Title of the position: ERC Candidate (research of functional and surface functionalized glass)
Organization: FunGlass – Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass of the Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia
Department: New Group (in tandem with Department of Biomaterials / Department of Functional Materials/ Department of Coating Processes/ Department of Glass Processing / Central Laboratories / VILA).
On behalf of the “brain gain consortium” FunGlass aims to identify outstanding candidates for the European Research Council (ERC) grant calls, funded by the European Commission Framework programme Horizon Europe:
Selected candidate will be contracted to prepare a proposal for ERC grant with Funglass as the host organisation. The candidate is expected to have a track record demonstrating his excellence and potential to significantly improve Centre´s research performance in one of the following scientific domains:
- Corrosion, corrosion protection
- Measurement and modelling
- Functional glass/glass-ceramics/ceramics
- Upcycling of inorganic waste/glass waste
- Structural materials
We also invite applications from candidates interested in cooperating with other partners of the brain gain consortium: Faculty of Chemical Technology – University of Pardubice (Czech Republic); Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics – AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow (Poland); and Thin Films Physics Department – Centre for Energy Research in Budapest (Hungary).
In phase one, the selected candidate will be offered a short-term contract (up to 6 months) to join the Centre as a visiting scientist. An on-site presence during phase one is considered crucial, but not inevitable. During this phase, the ERC candidate shall become closely acquainted with the Centre´s research program and its advanced research infrastructure so that he/she can formulate a vision for a new ERC team and turn that vision into a competitive grant application.
Assuming the ERC grant application is approved for funding, in phase two the ERC grantee will be offered a permanent contract with autonomous decision-making powers to supervise implementation of the ERC project.
In line with the philosophy of the ERC calls, both contracts will offer a competitive compensation package (at a level typical across the European Research Area). Phase one contract will also cover travel costs related to the visiting stay.
About the ERC Grant
The European Research Council offers prestigious grants to support ground breaking projects led by outstanding scientists of any nationality. Any project in any field of research can be supported as long as it meets the ERC’s excellence standards. Scientific excellence is the sole selection criterion.
The ERC can support a Principal Investigator and his/her individual research team. The funding awarded is important enough to encourage innovative research projects that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches. Practically, it can fund staff costs of the team, consumables, equipment, overheads, etc.
Types of ERC Grants
- ERC Starting Grant – researchers of any nationality with 2 to 7 years of experience since completion of PhD and scientific track record showing great promise.
- Funding per grant: up to € 1.5 million (+€1million start-up funding for researchers from a third country to the EU and/or the purchase of major equipment)
- Duration: up to 5 years
- ERC Consolidator Grant – researchers of any nationality with over 7 and up to 12 years of experience since completion of PhD and scientific track record showing great promise
- Funding per grant: up to € 2 million (+€1million start-up funding for researchers from a third country to the EU and/or the purchase of major equipment)
- Duration: up to 5 years
- ERC Advanced Grant – active researchers of any nationality with track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years
- Funding per grant: up to € 2.5 million (+€1million start-up funding for researchers from a third country to the EU and/or the purchase of major equipment)
- Duration: up to 5 years
The ERC grantee will have a position with necessary authorities to supervise the ERC team and freely apply for future research funding. The ERC grantee is to be appointed in a full-time position in accordance with the national legislation of the institution hosting the grant.
- Support from the designated senior researcher at the FunGlass Centre, who will work in tandem with the ERC candidate in the process of preparing the application for the ERC grant.
- Access to advanced research facilities of the Centre.
- Grant proposal services – administrative guidance, assistance in structuring the draft proposal, proofreading and critical analysis, contribution to the drafting of non-scientific parts of the proposal.
- Guidance and support from advanced partners (members of the Scientific Board) of the Centre: FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany), FSU Jena (Germany), CSIC Madrid (Spain) and University of Padova (Italy).
- Matching funds (€1 mil) to support implementation and sustainability of the ERC project.
Required candidate’s qualifications and experience:
ERC candidates are expected to have produced significant publications as main authors in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals as main author and without the participation of their PhD supervisor. The results obtained by the candidate, detailed in his/her CV, must show the potential for research independence and the capacity to carry out original research.
Other recurring features of candidates funded by the ERC: a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences; international prizes/awards; research periods spent in top-rated institutions; recipient of research grants as principle investigator, high values of bibliometric indicators (e.g. h-index, number of attracted citations, etc.), compared with the average values of the candidate’s research field.
Applicants are invited to submit the following documents:
- Cover letter.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- A brief research plan (1-2 pages), which includes his/her vision on topic of ERC project.
- Any additional information the candidate finds useful for the evaluation process.
Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass (FunGlass) is the centre of excellence created within the framework of Horizon 2020 project – Spreading the excellence and widening participation (H2020-WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017-TeamingPhase2; Topic WIDESPREAD-01-2016-2017 Teaming Phase 2, project number 739566). The Centre was established in 2017 and nowadays comprises more than 60 researchers and students of PhD study programme from 14 countries and 4 continents, supported with state of the art research infrastructure. It is located at Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín, Slovakia and is created in cooperation with the project partners´ institutions, whose research infrastructure and know-how is possible to use:
- Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova (Italy),
- Institute of Biomaterials FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany),
- Institute of Ceramic and Glass, Spanish National Research Centre Madrid (Spain),
- Otto Schott Institute of Materials Research, FSU Jena (Germany).
Application with required documents should be sent by e-mail to: Mrs. Marcela Brodova – firstname.lastname@example.org until September 30, 2021.
This hosting offer is released as an outcome of the “From Brain Drain to Brain Gain at SSC 2021” project co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.