Application / Apply@VDSEE

 

Pre-announcement Apply@VDSEE

The VDSEE Call is scheduled early Q3/2021. In order to apply, register yourself at the University of Vienna and open an U: account first. With your u:account user-ID you can Apply@VDSEE.

 

Apply@VDSEE details

The Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution (VDSEE) offers doctoral training across all research fields of the Ecology and Evolution at the University of Vienna. Once a year, open PhD positions will be announced as @VDSEE Call. The first VDSEE call is planned for early Q3/2021.

VDSEE is devoted to educating students in advancing our knowledge on the ecology and evolution of extant and ancestral organisms, populations and communities. In Ecology, the ambition is to better understand the mechanistic and evolutionary drivers of patterns and processes from gene regulation to the structure and function of ecosystems and the impact of communities on the biogeochemical cycles and their adaptive capacity in response to environmental change. In Evolution, we address the evolutionary processes leading to changes in organisation and temporal dynamics of organisms, populations and species at the molecular, developmental, morphological and physiological level.

 

Eligibility criteria

  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs): VDSEE is open to all early stage researchers of any nationality with a Master’s degree or equivalent and who have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
    Parental leave, nursing care of family members, military service or other specific circumstances and constrictive exemptions from the five years rule have to be proven by the applicant.
  • The applicant needs to hold a Master degree or equivalent in the field of the open position or in another relevant discipline entitling the researcher to embark on a doctorate. The degree certificate must be available before being accepted into the doctoral program, or be proven by a supervisor’s statement that the Master degree will be obtained within four months after submission deadline.
  • The VDSEE program language is English; therefore, written and oral English proficiency is expected and essential (at least B2 level).

 

Your profile: We expect applicants to have

  • interest and experience in the research field of the opening and strong interest in scientific work;
  • high level of motivation to complete his/her PhD studies within three years;
  • collaborative attitude;
  • good computer and/or lab work skills needed for research outlined; and
  • experience in writing scientific publications is an asset.

 

Online application

Only online submission via the Recruiting Tool Apply@VDSEE of the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution are accepted.

Applications by Email or other means and applications not fulfilling the formal criteria (e.g. completeness) are not considered for review.

 

Please submit the following mandatory Application Portfolio in English as a single PDF document and composed of:

  1. A motivation letter explaining why you apply to VDSEE, addressing your qualifications and summarising your previous research experiences.  (max. 1 page).
  2. Abstract of your Master thesis (max. 2000 characters, please note that this abstract must be identical to the one you will use in the online application form).
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV) indicating your educational path with time line and academic degrees, addressing your technical proficiency, past/ongoing projects you were scientifically involved along with your publication list, presentations at congresses and awards if applicable (preferable Europass format).
  4. Transcript of records of your MSc curriculum and copies of Bachelor and Master Diploma: certificates in German or in certified English translation in addition to their original language. Self-translated transcripts of your certificates will not be recognized.

Please add additional documents if the following points apply:

  • Confirmation letter: in case the Master thesis is not completed yet, a confirmation letter of your supervisor is required stating that MSc thesis will be defended at least four months after the submission deadline.
  • Please be aware that English is the prevailing programme language. If available, please provide relevant document(s) of proficiency in English, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, School leaving certificate with English as graduation subject.

 

Selection process

Based on academic performance, research experience and motivation to apply to the VDSEE programme, our selection committee will evaluate the quality of your application. Thus, a first round of selection will be made solely based on the submitted documents. This stage of the selection process is to be completed within four weeks after the application deadline. The selection committee selects candidates for interviews based on the criteria outlined above.

The selected candidates will be requested to prepare short summary talks (max. 5 min) of their Master thesis and motivation. A small panel of PIs (3-5) reflecting the respective research field will participate in the interviews. The interviews are held online or in presence and last 15-30 min.

Successful candidates are notified approx. two weeks after the interview, and expected to accept their position within two weeks of their notification.

Ideally, the selected PhD candidates should start their PhD studies within three months after the final decision has been made. However, under certain circumstances (e.g. visa issues) – exceptions are made.

VDSEE values diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

 

Timeline table 2021

The selection procedure is expected to last about 6-8 weeks after deadline, but may last longer dependent on the number of applications.

  • Application opens: most likely early Q3/2021
  • Application closes: planned 21 calendar days after opening date
  • Pre-selection meeting: approximately four weeks after submission deadline
  • Student interview days: within two weeks after the pre-selection meeting
  • Final selection meeting: within one week after the last interview
  • Offers sent out: about one week after the final selection meeting
  • Offer need to be accepted: within two weeks
  • Start of the position: to be expected within three months after the date of final decision*
    * dependent on VISA obligations and procedures, the period until start may be extented)

If you have any questions about the VDSEE programme, please contact the Executive Manager, Ms. Isolde Prommer (docschool.vdsee@univie.ac.at or +43-(0)1-4277-50039)

 

NOTE:

The University of Vienna has an institutionalised gender equality policy and within this framework VDSEE strives to strengthen the career development of female scientists at all qualifications levels and to support compatibility between family and work/training.