Job offers

5GSmartFact offers 14 positions for early-stage-researchers (ESRs)

All positions are closed

Job conditions

Training and secondments

Each ESR will follow a research training plan and a secondment plan in another institution, whose duration depends on the specific job offer. The training includes the development of research tasks, publication in conferences and journals, participation in specific schools and courses (see 5GSmartFact training) as well as various networking and management tasks of the ITN.

Financial aspects

The host organisation will recruit the researchers under a 3-year employment contract including social security coverage. All researchers will be entitled to a gross salary and a mobility allowance that will depend on the country and the recruiting entity.

Moreover, a family allowance will be paid should the researcher have family, regardless of whether the family will move with the researcher or not. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher by (i) marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the national or relevant regional legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher. The family status of a researcher will be determined at the time of their recruitment and will not evolve during the project lifetime. Family allowance will also depend on the country and the recruiting entity, ranging from 4,700 to 6,000 EUR/year.

The salary table is illustrative of the total allowance for the researcher (after deducting employer contributions).

Starting the contract

Researchers are expected to join their host organisations by September2021 (estimated).

Selection process

Applicants can apply to up to 3 individual job offers. The selection process will take into account the priority specified by the applicant.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must fulfil the following rules in order to be eligible:

  • Early-Stage Rule

Applicants should be, at the time of recruitment by the host institution, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree, which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate.

  • Mobility Rule

Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country indicated for each position (see below) 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.

  • PhD Rule

The selected candidates must apply for the doctoral programme indicated in the job offer of their choice.

Evaluation criteria

Eligible candidates will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1) Curriculum vitae
2) Academic performance (diplomas, university transcripts, etc.)
3) Research and industrial experience
4) Awards and fellowships
5) Publications and patents
6) Research, leadership, and creativity potential
7) English knowledge
8) Other relevant items: please check each ESR position for more details.

Short-listed candidates for each position will be invited to an on-line interview.


In the recruitment process, gender equality is guaranteed. Gender balance measures are applied in the selection process, aiming at covering both gender awareness and gender dimension in research content. The Recruitment Committee of 5GSmartFact ensures: i) strict adherence to the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, ii) equal opportunities for men, women and underrepresented minority ethnic candidates in science and engineering, including refugees. In case of candidates with equal merits, priority is given to those that help to achieve a better gender balance. Absolutely no discrimination is made based on gender, nationality, or religious beliefs for the candidates. In all cases, the recruited PhD will abide by host organisation national rules and EU legislation rules.

When and how to apply

All positions are closed.