How to Apply

Call for Applicants is now CLOSED

The selection process has now completed, and all applicants have been informed by email (sender

All applicants must meet the Marie Sklodowska-Curie eligibility rules, in order to comply with both the mobility and Early Stage Researcher status requirements. The requirements are applied with respect to the country of the recruiting host, and the date of recruitment of the ESR.

Do you meet the MSCA Eligibility Rules:

  • Researchers may be of any nationality. However, they must undertake physical, trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment.
  • The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment.*
  • ESRs shall, at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years** of their research careers, and must not have been awarded a doctoral degree.

*Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account
**Measured from the date when he/she obtained the degree which would formally entitle him/her to embark on a doctorate

Application Procedure

All applications should be made in the first instance through the OPTAPHI website (this page), but please note that candidates may be subsequently required to also apply directly to the recruiting host institute, depending on local regulations.

Only one ESR project (Project 3.1) is available in this call; refer to the Projects page for details of the project.
You will be required to confirm your eligibility under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie rules; note that, should you be selected, you will be asked to provide documentary evidence for this. 
You will also be asked to upload a single pdf file (max. 10Mb), which should contain your Curriculum Vitae, and, optionally, a cover letter stating your motivations for applying to OPTAPHI.
Your CV should include, as a minimum, the following information:

  • Your postal address and phone number, if available
  • Details of your country/countries of residence and/or of your main activity (work/study/ etc) for at least the past 3 years, in accordance with the MSCA eligibility conditions
  • Details of your education and qualifications record
  • Details of any relevant research and/or work experience
  • The operating language of OPTAPHI will be English. If English is not your first language, please provide evidence of your competency in English (e.g. TOEFL score)
  • Contact details for at least two referees

You are also encouraged to include either a motivation section or a cover letter explaining your reasons for applying to OPTAPHI. This should be included as part of the single pdf file uploaded.

Note that, if not included in your CV, transcripts/certificates confirming your qualifications will be required if you are shortlisted.

Applicants should have at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (e.g. physics, chemistry, or similar) and must meet the requirements to undertake a Ph.D. degree at both the recruiting partner institute and the co-awarding partner institute; in the case of TU-Wien, this means the applicant must hold a Masters degree or equivalent. Applicants must not already hold a Ph.D. degree.

Selection process
Following the close of the deadline for applications, the OPTAPHI consortium will make a shortlist of candidates based on applications received, and arrange interviews with these candidates. Communication will be via the email provided on the submission form. 
Note that candidates may subsequently be required to also submit an application to the recruiting organisation’s own system, depending on local regulations. Candidates should only do so when specifically requested by the OPTAPHI consortium.
The OPTAPHI consortium reserves the right to re-advertise the position if no suitable candidates are found.