CORAL-ITN offers 15 fully funded positions for Early Stage Researchers (ESR)

Are you interested in exploring the impacts of collaborative workspaces in rural and peripheral areas?

Within the project CORAL the consortium offers positions for:

15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR – PhD) for 36 months with starting date 01/09/2021

**Please note that you can apply only for one ESR position**

CORAL aims to unpack the latent dynamics and impacts of collaborative workspaces (hereafter CWS) in rural and peripheral areas and integrate them as development tools in local and regional policies to open up new potentials for socio-economic development. Whereas we have observed the rapid rise of CWS in urban agglomerations in the past 15 years, there is now a gradual rise of CWS in rural and peripheral areas too. However, there is as yet no clear evidence about their functions, impacts and the ways that policymaking could promote rural CWS and assist in linking the development of CWS with processes of local and regional socio-economic development. In fact, that policy link is much needed for those disadvantaged or peripheral places, as only a few EU policies have assisted, in a fragmented way, the development of CWS in peripheral and rural areas. At the same time, there is an urgent need for qualified professionals in academia, administrations and policy, to effectively promote tools such as CWS in the lagging parts of the EU and by that, open up new development options.

The CORAL project will offer specialised and tailor-made training to 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESR: PhD candidates), helping them to better understand and support the development processes of CWS in rural and peripheral areas and their wider impacts at the local and regional level as well as at the level of the individual worker and the enterprise. Moreover, through different means of dissemination and exploitation (knowledge exchange days, CORAL schools, digital platform), the impacts of CORAL aim to reach a wider audience ranging from public policymakers to private stakeholders and CWS communities across the EU.

The 15 ESR projects include intersectoral secondments, local and network-wide transferable, theoretical as well as methodological skills training. The project will actively assist PhD candidates in achieving a doctoral degree within the scheduled time of three years. All fellows will have the unique opportunity to work in interdisciplinary and multinational teams with excellent links to national and international research networks.

The CORAL consortium consists of nine beneficiaries (five academic and four non-academic) and six partner organisations (four academic and two non-academic) from six EU Member States. More information about CORAL can be found on the project website: and on CORDIS:

Employment conditions


The basic gross amount salary (i.e. living allowance) is in the range of 2900 – 3479€ per month (depending on the host country correction coefficient, see more details:, pages 99-100).

The researchers will also receive an additional mobility allowance (600€ per month) and a family allowance (500€ per month, in case researchers have a family).


Eligibility criteria:

Eligible candidates may be of any nationality.

At the time of recruitment, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 last years immediately prior to the recruitment date (that is between 31/8/2018 to 1/9/2021).


Early Stage Researchers (ESR – PhD positions):

Candidates must be, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the Master degree which would formally entitle them to embark on doctorate studies.


Further requirements:

Each fellow will have to organize 1-3 secondments (temporary transfer to another CORAL partner) during the duration of his/her employment.

Each fellow is expected to participate actively in the network management tasks and organization of training/network events as well as in regular yearly outreach activities targeting different audiences.

Excellent use of English language (including both written and oral fluency) is essential.

Fellows should be ready to learn the respective local language (if necessary, language courses will be organized by the project partners).

Selection process:

We are now looking for highly motivated candidates for 15 ESR positions (PhD – 36 months) with the starting date 01 September 2021.

The closing date for receipt of applications will be 21 March 2021. A first selection round will take place immediately after this deadline. All supervisors and co-supervisors will be involved in this process. A detailed list of selection criteria will be defined that contains aspects such as qualifications and grades of the candidate, quality of the application, motivation, previous experience in CWS, rurality/peripherality, proficiency in English and other languages, gender and geographical balance. Successful candidates will be invited for an interview at the CORAL virtual kick-off meeting (mid-April 2021). Each interview will be attended by a selection panel composed of the intended supervisors. Invited candidates will be asked to give a short presentation outlining their previous work followed by a presentation of the proposed PhD research within the frame of the ESR topic. This will be followed by a discussion, where candidates will be asked questions about their motivation, expertise and the scientific topic covered in the presentation.

Detailed preconditions for entering PhD studies in accordance with respective national rules will be announced to the applicants after the first selection round.

A more detailed description of the CORAL project, the individual positions and the online application form are available at CORAL website: Please choose only one of the positions and provide the following documents in 1 single pdf-file with your application:

  1. Cover letter (max. 2 pages)
  2. CV (max. 2 pages, including a list of all countries of residence in the last 4 years),
  3. Details of at least two referees OR two reference letters,
  4. Copies of certificates (Bachelor & Master’s degrees with list of completed modules, English and other language certificate),
  5. Work samples (e.g. journal publication and/or Master’s thesis summary),
  6. List of publications (if any).

In case of any questions regarding the project or the positions available please contact:

Recruitment, selection and appointments follow the European Charter & Code of Conduct   ( All CORAL partners commit  themselves to providing equal employment opportunities for all applicants, independently of gender or gender identification, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability status.21


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.