The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) CONEX program is launching its second talent recruitment call for the selection of twelve researchers with experience in the three broad knowledge areas: engineering, physics and mathematics; law and social sciences; and lastly, humanities, library science and communication.
The aim of CONEX (CONnecting EXcellence to UC3M) is to offer training and professional development opportunities to world class researchers of any nationality, who are not residents of Spain, so that they can advance in their own professional careers as they contribute their knowledge to the Spanish university scientific system. Accordingly, call candidates can develop their own research and share their experience with one of the University departments or institutes. The goal, in short, is to connect excellence with UC3M though this mobility program.
The objective of the CONEX program is to offer a total of 28 contracts of this type. This second call, which is being launched on November 3, 2014 and open until February 17, 2015, aspires to choose 12 researcher: 2 in the category “Very Experienced Professors”- those having more than 10 years postdoctoral research experience; and 10 in the category “Experienced Professors”- those having had 4-10 years of experience since receiving their doctoral degree. Selection of candidates is scheduled for June, 2015, so that the researchers can join the University by September 15, 2015. The minimum duration of these contracts is 36 months.
Talent without borders
In this new call, the mobility requirements have been modified: in the first one, only researchers who had not resided or worked in Spain during the 3 years prior to the closing of the call could apply; whereas in this second call, this requirement is not as strict and researchers who have not worked or resided in Spain for more than 12 months during the last three years prior to the close of the call can apply.
The research work can be freely chosen within UC3M research areas. The research group itself or the group leader may intercede in seeking to achieve the maximum benefit for the development of the candidate’s research career, provided that it is related to a UC3M scientific area. At the same time, the University will benefit in a scientific context from the arrival of the contracted researchers, including those from Spain, thereby fomenting the return of researchers of excellence.
The CONEX Program, co-funded by the European Union (through the PEOPLE program del FP7 – PCOFUND-GA-2012-600371- and by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (COFUND2013-40258 y COFUND2014-51509), is complementary to and coherent with other University initiatives facilitating mobility.