Fellows Initiative Natural Sciences (FINS)
A career for junior scientists in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.
The Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU has set up the FINS initiative in 2014 to identify and support excellent junior scientists from outside Norway to pursue an academic research career. Specifically, the initiative provides a framework for the applicant and the academic host to submit applications for Marie Sklodowska Curie Action (MSCA) Individual Fellowships.
FINS initiative in 2019
The FINS-initiative in 2019 will primarily involve three components:
- Academic staff at NV faculty identify excellent candidates through their scientific network within 1st of May 2019.
- A one-day seminar will be arranged on the 4th of June 2019, where the academic staff participating and the fellows they have identified, will have opportunities to discuss possible joint projects in more detail. These discussions will be complemented with sessions on how to write Marie Curie applications, visit local research infrastructure and meet scientists, learn about NTNU as an academic institution and employer and explore the city of Trondheim.
- All reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for the fellows will be covered by the initiative.
- During the proposal development phase (from beginning of June until submission deadline in the middle of September 2019), the academic staff and fellows will be supported in their proposal development by experienced reviewers and EU advisors.
What we offer to those submitting an MSCA fellowship application
The NV faculty appreciates that applications for MSCA fellowships are highly competitive and sometimes even an outstanding candidate may not be successful. Therefore, the faculty has decided to support the FINS initiative with a postdoctoral position fully funded for two years. This position will be awarded to the applicant with the highest score for the MSCA application submitted, which is not funded by the European Commission.
What we offer to successful MSCA-Fellows
Successful MSCA fellowship applicants will be offered at least one additional year of employment at NTNU on top of the EU-funded 2-year MSCA-fellowship, with the expectation that the fellow develops and submits an ERC-application to be held at NTNU. If the ERC application is successful, the NV-faculty will advertise an associate professor tenure-track position precisely in the area of research covered by the ERC-funded research project at the end of fellowship phase.
Formal eligibility requirements for MSCA-applications
- You need to have a doctoral degree or at least four years full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline in September.
- You can only apply if you have NOT resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc) in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years preceding the application deadline in September 2019. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. If any questions exist about these formal requirements, the academic staff involved at NTNU will be able to clarify this.