We are now in our second round of vacancies. In this rounds the positions for ESR 3, 10 and 14 will be filled. There are separate vacancy texts for ESR 3 and 10 and for ESR 14.

Only submission through the links provided in the vacancies will be taken into consideration! Applications submitted via email or via other websites will not be taken into consideration. The deadline for applications is 7 June (ESR14) and 9 June (ESR 3 and 10) 2021.

This webpage provides additional information regarding the recruitment for the ESRs in REPAIRS. Read ALL this information carefully before you apply!

This web-page provides two types of information. First, additional information on the recruitment eligibility and procedure is provided. Second, information on the different ESR projects is presented in two overview tables to show that a wide range of disciplines is required for those vacancies. Check these tables if you want to know whether your expertise matches with that required in REPAIRS!

Who is eligible to apply?

Only applicants who comply with the eligibility criteria of the MSCA grant can apply. These criteria concern conditions of mobility and experience.

The recruited fellows may be a national of a Member state, of an Associated Country or of any third country, that is, the ESR can have almost any nationality. However, the researchers are required to move to another country when being appointed. More specifically, the recruited fellow must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of his/her host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Note that short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. This implies that:

  • an applicant of nationality X who has studied/worked in country X all his/her life can not apply for a position in country X,
  • an applicant of nationality X who has studied/worked in country Y for at least 2 years in the past 3 years can apply for a position in country X,
  • an applicant of nationality X who has studied/worked in country Y for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to recruitment can not apply for a position in country Y

Applicants from a country against which EU restrictive measures are in place (see https://sanctionsmap.eu/#/main) should carefully check their eligibility.

The eligibility criteria used to recruit Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) follows the guidelines of the Research Executive Agency (REA) that executes the MSCA. These guidelines state that at the date of recruitment by the host organization the ESRs should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. These four years are measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate (as a PhD student), either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is or was ever envisaged.

Recruitment procedure

The recruitment procedure consists of three phases:

Phase 1

Applicants have to submit their application through the link in the vacancy texts. We will first do a check on the eligibility of the applicant, hence applicants should make sure that the information regarding mobility and experience in the past years is clearly provided in the motivation letter or CV.

Applicants will be assessed on:

  • relevance and level of educational program, scientific skills, and technical skills,
  • level of scientific knowledge of the field,
  • level of academic performance and analytical skills,
  • independence in doing research,
  • motivation and expected capacity to work in a high-level international, interdisciplinary and intersectorial research training program,
  • evidence of and willingness to develop teamwork,
  • evidence of and willingness to develop softskills,
  • language skills (see below).

Phase 2

Applicants who rank in the top in Phase 1 will be invited for Phase 2. This phase will contain 1 or 2 interviews and most likely an assignment. Applicants will be informed about the details when they are invited for this phase.

Reference letter

In the reference letter the following questions should be answered in a structured manner. It is advised to send these exact instructions to the referent.

  • How do you know the applicant and what is your relation to the applicant?
  • What is the best scientific skill of the applicant?
  • Which scientific skill or skills does the applicant need to develop further?
  • How independent is the applicant as a researcher?
  • What are the strong points of this applicant?
  • Which points can the applicant improve?
  • How does the applicant work in a team?
  • Only if the applicant does not have his/her Master degree: What is the current status of the applicant with respect to obtaining the Master degree? Provide an indication of the likeliness that the applicant will obtain the Master degree before the planned start of the appointment (1 September 2021).


Information about the ESR projects

An overview of the different backgrounds that are relevant for the different ESR projects

Discipline ESR project
3 10 14
Human Movement Science / Kinesiology / Exercise and Sport Science x x
Mathematics / Physics x
Machine learning x
Rehabilitation Science x x
Experimental Psychology x x
Biomedical Engineering x x x
Cognitive Science x x
Artificial Intelligence x
Computer Science Engineering x
Behavioural Sciences x x
Developmental Psychology x

The focus of the different ESR projects and the patient groups involved.

Involved levels of perception-action cycle ESR Research Focus Translation to clinical rehabilitation practice
Muscles & Joints


3 Single individual Patients suffering from mild stroke affecting the upper limb




10 Single individual Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
All levels 14 Developing insights on the challenges of applying a systems approach