Job Desciption

Main purpose of job

The Universities Alliance DTA3/COFUND Consortium is pleased to invite applications from early stage researchers (see Qualifications/Training point B below) to its DTA3/COFUND PhD Fellowship Programme, which is funded through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme.

The DTA3 Consortium comprises 15 full University partners all of whom are offering specific full time PhD fellowship opportunities. DTA3 brings together three existing Doctoral Training Alliance programmes in Applied Biosciences for Health, Energy and Social Policy.

Each Fellowship will be hosted by one of the Consortium University partners and the individual Fellow employed by the host.

Principal Responsibility and Duties:

  • To undertake supervised scientific research to include preparing, setting up, conducting and recording outcomes of projects, experiments, field work, interviews, etc.
  • To liaise with other research staff within relevant research groups, e.g., Research Fellows, Principal Investigators, etc, to enhance expertise and knowledge and contribute to the overall success of that group.
  • To undertake international and / or industrial placements where necessary / appropriate.
  • To interact with external partners / industrial contacts in a professional manner.
  • To analyse and interpret results of own research using standard research methods and techniques.
  • To prepare high quality reports of findings and to present these findings to relevant supervisors and research groups (to include progress reports).
  • To write up research findings in line with host institution PhD requirements / regulations and produce a high standard of thesis for examination.
  • To actively participate and contribute to the DTA3 training programme, e.g., electives, summer schools, etc., to enhance personal and professional development, which contributes to research knowledge and skills.
  • To comply with host institution policies relating to health and safety, equality of opportunity and data protection and management.
  • Carry out any other appropriate duties as agreed with their PhD supervisors, which may include some minimal teaching at a basic level.

Person Specification

Skills and Abilites


  1. Ability to undertake research through the preparation, setting-up, conducting and recording of the outcomes of experiments, field work and interviews, etc.

  2. Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  3. Ability to use own innitiative and judgement to develop appropriate methodologies and approaches in order to further research

  4. Strong written and oral communication skills in English to produce clear, concise and accurate reports

  5. Excellent IT skills to include any programming . languages / software packages specific to the research project

  6. Ability to prioritise work independently and also as part of the wider research group to deliver research objectives

  7. Ability to undertake research in one or more different countries (where appropriate)

General and Specialist Knowledge


  1. Sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge within the field specific to the research project (see project descriptions for further information)

  2. A sound knowledge of general research processes and methodologies

  3. Knowledge of the requirements of undertaking a PhD programme of research

Relevant Experience


  1. Experience of data collection and presentation of findings in a relevant discipline

  2. Previous experience of undertaking research in a relevant field

  1. Experience of studying or undertaking research in a different country

Qualifications / Training

  1. An Honours degree in a relevant subject (equivalent to UK upper second or first class) OR Masters level degree in a relevant academic subject OR an Honours degree with a lower second class grade combined with a postgraduate Masters degree at Merit.
    N.B. The above qualifications are provided as a guide only and vary between host institutions. Please refer to the specific research project for full details of any essential qualifications and / or training requirements.

  2. Be in the first 4 years (full-time equivalent) of your research career and have not been awarded a PhD by the application closing date. Please see the eligibility criteria for further information and for guidance

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY. For those whose first language is not English and / or if from a country where English is not the majority spoken language (as recognised by UKVI), please refer to the specific research project and / or host institution guidance for details of minimum language requirements.

  1. Relevant training in research methodologies

Other Requirements

  1. Ability to re-locate to the UK

  2. Willingness and ability to undertake international and / or industrial placements as and when appropriate

  3. Willingness and ability to travel flexibility to attend DTA3 COFUND Programme Training activities and summer schools, etc, when required

  4. Must not have been resident nor carried out your main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before taking up a DTA3 opportunity. Please check her for eligibility and further information

It is essential that when making an application, candidates specifically address the criteria set out in the Person Specification. This information will be used in deciding those to be shortlisted.

Please note: Successful candidates will be offered a contract of employment that will be conditional upon satisfactory references, the fulfilment of any conditions specified in the offer of a place on a PhD programme, and confirmation of the candidate’s right to work in the UK or ability to secure a valid visa, if required, from UK Visa and Immigration.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

Job title: DTA3 COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship
Contract: Fixed Term (36 months from date of appointment)
Salary: Minimum Salary for Round 3 (September 2019) from £22,300 p/a (this figure is after UK employer’s National Insurance and pension deduction. Please note the minimum salary that will be paid is €2,597 per month, or €31,164 per year, from which UK employer’s National Insurance and pension contributions will be deducted)
Responsible to: Director of Studies or equivalent
Responsible for: N/A


The DTA3 COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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