In April 2015, IBEC was awarded the ‘Human Resources Excellence in Research’ stamp from the European Commission, in recognition of its commitment to continuously improving its HR policies in line with The European Charter of Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code). In line with this recognition, BEST features an international, transparent, equal-opportunities recruitment procedure to select the most qualified researchers for the BEST programme. Two widely advertised international calls will be launched, and a transparent, merit-based selection procedure will be established with the participation in the evaluation panels of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) members as well as international external experts. The members of the ISC are top scientists in the diverse fields covered by the IBEC research programme, most of them with previous management responsibilities in prestigious research centres.
The selection process is organized in four stages and will last from 12th September 2016 to 15th December 2016:
- Stage I: Eligibility check – 2 weeks.
- Stage II: Evaluation of CV and research proposal – 2 months.
- Stage III: Interviews – 2 weeks.
- Stage IV: final decision – 1 week.
Candidates should meet the requirements set at each stage to proceed onto the next. All candidates will be informed at the BEST mini site and by e-mail at the end of each evaluation stage.
Stage I: Eligibility check
Candidates’ compliance with the minimum eligibility requirements will be verified by an Eligibility committee composed of senior officers from the institute’s support units. Eligibility will be checked on the basis of the information provided by the applicant. Candidates who meet all eligibility criteria will be included in the evaluation stage.
Stage II: Evaluation of CV and research proposal
The evaluation will be performed by three panels of experts, according to IBEC’s research areas (Nanomedicine, Cell Engineering and ICT for Health).
- Candidates’ CV will be resolved on scientific achievements and research merits based. Each evaluator will give a score to CV between 0 and 5 based on the evaluation criteria. Candidates’ research proposals will be examined following the evaluation criteria. CVs and research projects will be evaluated by the respective Evaluation panel, first independently by each reviewer, and finally at a consensus meeting for each panel. Each application will receive a consensus score that will allow to establish a final ranking for the results of the evaluation of CV and research project.
Stage III: Interviews of final candidates
Short-listed candidates (regardless of their chosen research area) will be invited for a video-conference. Interviews will be conducted by a Selection committee.
The evaluation will be based on an individual presentation of research experience and research proposal by each candidate to the members of the committee, followed by an individual interview of the candidate. The interview will be an opportunity for the candidate to discuss any personal requirements or clarify doubts.
Stage IV: Final decision
The final decision will be taken in a consensus meeting of the Selection committee. Final candidates will be ranked according to the weightings of the scores in stages II, III and IV. The first 12 ranked candidates will be asked to sign an acceptance letter and will be required to start their fellowship between 1st February 2017 and 30th April 2017.
A reserve list of candidates will be identified. In case that one or more final candidates withdraw, they will be replaced by the candidates in the reserve list according to the Selection Committee’s order of priority.