Guidelines for applicants

Application deadline: Monday, October 24th, 2016

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A single selection process is managed to offer 12 Doctoral positions, ensuring a competitive and transparent international recruitment. The Doctoral course lasts 3 years, starting from the signature of the contract, and it includes three core elements:Training; Research and Mobility.


The Early Stage Researchers will complete the Doctoral Course and obtain the PhD title by completing the three following mandatory phases: Training (30 ECTS); Research project with, at least, two active participations to international congress in the relative scientific sector, and at least one paper on a JCR journal; Thesis defense.


Eligibility criteria for applicants


In order to participate to the selection, applicants shall fulfil the following requirements, on pain of exclusion, at the time of the deadline for submission of proposals (October 24th, 2016):

  1. hold 2nd Level Master Degree (120 ECTS + 180 ECTS in a bachelor degree) or, in alternative, a single- cycle degree (minimum 300 ECTS), or a comparable University degree (second-cycle qualification) in Food or Life Sciences.
  2. Be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research career.
  3.  Not yet being awarded the doctoral degree.
  4. Have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than twelve (12) months in the three (3) years immediately prior to the call deadline (mobility rule).
  5. Have a good level of English providing proof of the language proficiency, established via an internationally recognised test (i.e. TOEFL with grade 4.5 in paper based-test and/or University of Cambridge Certificate grade B2), or certified by a letter of reference or, in case of mother tongue, certified by a self-declaration.



PhD Title

  • The Early Stage Researchers involved in the projects n. 3; 6; 10; 11 will be awarded the Cellular andMolecular Biotechnologies PhD.
  • The Early Stage Researchers involved in the projects n. 1; 2; 5; 7 will be awarded the Food Science PhD.
  • The Early Stage Researchers involved in the projects n. 4; 8; 9; 12 will be awarded the Veterinary Medical Sciences, Public Health and Animal Welfare PhD.

Application process


The application process is entirely supported by an on-line interface system through the Rep-Eat website. The application must include:

  1. Signed CV in europass format.
  2. Signed motivation letter related to the selected ESR project.
  3. At least 1 signed letter of reference.
  4. Certificated copy of the University degree.
  5. Certificated copy of the academic transcript.
  6. Proof of the English language knowledge.
  7. Copy of a valid Identity Document.
  8. Other documents/titles deemed useful for the application.

Each single attachment has to be uploaded in pdf format. The maximum size limit of each attachment is 2 MbytesThe applicant may apply for one or more research project, sending one on-line application for each selected project.

The on-line submission of the application for each selected project cannot be overwritten, so if an applicant desires to replace her/his application for one same position due to e.g. mistake in the information provided or documentation included, only the most recent submission before the deadline will be considered. UniTE accepts no responsibility for incorrect contact details or documents corrupted or unreadable.



Selection process


The selection process is carried out according to the principles stated in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers signed by UniTE. The selection of 12 Early Stage Researchers will be managed through the following steps:

  1. Eligibility check.
  2. Evaluation of candidature (CV; letter of motivation; at least 1 letter of reference).
  3. Skype interview.
  4. Final selection.
  5. Enrolment and signature of the contract and Career Development Plan.

Contract remuneration


The monthly remuneration is € 2600 per Early Stage Researcher. This amount includes living allowance, mobility allowance, social security contributions and taxes. The remuneration will be supplemented with a Family allowance, for those researchers that have a family status and rights, corresponding to € 200/gross per month per Early Stage Researcher. Accident and health insurance will be paid by UniTE. A family allowance will be paid in case the researcher has family obligations. In this context, family is defined as persons linked to the researcher (i) by marriage, or (ii) a relationship with equivalent status to a marriage recognised by the legislation of the country where this relationship was formalised; or (iii) as dependent children who are actually being maintained by the researcher. The family status of a researcher will be determined at the deadline of the call and will not be revised during the lifetime of the action.





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