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Postdoctoral Fellowship Program FP-RESOMUS - Call 2 opened November 1, 2019


Closing Date
WorkplaceZurich, All regions, Switzerland
Duration24 months
Occupation rate100%
Job StartEnvisaged May 1, 2020

The postdoctoral Fellowship Program FP-RESOMUS (Resolving Solvation with Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology) is a joint effort of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research Molecular Ultrafast Science and Technology ( NCCR MUST ) and the German Cluster of Excellence RESOLV (Ruhr Explores Solvation), and is a Horizon 2020 Maria Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Action. FP-RESOMUS will fund two calls (25 fellowships each) for postdocs who are or will be employed in the Swiss research network NCCR MUST or the German Cluster of Excellence RESOLV. In the NCCR MUST network, the gross salary of the fellows is between Euro 5’550 – 7’600 per month (different for each partner organisation). The gross salary of a postdoctoral fellow in the RESOLV network can be calculated on TV-L E13 and ranges from Euro 3840 to 5620 per month, according to the public service’s wage agreement. For more information, please visit our website: fp-resomus.eu .

FP-RESOMUS includes more than 50 research groups from NCCR MUST and RESOLV who strive to increase the fundamental understanding of the interactions and dynamics of molecules, liquids, solutions, and solids at the molecular, atomic, and electronic level. The tools used to gain this understanding are state-of-the-art laser technology, microscopy, and simulation methods.

FP-RESOMUS aims to attract postdoctoral fellows from around the world (incoming), strengthen the exchange of postdoctoral researchers between the two networks (outgoing) and enable the return of Swiss and German researchers working overseas into a European research environment (re-integration). The structured bi-national program is set up to provide high-level, comprehensive postdoctoral training, giving experienced researchers ample opportunity to expand their professional knowledge, skills, and experience.

This fellowship program receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801459, the Swiss National Science Foundation through the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR MUST, and the German Research Foundation (DFG) under Germany´s Excellence Strategy – EXC 2033 – Project ID: 390677874.


The program focusses on individual research training in the context of research projects developed in collaboration with an NCCR MUST or RESOLV scientist who is listed under Projects on the FP-RESOMUS website. Fellows will be encouraged to undertake secondments within the FP-RESOMUS network. Fellows will also be offered training in transferable skills, and have concrete opportunities to apply their new skills. Formal courses may be selected within all participating institutions. This holistic approach is designed to benefit the career development of each fellow, as well as the receiving research groups and the scientific field as a whole.


To be eligible for a Fellowship, the following general Maria Skłodowska-Curie Action requirements must be met:

  • A PhD degree in one of the FP-RESOMUS related scientific fields: the PhD degree must have been awarded no more than four years prior to the date of recruitment. Exceptions are made for:
    • parents with young children: one additional year per child can be claimed up to a maximum of three years
    • other documented and justifiable career breaks, such as illness or disabilities.
  • At least one peer-reviewed original publication is required at the time of the application
  • Mobility: applicants are eligible if they have lived, or had their main activity (work, studies etc.), in the intended host country (Switzerland or Germany) for fewer than 12 months within the past three years at the time of the call deadline. The program is open for candidates from EU member States, associated or third countries. Please read the MSCA eligibility criteria carefully.
Please refer to the eligibility check on the FP-RESOMUS website to assess your formal eligibility for the program. Eligible candidates can apply online through the FP-RESOMUS submission page . A password for this page will be provided after a positive eligibility check.

Note that you must prepare your application jointly with one of the FP-RESOMUS principal investigators (PIs) listed on the FP-RESOMUS projects page . This means that you are either already employed in one of the FP-RESOMUS research groups for fewer than 12 months before the call deadline, or that you are applying for an open position with the intended host PI.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2020, 24:00 CET.

For further information about our program, please contact the Management Team of FP-RESOMUS using the contact form on the website.

We offer

FP-RESOMUS offers an interdisciplinary, innovative and collaborative research environment. In addition to a systematic training on the job, you will profit from personal development possibilities and the opportunity to attend transferable skills courses. Research visits to partner institutions within FP-RESOMUS are encouraged and supported. It is the aim of FP-RESOMUS to grant attractive postdoctoral positions to outstanding and highly motivated applicants, regardless of their nationality and gender. On-site infrastructures guarantee a family-friendly environment and modern employment conditions.

The fellowships provide a fixed sum as a contribution towards the salary of the postdoc for a maximum of 2 years. Employment after the end of the fellowship must be financed from other sources.

Contact and Address

FP-RESOMUS is managed by the administration offices of the NCCR MUST and the Cluster of Excellence RESOLV .

Dr. Julia Nowack
CEO Cluster of Excellence RESOLV
Fakultät für Chemie und Biochemie
ZEMOS 2.17
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum

Dr. Jan van Beilen
Auguste-Piccard-Hof 1
ETH Zurich
8093 Zurich



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