SAGEX has 15 Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) fellowships beginning in 2018/9

Each of the fellowships is a 3-year, funded PhD position, subject to strict eligibility requirements that are outlined below. Each position is described in detail on the ‘Available Projects‘ page.

Positions that are still open

Positions that have now been filled

  • ESR1 and ESR2 (Queen Mary University of London)
  • ESR5 and ESR6 (DESY)
  • ESR7 and ESR8 (Durham University)
  • ESR9 and ESR10 (CEA Saclay)
  • ESR11 and ESR12 (Niels Bohr Institute)
  • ESR13  (Trinity College Dublin)

Scientists in Charge of the projects

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the scientists in charge of the projects as soon as possible. The relevant contacts for the posts that are still open are:

Please note that positions at different institutes will require separate applications.


The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers.  The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country.  The approximate monthly salary before employer and statutory deductions is: €3,259 (Austria); €4,207 (Denmark); €3,452 (France); €3,072 (Germany); €3,529 (Ireland); and €3,741 (UK) plus an additional mobility allowance of €600/month. Researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment. Please visit the  EU MSCA website  for further information.

The ESRs will be enrolled in a  vibrant PhD programme of leading academic and industrial researchers. In addition to their individual scientific projects, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training programme comprising an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, workshops and engagement with cutting-edge research.

Eligibility requirements

There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. At the time of appointment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment; AND shall also be in the first four years of their research careers at the time of appointment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.