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Open positions

AIM-NEXT is offering three-year fellowships starting in the 2024 academic year and funded by the DN-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions call of the European Commission.

* Please note, as per their national regulations, in some institutions PhD programmes are for a 48-month period – please see individual requirements for relevant university. 

Euraxess information:

We are now looking for 10 highly motivated Doctoral Candidates (DCs) to work towards their PhDs in one of the following research projects:


To increase your chances of being selected, we encourage you to apply to up to 3 of the 10 positions.

For this purpose, it is necessary to indicate and rank your multiple preferences in the application form.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for recruitment, you must comply with the following requirements:

- Comply with the mobility rule. At the time of recruitment, the candidates 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. Short stays, such as holidays, are not considered.

- Fulfil the requirements to be able to enroll in a doctoral programme at the hosting institution/country.

- No PhD awarded. Applicants are not eligible if they have already been awarded a PhD

- Selected candidate must be willing to spend a prolonged time in another institute/country of the network during the PhD thesis period.

In most of the cases, additional requirements must be satisfied, particularly in terms of selection procedures based on local regulations and/or internationally recognized English language qualifications achieved. Regarding the former, some insititutions will request for degree and/or VISA recognition, before the interview date.

For further details on eligibility criteria please check in the information of each available position.

All interested applicants meeting the eligibility requirements, irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

You can apply for one specific DC position or for multiple DC positions. In the application form we will ask you to select positions (up to a maximum of three, in rank order) you wish to be considered for during the process.


Please provide the required information (in English) in one single PDF file with the following order:

- Completed application form.

- Detailed CV (maximum 5 pages) of the candidate

- Motivation letter (máximum 2-page) indicating why you wish to conduct research projects within AIM-NEXT framework, and why you believe you would successfully be able to complete them).

- A scanned copy of certified transcripts of results of Bachelor and Masters’ degrees in relevant discipline.

- English language certificate (if available)

- Any additional files considered relevant to the application.


All required information has to be packed in a single-PDF file in the order showed above and using a file name with the following format: surname_name_DC.pdf

Please apply by sending your application to AIM-NEXT contact address:

indicating as email’s subject “AIM-NEXT DC APPLICATION”.

In accordance with the provisions of EU Regulation 2016/679 by the Parliament and the Council, of 27 April 2016 and the Spanish Organic Law 3/2018, of 5 December 2018, we inform you that personal data are collected and processed by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), for the purposes of recruitment procedure described in the UPC’s Processing Activity Register ( The data subject has the right to request access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of processing concerning the data subject or to object to processing as well as the right to data portability. Specifically, with regard to multichannel processing by the service providing information and assistance to individuals who contact with this recruitment committee, the basic information on data protection is available on the following web page:

Selection process

AIMNEXT selection process will be organized in the following steps:


- Eligibility check: AIM-NEXT management office will check that each application is complete and that applicants fulfil the eligibility criteria described above.

- Remote Evaluation: each eligible application will be assessed independently by the principal investigators and supervisors of its potential recruitment institution, together with other members of the local Recruitment Committee, as defined by national or local regulations. They will select at least three candidates per position to pass through to the following stage.

- Interviews: short-listed candidates will be invited for a virtual/on-line interview. Interviews will be conducted by multiple-member dedicated Selection Committees, appointed by Supervisory Board and in agreement wih national or local recruitment regulations, including at least two main supervisors of AIM-NEXT.

- Decision stage: a general discussion with all Main Supervisors will be conducted to share all interview impressions. A priority order list will be the outcome of this stage. In case two or more candidates are ranked as the best ones, position will be assigned on the basis of order of preference indicated by the candidate in her/his original application. In case of being necessary, a second interview could be conducted directly by the DC recruiter group. The second interview is open to be either virtually or in person at the recruiter’s discretion before to be decided for a final candidate.

- Notifications: AIM-NEXT Selection Committees will notify short-listed candidates of the outcome by e-mail as soon as possible after the decision stage.

- Recruitment: AIM-NEXT Supervisory Board will ensure a centralized, transparent and efficient recruitment process that adheres to the European Charter and Code for Researchers.

Regarding expected calendar for resolution of AIMNEXT's positions, it is estimated to be as follows:

- Call opening: May 2024

- Deadline for applications: June/July 2024

- Remote evaluation and Interviews: July 2024

- Notification to candidates: August-September 2024

- Date of appointment: September- October 2024


The MSCA-DN programme offers a highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions. The successful candidates will receive a salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for early stage researchers.

Exact salary will be confirmed upon offer and will be based on:

- Living Allowance of € 3400/month to be paid in currency of country where based and with a correction factor to be applied per country.

- Mobility allowance of € 600/month to be paid to all DCs recruited.

- Additionally, researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of € 660/month depending on family situation.

Taxation and Social Contribution deductions based on National and Institutional regulations will apply and will be deducted from the gross payment highlighted above.

In addition to their individual scientific projects, all fellows will benefit from further continuing education, which includes registration for a PhD degree; acquisition of advanced research and “industry-driven transferable” skills; intersectorial secondments; and active participation in interdisciplinary workshops, courses and specific events such as AIM-NEXT Summer Conference and Specialized Interest Seminars within International Conferences.

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