The next round of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships is now open, with a deadline of 12 October (https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/calls/msca-postdoctoral-fellowships-2021). The Natural History Museum (London and Tring, UK) has a very successful track record of hosting these postdocs, and there are currently 2 in the NHM Bird Group. If anyone is interested in applying and working on seabirds, islands, plastics, contaminants, conservation, new tools/techniques, museum collections, etc., get in touch by 15 July 2021. Applications are shared between the fellow, host, and institution.
Funding covers a generous stipend (ca. £5500/month before taxes), mobility and family costs of relocating, and EUR 1000/month research expenses, and are 2 years in duration (so EUR 20,000 for research costs). The NHM Bird Group currently has 6 curators and two post-doctoral fellows. Start date would be between March 2022-February 2023 (i.e., up to one year after decisions are announced).
Prospective fellows must meet some eligibility requirements:
-Can’t have spent >12 of the last 36 months in the UK
-Previous post-doctoral experience & publication track record HIGHLY recommended
-Must relocate to the UK (remote working is not possible under this funding scheme)
-Defended PhD by Oct 2021; < 8 years postdoc experience
For more information on our bird research at the NHM see https://alexanderbond.org and https://adriftlab.org/
Anyone interested in a joint application should email their CV and their broad area(s) of interest. I'm particularly interested in supporting applications from underrepresented groups, including women, LGBTQ+, and Indigenous researchers.