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Four training position designed to contribute towards the completion of a PhD degree are open for application, funded by the Horizon 2020 Innovative Training network ITN HIDDeN (Hunting Invisibles: Dark sectors, Dark matter and Neutrinos).


Each position is for 3 years, with starting dates during 2021, and no later than October 1st, 2021.


Three of the positions are intended to carry research in particle theory and phenomenology and/or astroparticle physics including e.g. neutrino, dark matter, axions, dark energy, or BSM physics in general, and will be hired by one of the following European beneficiaries of the network: Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare - Sezione di Padova (INFN, Italy), Univ. Autónoma de Madrid (UAM, Spain) and Univ. of Barcelona (UB, Spain).


One PhD position in experimental physics is open to work at the University of Zurich (UZH, Switzerland) on the analysis of XENONnT data and R&D studies for DARWIN.


All nodes, e.g. beneficiaries and partner organisations, will contribute to the training, and the research effort will focus on collaborations throughout the network. The positions include at least a long secondment in another European beneficiary, plus shorter stays in our partner organisations: at least at one major world laboratory, and at one of our private sector partners. ESRs are expected to participate actively in the yearly international workshop and school organized by the network. The ESRs will also be involved in outreach activities.


The deadline for applications is March 10 but the positions can be offered any time earlier if suitable candidates appear. Conversely, applications may be accepted after this deadline if not yet then filled.


All applications must be made exclusively through the network website http://hiddeneu.eu/jobs. Two reference letters are requested. Attached a motivation letter is a mandatory field. Please be sure to add them before submitting your application. If interested, please apply now completing first the data in the "MY CV" section and then applying to the position. Beware: you must press "submit" at the end of the process; otherwise the application will not be fully registered and will not be considered. The system will acknowledge your submission if correctly completed; you can also check the completion on the "MY APPLICATIONS" link.


The salary consists of the gross Monthly Living Allowance of EUR €3,270 per month pondered by the EU correction coefficient; in addition, researchers recruited within an ITN are entitled to receive a Mobility Allowance of 600 EUR per month and also possibly another 500 EUR per month of Family Allowance depending on marital status. The family status of a researcher will be determined at the date of their (first) recruitment in the action and will not evolve during the action lifetime. The net salary results from deducting all compulsory (employer /employee) social security contributions as well as direct taxes (e.g. income tax) from the gross amounts in line with national legislation.


The key criteria for hiring are the following: The candidates must demonstrate a high level of accomplishment and excellence in her/his previous academic experience and a good fit in the project.


About the selection process, below you can see the key steps: Application in the HIDDeN portal; Review of the application by the HIDDeN ESR hiring panel, Longlist based on criteria of academic excellence and fit in the project for interview at panel meeting, Interviews; Selection of candidates for ordered shortlist; Offer. Detailed information about the title of the project, objectives, expected results and planned secondments of each position will be given during the interview process.


The Network is taking all measures to implement the principles set out in the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researcher. We strongly recommend you to read it at the following link: https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/charter/


The recruitment and working conditions for researchers will comply with the ARTICLE 32 — RECRUITMENT AND WORKING CONDITIONS FOR RESEARCHERS.


Information provided by the applicants will be used and processed for the purpose of recruiting and selecting the HIDDeN fellows in compliance with the provisions of GDPR (EU reg. 2016/679) and national rules. In particular, we would like to let you know that, in order to carry out the hiring process, your applications will be shared among the members of the hiring committee and with the local administrations of the nodes which are hiring as well as the coordinating node. If you do not consent to this, please let us know immediately.


By EU requirements, eligible candidates may be of any nationality and at the date of recruitment (means the first day of the employment of the researcher for the purposes of the action) should comply with the following rules:


  • All researchers recruited in an ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • Mobility Rule: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention (1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol) are not taken into account.

The ITN HIDDeN complies with an equal opportunity and gender balance policy.

In order to apply for a position in the "HIDDeN Training Network" you must:

  • Register if you have not done alredy
  • Upload your CV that should include:
    • Personal data
    • Academic qualification
    • A request for, at least, two reference letters

Although it is not compulsory to have finished uploading all of your CV information we recommend you to do so.

Remember that you may apply for more than one open position and that you may manage your applications from the "My Applications" tab (this will only be available after applying for at least one position)