment (excl. holidays and short visits)
  • Successful applicants must move to Denmark by the time of employment at the latest;
  • The applicant must, by the time of recruitment (1 July 2017), be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience;
  • Applicants must have arranged in advance a research plan with a host at DTU;
  • The application must be in English;
  • The application must be complete and uploaded as one compiled PDF via DTU’s online recruitment site within deadline. Applications sent via email or the like will not be considered;
  • The application must include the following (use templates available for download on the website):
    • Research plan of a total of 7 (A4) pages excl. summary (tables containing personal- and project information and the brief summary are not included in the 7 A4 pages);
    • Signed host statement regarding hosting arrangements;
    • Prioritised CV and list of publications;
    • Table of ethics issues;
    • Scanned copy of PhD diploma or an official statement on the expected date of graduation (Documentation of academic degrees must be in English or an officially approved translation must be included).

After the call deadline, and before being submitted for review, each application will be examined for eligibility. This will be done within one week. Applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will be rejected without further notice, and the applicant will receive an email stating the reason for rejection. Applications which meet the criteria will be subjected to review. 

In the event that applicants obtain their PhD degree after the call deadline, the H.C. Ørsted COFUND secretariat should be contacted, prior to the submission of your application, to make arrangements to forward the diploma. Additional supplementary application material and information will not be accepted after deadline. The secretariat can be contacted by email at oerstedpostdoc@adm.dtu.dk

If your references do not wish for you to read letters of recommendation, arrangements can be made for them to send it directly to the secretariat. In this case, you should contact the secretariat prior to application deadline and the letter of recommendation should be with the secretariat prior to deadline as well. The secretariat can be contacted by email at oerstedpostdoc@adm.dtu.dk 

Evaluation and selection  

Applications will be submitted electronically and subsequently be subjected to international peer review.

Applicants will be judged on professional merits, scientific and technological quality of the proposed project, feasibility of implementation and the potential impact of the proposed project. 

Each application will be reviewed by an international panel of experts within the scientific area covered by the specific programme area. The panel experts will be external to DTU. Each applicant will receive the panel's evaluation report and an overall score. Only applicants with scores 5-6 will be considered for a position.

The final hiring decision will lie with the Selection Committee Board. Each scientific programme area will be represented on the Selection Committee Board. The hiring decision will be based on the evaluation and score given by the international peer review panels.

Successful applicants will receive an offer of hire in the middle of June 2017 by email. The offer must be accepted within 14 days of receipt. It is therefore important that all applicants have access to their email during this period.

A reserve list will be established. If applicants decline or fail to accept an offer of hire within the specified time limit, fellowships will be offered to applicants on the reserve list.


Approximate timeline and information to applicants during the evaluation and selection process

At upload
All applicants will receive an automated email when uploading the application via the DTU website. Replying to this email will not be possible.

One week after application deadline

Ineligible applications will be rejected without further notice and the applicant will receive an email stating the reason for rejection.

Eligible applications will be sent to review and applicants will receive an email outlining the review and selection process and criteria.

Two months after application deadline

All eligible applicants will receive a report of the review.

4-5 months after application deadline

Successful applicants will receive an offer of hire. The offer will expire after 14 days, it is therefore of the utmost importance that successful applicants accept the offer within this timeframe. If the offer expires the fellowship will be offered to a candidate on the reserve list.

Applicants placed on a reserve list will be notified of this status. Three weeks later they will receive an email stating whether or not they will be offered a fellowship.

Unsuccessful applicants will receive a final rejection notice by email.
For more information click "Further official information" below.

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