College of Research Associates

We are currently looking for PhD holders
in a wide range of scientific disciplines

What is the College of Research Associates ?

ESF-Science Connect activities are developing substantially as a science services organisation. In order to streamline our (research proposals) peer review process and ensure the continued high quality and responsiveness of our services, we are reactivating the College of Research Associates.

This college gathers experienced and qualified external ‘Research Associates’ who will collaborate with us on a limited-time project basis. This includes supporting science services, identifying expert evaluators, and checking the scientific validity and quality of assessment reports.

Research Associates selected will receive appropriate training and mentoring as well as recognition for projects satisfactorily completed, in the form of a certificate delivered by ESF. They will learn more as to how successful award applications are written and how selection processes work.

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To be eligible to join the ESF College of Research Associates, you will need to fulfil certain criteria. We seek those who have already been awarded a PhD and who have suitable post-doctoral experience in a variety of disciplines:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Physics, Engineering and Material Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Life Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Biomedical Sciences

You will need to have the flexibility and be available for ad-hoc assignments. A proven track record either with ESF or another reputable research funding agency would be a valuable asset.

If you are successful in joining the ESF College of Research Associates, and if your expertise is relevant to a given assessment process, you will collaborate with the European Science Foundation on a temporary project basis, supporting our science services. The projects we undertake usually require between 3-6 months and normally demand a team of several associates led by an experienced science officer. We will contact you a minimum of one month in advance to check your availability and establish an agreement.

Appointments are done either through a temporary contract or on a consultancy basis.

Nature of the mission

When selecting ESF Research Associates to work on particular missions we will always look for the best-fit for the assignment, taking into consideration your area of expertise, discipline, experience and availability.

The mission normally entails:

  • identifying scientific peers in order to assess research projects proposals and fellowships applications;
  • checking the scientific validity and quality of peer-review reports;
  • supporting review panels and their Chairs;
  • other related tasks as appropriate.

Those selected as ESF Research Associates, and prior to any concrete work engagement with us, will be provided with:

  • Documents and information describing the processes that they could be assigned to work on
  • Appropriate training on these processes.

The training will be delivered by experienced ESF Science Officers and Mission Coordinators through physical meetings taking place in ESF’s Headquarters in Strasbourg and/or using web-based tools. The certificate provided at the end of your mission will attest that you have completed this training at ESF.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining our Community of Experts, you can send an email and your CV as attachment to cra[at]esf[dot]org

ESF will not discriminate, nor allow its staff to discriminate, against any member of staff or applicant for employment or ex-employee on the basis of gender (including in cases of pregnancy or maternity); age; ethnic, national or social origin; religion or belief; sexual orientation; disability; political opinion; social or economic condition or health.

For more information or questions, please contact us at: esfexperts[at]esf[dot]org