How to Apply

SAGEX is offering 15 Early-Stage Researcher  (ESR) 3-year PhD positions to begin in 2018/19

Positions that are already open online for application

The application process has now started. The following positions are already open for application, please click on the link provided if you wish to apply:

Scientists in Charge of the projects

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact as soon as possible the Scientists in Charge of the projects. Positions at different institutions 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.