College of Research Associates
ESF activities are developing substantially as a science services organisation. In order to streamline our peer review process and ensure the continued high quality and responsiveness of our services, we are constantly recruiting Research Associates across all scientific disciplines.
Research Associates collaborate with ESF remotely (home-based), on a consultancy basis and on a limited-time project basis. This includes supporting our Grant Evaluation activity by identifying expert reviewers and doing a quality check of their assessment reports.
Selected Research Associates 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.
To be eligible to join our College of Research Associates, you will need to fulfill certain criteria. We seek individuals who have already been awarded a PhD and who have suitable post-doctoral experience in a variety of disciplines:
- Social Sciences
- Physics, Engineering and Material Sciences
- Life Sciences
- Earth Sciences
- Environmental Sciences
- Biomedical Sciences
As a Research Associate you are required to invoice your services to ESF, as you would collaborate with ESF on a consultancy basis.
A proven track record either with ESF or another reputable research funding agency would be a valuable asset.
What can you expect
If you are successful in joining our College of Research Associates, and if your field of expertise is relevant to a given assessment process, you will collaborate with the European Science Foundation remotely (home-based) on a temporary project basis, supporting our science services. The projects we undertake usually require between 2-4 months and normally require a team of several Research Associates.
We will contact you a minimum of two or three weeks in advance to check your availability and establish a consultancy agreement.
For more details, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions
Nature of the mission
When selecting 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;
- doing the quality of peer-review reports;
- other related tasks as appropriate (ie: supporting review panels and their Chairs)
Prior to any concrete work engagement with us, selected Research Associates will be provided with:
- Documents and information describing the processes that they could be assigned to work on
- Appropriate training/briefing on these processes.
More information about our Peer Review and grant evaluation processes can be found in the European Peer Review Guide (Integrating Policies and Practices into Coherent Procedures) published by ESF in 2011.
How to apply
To apply to our College of Research Associates, please click on the "Apply" button below. Please note that this is a Consultancy role and that selected individuals will be required to provide invoices for consultancy services.
Applications will be processed by our HR and scientific teams and you shall expect a response within 2 months.
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 any questions regarding the College of Research Associates, you can send an email to cra[at]esf[dot]org.