General Information

Vacancy for one Early Stage Researcher in HONOURs

EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie project on host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis; Project 721367

HONOURs is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) training network with a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. HONOURs is looking for highly motivated and talented students with a MSc degree in Life Sciences who are interested in infectious diseases. The objective of HONOURs is to train 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) at the interface of veterinary and human health, virology, biostatistics, and pathogen discovery.

HONOURs offers:

  • Highly competitive and attractive salary and working conditions
  • Challenging research projects to lead to a dissertation (PhD thesis)
  • Excellent facilities for research
  • Training in state-of-the-art scientific skills and transferable skills
  • Training in academic and industrial settings
  • Secondments in several research laboratories

HONOURs is looking for candidates that:

  • Are highly motivated and talented
  • Are keen on intra-Europe mobility to perform research abroad
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have a MSc degree in Life Sciences or obtain a MSc degree by March 2019.
  • Have obtained high grades during her/his studies
  • Have English language proficiency
  • Fulfil the eligibility criteria for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) training network  H2020 (see below “specific eligibility criteria”)



  • Applications include a Motivation letter, a CV, and Reference letter(s).
  • Applications via, subject: APPLICATION_HONOURs_ESR6
  • Deadline of application:  01 January 2019 


Recruitment procedure:

An HONOURs Selection Committee (SC) is appointed. The SC chooses between 10 and maximum 30 candidates per positions for the first round of selection. The selected candidates will provide a 15 minute presentation via Skype, examined by the SC. In a second round of selection a face to face meeting with the candidates will be organized. In order to facilitate travel, selected candidates will receive a fixed, lump sum of 250 euro (in case they are not residing in the country of the host institute). The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers functions as a set of principles and ensures that the selection procedures are transparent and fair. The selected ESR is to start around March 2019.

HONOURs specifically encourages women, social minorities, and refugees to apply.

Specific eligibility criteria:

The eligibility criteria of MSCA training networks apply. Only applicants who comply to the following conditions will be considered:

Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who are, at the time of recruitment by the host, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the 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 research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged.

Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake trans-national mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. At the time of selection by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.



Host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis; a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 721367.