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Application information on the 3rd call

In the 3rd call, the DOCC programme aims to recruit 4 early-stage researchers (ESR) as doctoral candidate fellows who are academically excellent and committed to science, as well as having a strong interest in pursuing research in an interdisciplinary framework on modelling and simulation of complex continuum dynamics.

The selection process follows the principles set out by the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. After formal screening of completeness and eligibility, the recruitment committee and experts review all applications in a two step evaluation process.

The third call is CLOSED as of NOW!

Eligibility criteria and application requirements

ESR eligibility criterion

Early-stage researchers (ESR) shall, at the call deadline, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited or seconded, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.

MSCA mobility rule

Applicants may have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Austria for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

PhD study qualification criterion

Applicants must be in possession of a master degree or equivalent degree (corresponding to at least 120 ECTS points and including a master thesis) in a relevant field: engineering science, computer science, physics, chemistry, mathematics. (For specific requirements on each topic please see the list of Thesis topics.)

What is expected from the candidates

  • Applicants show an excellent academic record and a strong commitment to scientific research
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • Willingness to work and communicate in a multi-disciplinary research environment, and to fully participate in the programme's joint training, mobility and outreach activities
  • Secondments requirements: applicants are expected to participate in cross-sectoral and international activities, such as secondments and short research visits to academic and non-academic partner institutions

Requested application documents

  • Letter of motivation, including a declaration of research interests and indication of the desired research topic(s). If a proposal from the list of Thesis topics is chosen, please use the three-letters-one-number abbreviations provided there.
  • In case that an own project (different from the suggested topics) is proposed by the applicant, the supervisor
    representing this research field has to be contacted in advance and asked for a letter in support of the project (see the list of Supervisors). An Ethics Assessment Form will have to be completed by all applicants who propose own research topics.
  • CV, including a list of previous scientific expertise, skills, and publications (if applicable)
  • Scanned copies of transcripts of records for BSc and the Master (or equivalent degree) including the diplomas.
    (Only documents proofing the conclusion of the studies will be accepted. Intermediate certificates or confirmations, temporary transcripts etc. are accepted only if these include all information also provided by the final documents. Please check our Guideline to Translation and Authentication: documents will also have to be provided in the original before acquiring a job and study contract.)
  • Proof of fluency in English at minimum B2 level (Upper Intermediate English; e.g. studies in English or an internationally accepted certificate)
  • Please append a list of two academic reference persons who are willing to provide you a letter of recommendation. State their names and affiliations (e.g. University and Institute) to us and ask them to provide us these letters via email to apply@docc.eu before the application deadline.
  • MSc thesis (or equivalent), as submitted to the applicants university (please note: The full text is required; if not available in English, please include a suitable translation of the abstract to English and provide the original text nevertheless!).

How to prepare and submit your application

  1. The complete set of "Requested application documents", listed above, must be submitted before the
    call deadline.
  2. All documents have to be compiled into one (!) PDF file:
    1.  Minimum PDF version: 1.4
    2.  Maximum file-size: 19 MB (grayscale suffices, text must be readable)
    3.  Name the PDF as within the parenthesis: "LastName_FirstName_application_dpdocc.pdf"
  3. Send the PDF file as an email-attachment to apply@docc.eu:
    1.  Compose the subject line as within the parenthesis: "Application DP DOCC"
    2.  Use the text of your letter of motivation as text for the email-body
    3.  Provide contact information (email, telephone, postal address) within the e-mail body

In case of any questions, please contact the DP DOCC Management Team before your application via dp@docc.eu.

If, by the end of the deadline, your application is not complete, it will be refused! (Only exception: Contact us before the end of the deadline to inform us about a plausible reason hindering you from completing the application, then the DP DOCC Management team might decide to provide an additional respite!)

Steps of the selection process

The following text informs about the assessment procedures after submission of the applications. All applicants will be informed in due time via e-mail on the further status of their applications and the process of recruitment.

First assessment stage

  • Based on the written applications and evaluated by means of prescribed evaluation resulting in a long list.
  • Reviewer report forms will include scores (min. 0 - max. 5) according to the criteria in Table (1) and a short written evaluation summary for each reviewed candidate. The scores of the two reviewers are averaged.
  • The threshold condition for longlisting and for further ranking of applicants is set to an averaged total score of 4.0, and no single criterion may have received an unweighted average score below 3.0.
  • Based on the reports and threshold criteria a longlist of candidates is compiled who will be invited for personal interview.
  • In case that more than three applications per offered PhD position per call meet the threshold, then the three best scored applicants will be invited.
  • Applicants who have not scored above the threshold will receive a feedback including the averaged scores in all fields of the evaluation Table (1), the total score, and the reports from both expert reviewers, stating the reason for rejection.
  • Rejected applicants will further receive information on the possibility of the redress procedure.


Second assessment stage

  • Personal interviews, presentations and discussion of longlisted candidates (either on site in Innsbruck or if necessary by remote video conferencing) with the recruitment committee and prospective supervisor.
  • Candidates are expected to give a presentation (20 min) on their MSc thesis, followed by a scientific discussion on the presentation and thesis (ca. 10 min), and a general interview with questions on their motivation, other scientific, professional or volunteer experiences (ca. 10 min), and possibility for questions from the candidates to the supervisors or the DOCC management (ca. 10 min).
  • We intend to offer all candidates after their interview a guided tour through the institutes and campus, lead by a present local PhD student in the research field of the application.
  • The recruitment committe evaluates the interviews according to Table (2). The final score is again calculated by the weighted average over all indicators. The same threshold criteria as in the first stage are applied.
  • The total score is evaluated by an average over both stages, with a 50% weight on each stage. The top ranked candidate for each available position will receive the offer of the job contract and further information on the formal hiring procedures.
  • All candidates (including those rejected after the second stage) will receive a written feedback summary report, commenting on strengths and weaknesses, based on the evaluation report from the recruitment committee.
  • Rejected applicants are also at this stage informed on the possibility of a redressing procedure.


Redress procedure

Candidates may appeal for a redress procedure within one week from notification, if they feel that the evaluation of their application has shortcomings, or believe that results of the eligibility check are incorrect. Redress requests have to give a clear description of the reasons for objection, and can relate to the handling of the evaluation process and the eligibility checks, but will not call into question the judgements of the expert reviewers. The appeal committee acts independently from the recruitment committee and advises on a possible re-evaluation of the application.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847476.

Co-funded by the European Union

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