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We will recruit three talented and passionate early stage researchers to undertake their PhD studies within APPFlow. Details of the research projects are available here.


APPFLow will adhere to the principles of Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers set out in The European Charter for Researchers. ESR recruitment and selection is a joint responsibility of the APPFlow beneficiaries. We have tailored the process to recruit researchers that can best contribute to the success of the ITN.

Applications for the ESR positions will be accepted from 21st February to 26th March. Please take the time to understand the aims and objectives of an MSCA European Industrial Doctorate and the APPFlow programme / projects.


Applicants of any nationality are eligible to apply, subject to the following conditions set out by the European Commission:

Career Stage Rule

Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full -time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Mobility Rule

  1. The researcher must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

  2. Short stays (e.g. holidays) are not taken into account.

  3. Eligible researchers must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the date of recruitment in the appointing organisation (Queen’s University Belfast, QUB).

  4. Refugees: procedures for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are counted as a period of residence in the country or organisation (i.e. are not included in (1) or (3) above).


The “date of recruitment” refers to the first day of employment of the researcher within APPFlow.

Sanctions Compliance

Nationals or residents from some countries, and for some scientific fields, may be subject to EU sanctions if restrictive measures are in place.

  • Clarification may be sought from researchers who are nationals of countries subject to EU sanctions and working in particular fields. A list of these countries is found here.

For clarification on these rules, please contact us.

How to Apply

To apply for ESR positions in APPFlow you should apply online through the Queen’s University Belfast APPFlow application page. To do this, you must first register to create an account.

Please complete all information marked with * on all pages.

Click here for general guidance for applying using the Queen's University Belfast online system.

Please note the following:

Before customising your CV to this application you should read the job description and selection criteria.
Your CV must demonstrate clearly and unambiguously how your experience, education and research background meets the requirements (found here) of the positions and the specific project(s) you are applying for. Where applicable this should include a statement of your relevant research or professional experience and any publications if you have any.

Your application must also include a cover letter. The cover letter should be no longer than 2 pages of A4 (no less than 10pt). Please state why you are interested in APPFlow, and why you have been motivated to apply for the project(s) you have nominated (please state if you wish to be considered for more than 1 project). Any relevant skills you possess, and any relevant prior experience you have should also be included.

Please do not send copies of publications, references or testimonials at this stage.

You must submit the cover letter and your CV as a single file.


Equal Opportunities Monitoring Information: Please note that this form is not used as part of the selection process and the recruitment panel will not have access to the monitoring information.

Selection Process

An eligibility screening will take place immediately after closure of the online applications. This will be carried out by APPFlow coordination staff at Queen’s University Belfast.


Applicants who do not appear to comply with MSCA-ITN mobility and career stage eligibility requirements will be asked to provide more evidence: applicants who cannot demonstrate their eligibility will be notified by APPFlow and excluded from shortlisting.We anticipate this stage will take 7-10 days


Eligible applications will be forwarded to the interview panel, which will include the supervisors of APPFlow. This panel will grade each application according to the essential and desirable criteria listed in the job description. Only research experience and information provided in the CV and cover letter will be used to arrive at a final assessment for each application.

The selection panel will select candidates for interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified and feedback will be made available on request.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview at QUB. Each interview will be conducted by a panel that will include the APPFlow supervisors. If necessary, a phone or video interview will be organised instead of a face-to-face interview. In addition to the selection criteria used in the application assessment, candidates will be evaluated on interview performance.


Candidates will be ranked by each selection panel, including a list of reserve candidates.


Candidates will be informed of the final outcome by QUB as soon as possible after the selection process has concluded. Feedback will be made available on request.

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