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Early Stage Researcher (ESR)

University of Surrey - School of Biosciences & Medicine

Location: Guildford
Salary: £27,300
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th September 2018
Closes: 24th October 2018
Job Ref: 050718-R

We look for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with a master degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. social sciences, psychology, public administration, health economics, health services research, political sciences, health policy and management, biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, medicine, information sciences and communication) and who are interested in combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

HealthPros organisations act in line with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. HealthPros intends to hire an equal number of male and female ESRs.

Applicants need to fully respect four eligibility criteria

Only shortlisted candidates from Phase 1 Interviews can apply

Early-stage researchers (ESR) must, at the date of recruitment by the PI, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained a master degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the HealthPros research training is provided.

Conditions of international mobility of researchers: researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account.

English language: candidates must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training. Information about TOEFL can be found 


In HealthPros, each recruited researcher will be seconded to the organisations of two or more of the partners for a duration of several weeks/months up to 30% of his/her recruitment period. Normal practice during secondments is for the researchers to keep their contract with the sending organisation, which also pays the travel and subsistence expenses (e.g. accommodation). During their secondment, researchers receive supervision and training at the premises of the receiving organisation. Secondments are differentiated from short visits, i.e. of a few days. Secondments are mandatory. If you apply for one of the positions then you agree that you will be seconded to other organisations during your contract. 

Online Recruitment Procedure

All applications proceeded through the online application form on this website. Candidates applied electronically for one to maximum three positions and indicate their preference. Candidates provided all requested information including a detailed CV, a motivation letter, grades and optionally one or two reference letters. During registration, applicants needed to prove that they are eligible (three aspects: respect ESR definition, mobility criteria, English language proficiency).

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