Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Scheme 2017

University of Reading

Archaeology at the University of Reading Calls for Expressions of Interest

Introduction

Archaeology at the University of Reading invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral researchers with an excellent research track record to apply for an independent research fellowship through the European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Scheme. Applicants must have been awarded a doctoral degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution and must have a relevant track record - appropriate to their career stage – measured by number of peer-reviewed publication(s) in internationally recognised outlets. Selected candidates will be mentored through the application process by a member of Archaeology staff with support from the University EU Research Office. 

Concept of the scheme

The goal of this prestigious European funding scheme is to enhance the career development and prospects of experienced researchers by working abroad through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. These fellowships offer a highly competitive salary including an allowance (e.g. to cover travel, family and research costs). Full details of the scheme can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/msca-if-2017.html

The planned open date for the call is 11 April 2017, and the deadline for submitting the applications to the EC is 14 September 2017.

 Eligibility requirements

  • Research experience: at the time of the call deadline (14.09.2017), the applicant must be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience (which can include doctoral studies)
  • Mobility rule: at the time of the call deadline, the applicant must not have resided or carried out their main activity (e.g. work, studies) in the UK for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years.
  • If the fellow is resuming research after a career break of at least one year, or is a European national or long term resident returning to Europe after a period outside Europe, a modified mobility rule applies: in these cases the researchers must not have carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 36 months in the 5 years immediately prior to the call deadline.
  • Please note that fellows can be of any nationality and age.

Research Areas

Archaeology at the University of Reading is a thriving department ranked top in the UK for research of world-leading (4*) and internationally-excellent (3*) quality in the last (2014) research assessment exercise. 

Based within the School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science, we have 21 members of academic staff, a rich body of post-doctoral researchers and post-graduate research students, and a world-class range of facilities and well-equipped laboratories, providing an excellent environment for aspiring researchers.  

Our research is driven through four interdisciplinary research clusters working at the interface of scientific and social approaches: Landscape, Climate and Lived Environment; Diet, Health and Life Course; Objects Materials and People; and Medieval Social Archaeology. There are also outstanding opportunities for cross-disciplinary research with several Schools within the University. Expressions of interest are welcomed within and beyond any of these thematic areas, although we especially encourage proposals aligned on the following areas:

  • Human impact on biological and physical systems
  • Climate-societal interactions
  • Adaptation of societies within extreme environments
  • Resilience, transformation and collapse of societies
  • Societal diet and health.

The research topic will be freely chosen by the applicant in collaboration with the academic supervisor.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest should consist of the following documentation:

  • A copy of your CV (including full list of publications).
  • A 2 page (A4) Research Proposal Summary, which includes details as to which research area(s) you are interested in.
  • Covering letter explaining the choice of Reading as host institution.

“Please submit your EOI pack to eu-unit@reading.ac.uk by Friday 30 June, quoting “MSCA IF Expression of Interest 2017-Archeology’’ as your email heading.” 

Expressions of Interest will be selected based on the quality of the research proposal and the candidateswill be invited to make a formal application with their Archaeology supervisor(s).

Results will be announced, week ending 10th July 2017.