Open Call for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie PhD position

Call for Applications

PhD offer on the topic of:

“Understanding the different dimensions of human-nature connectedness for conservation and restoration management in the Mediterranean”


PhD within the wider framework of the project:

MEDiverSEAty – “In quest of the human dimensions of MEDiterranean Marine Biodiversity”




1.    Applications are invited for a pre-doctoral contract within the framework of the MEDiverSEAty Marie Sklodowska-Curie Doctoral Network for a PhD position focusing on “Understanding the different dimensions of human-nature connectedness for conservation and restoration management in the Mediterranean”. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101119700. For further information on the Marie Curie schemes and eligibility please visit Further information on the MEDiverSEAty project is available at


2.  Candidates must be in possession of Master’s degree or equivalent in an area of study related to the proposed area of research and ideally in one of the following areas: socio-ecological sciences, sustainability sciences, geography, political science, sociology, anthropology, marine biology, and any other area deemed appropriate by the selection board.  Applicants are required to have a high command of English and excellent command of Spanish.


3.  Candidates must comply with the following Marie Curie Grant rules, including the H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule, and the Early Stage Researcher criteria:


H2020 MSCA Mobility Rule: Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host organisation (Spain) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention will not be taken into account.


H2020 MSCA ESR eligibility criteria:  Candidates must be, at the date of recruitment by the host organisation, in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).


4. Throughout the programme the appointed candidate will be hosted at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies (IMEDEA) located in Mallorca (Balearic Islands). The selected candidate will be seconded to one of the research locations agreed by the MEDiverSEAty project consortium, for which length of stay and location shall be agreed and endorsed by the supervisory team of the Early-Stage Researchers (PhD candidate). The candidates will also be expected to attend a number of multidisciplinary research-related scientific courses as well as summer schools, winter schools and skills workshops. These will be organised by the MEDiverSEAty project partners.


5.   The successful candidates will be expected to work forty hours per week for a definite period of three years. The post carries an annual salary of €34,400, which includes a living and a mobility allowance. Where applicable, candidates are eligible for an additional monthly family allowance of up €660 (employers' share excluded).


        The mobility allowance covers the costs related to the mobility of recruited researchers, such as travel and accommodation. This allowance covers only personal costs incurred by researchers (as opposed to costs linked to professional activities which are covered under the contribution for research, training and networking).

        The family allowance aims to compensate additional costs due to family obligations.


6. The candidates must work exclusively for the project during the employment contract.


7. Candidates should submit the following to

-          A Curriculum Vitae, including their skills and educational and career trajectory and their place of residence and place of main activities (work, studies, etc.) in 3 preceding years (maximum 3 pages, font 11 or higher)

-          University Qualification transcripts (grades). Undergraduate and MSc

-          A statement of motivation encompassing both their personal motivation for pursuing a PhD position and their research interests as they relate to the specific project 'In quest of the human dimensions of Mediterranean Marine Biodiversity' offered by IMEDEA

-          A one-page outline of the proposed research questions, approach and research design of the PhD project building on the project description offered on MEDiverSEAty’s web page.

-          The name and contact details of two referees who can comment on their skills, experience, and suitability for postgraduate research (referees will only be contacted for candidates invited to interview)


Location: the candidate will be hosted at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Studies – UIB-CSIC (Balearic Islands, Spain)


PhD awarding university: the PhD qualification will be awarded by the University of the Balearic Islands (




Applications should be received no later than 31st May 2024.  Shortlisted candidates for interviews will be contacted by the main researcher of the PhD project. Below is the tentative recruitment process timeline:


        Interviews: 17-21 June 2024 (online)

        Final results: first week of July

        Contract / PhD starting date: October 2024 (total duration 36 months)


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- Master or equivalent degree in socio-ecological sciences, sustainability sciences, geography, political science, sociology, anthropology or marine biology

- Excellent command of Spanish

- Good command of English

- Solid statistical foundation



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