École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPDL)
The EPFL Fellows international postdoctoral fellowship programme will fund 24 fellowships of a maximum duration of 24 months each year/call.
The next call will be launched on 1 July 2016 and the deadline for the submission of applications is 1 October 2016 (17:00 hr CET).
EPFL Fellows fellowships may be held in any scientific discipline within the EPFL.
Applications should be made jointly with the Fellow’s mentor, a senior scientist at EPFL. EPFL Fellows conduct their own research within the framework of the proposed project.
The EPFL Fellows fellowships can only be carried out in Switzerland, at the EPFL campus in Lausanne, Neuchâtel, Valais or Fribourg.
Applicants must fulfill the following eligibility criteria
- Citizens of any nationality may apply.
- Applicants must have a PhD degree from a recognized university, plan to obtain a PhD degree by the time of employment, or have at least four (4) years of full-time equivalent research experience.
- Applicants must fulfill the transnational mobility rules:
Incoming applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the three (3) years immediately prior to the deadline for the submission of proposals.
Re-integration applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Switzerland for more than 12 months in the three (3) years immediately prior to the deadline for the submission of proposals, and show at least two (2) years' of experience in research at the postdoctoral level in any other country, by the time they submit the application.
- Applicants must have arranged in advance a research plan with a host laboratory at the EPFL.
There are no restrictions concerning the age, gender or nationality of the candidates. Candidates with career breaks or variations in the chronological sequence of their career steps are welcome to apply.
Exceptions to the above rules are possible for women, e.g. in case of maternity leave, as EPFL has adopted a policy of equal opportunity.
Preparing an application
The on-line submission platform will open on 1 July 2016. The deadline for the submission of applications is 1 October 2016 (17:00 hr CET).
Applications should be made jointly with a Principal Investigator (PI), an EPFL Professor who is responsible for the research field. Applicants should arrange in advance a research plan with their Principal Investigator.
As soon as you have negotiated with a Principal Investigator at the EPFL the possibility of a postdoctoral stay, you should log-in to the EPFL Fellows online application platform. For authentication, you can use your EPFL computer account (username and GASPAR password), or create a temporary account. This authentication allows you to go back to your own form to complete your application or to check the status of your candidacy. You will need to enter all the necessary information in the electronic application form and you can upload the required documents.
For the description of the research project and the CV, the templates should be used that can be downloaded from the EPFL Fellows web-site. You will also find the ‘Ethical Issues’ form on this site which needs to be completed.
As part of your application, two reference letters must be provided. The applicant provides the contact details of two or three referees (two references are required, the third reference is optional). These referees will be contacted automatically after the application has been validated in the on-line submission system by the applicant. The referees will then be asked by EPFL to provide a recommendation letter. The referees will submit their letters electronically via the on-line submission platform. The applicants will be able to see if the referees have submitted their recommendation letters.
Applications cannot be updated after the submission.
Applications will be assessed against criteria addressing the candidate’s ability and commitment to research, the quality of the proposed research project as well as the synergy between the research proposed and the host laboratory chosen by the candidate, and the impact on the career advancement of the candidate. Each candidate’s merits will be judged quantitatively as well as qualitatively. Detailed information on the evaluation criteria is also given in the document ’Rules and Regulations for EPFL Fellows’.
The duration of an EPFL Fellows fellowship is 24 months and cannot be prolonged. Employment after the initially granted time must be financed from other sources.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 291771 (call 2013 and 2014) and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement 665667 (call 2015 and 2016).
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