Postdoctoral Positions in the SOLAIRE Network

General Statement and Description  

Specific job description  

Duration and starting date

Nature of appointment and salary

Who can apply

Application procedure

Information and queries


General Statement and Description

In the framework of the SOLAIRE Marie Curie Network, two positions are available to carry out research at the recent postdoctoral level. These positions are open to young researchers working in any of the fields covered by the SOLAIRE network. SOLAIRE is a joint initiative of 12 European Universities and Research Institutes and a private R&D company (see The appointing institution can be any of the following members of the network:

       Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain

       Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium

       Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Lindau, Germany

       Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark

       Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Oslo, Norway

       Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France

       Universita di Catania, Italy.


 Specific job description

These positions are open to young researchers working in any of the fields covered by the SOLAIRE network. Priority will be given to candidates whose research activity can clearly contribute to enhancing the interaction and collaboration between the nodes of the network. When applying, candidates are advised to state their preference concerning appointing node(s) and to mention any interest in (or specific plans of) collaborating with further nodes of the network.


Duration and Starting Date

Each of these two positions can last for up to 12 months. Due to administrative constraints, the contracts cannot extend beyond May 31st, 2011. Hence, priority will be given to candidates who can start as early as possible after the end of the selection process. It is recommended that the candidates state their preference(s) concerning starting date. When contacting the candidates in the short list, they will be made a specific offer concerning host institution, duration of contract and start of the appointment.

Nature of the Appointment and Salary

Salary and additional benefits will follow the applicable national and European Union rules. The salary for this employment is adapted to the country of the host institution following the rules laid out by the European Commission (EC). The basic gross salary is augmented by a mobility allowance depending on the marital status of the applicant.  In addition, the appointees will receive travel allowances in accordance with the EC's rules for Marie Curie Networks. Details about salary and benefits can be obtained through the contact address given below.

Who Can Apply?

At the time of signing the contract, the successful candidates must be in possession of a PhD and have between 4 and 10 years of research experience after obtaining a degree that gives access to doctoral studies in the country in which the degree was obtained.  The position is open to nationals of any EU or associated country other than the country of the appointing node or to persons having resided in the EU for at least 4 of the 5 years prior to the appointment. Additionally, at the start of their appointment, the candidates may not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of the appointing node for more than 12 months in the previous 3 years. Further conditions and exceptions can be obtained in the contact address given below. The Solaire network especially encourages applications from women.

Application procedure

Eligible applicants must provide the following information:

- A letter of application including a statement of suitability for the position and of future research plans if awarded the position
- A full CV (including dates/locations of employment)
- List of publications
- Photocopy or digital scan of PhD certificate and passport photograph page/identity card

Additionally, they must provide for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly by the persons recommending the candidate.

All documents must be sent via email to the following address (please, indicate in the Subject: Solaire Postdoctoral Position)

If submission via airmail is preferred by the candidate, please write to that email address indicating your interest in applying and requesting a postal address.

Deadline: reception of applications will be closed on April 4th, 2010.  The selection committee will start contacting the selected candidates by mid April. Late submissions (i.e., with arrival date after April 4th) could also be considered if no suitable candidate is found in the first selection process.

Information and queries

For further information  visit the Solaire web page:

 Contact email addresses: 

            Concerning administrative issues:

            Concerning research and training issues: F. Moreno-Insertis,