What opportunities are available to postdoctoral or future postdoctoral researchers?

The Horizon Europe framework programme offers various possibilities to future and young researchers.

If you are a young researcher looking for a postdoctoral position, take a look at the Euraxess Jobs site. This centralised European platform has details of available research positions at all institutions in the European Union. Any positions funded through European programmes such as European Research Council grants or Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), must be advertised here.

Under Horizon Europe, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions facilitate mobility between countries, sectors and disciplines, primarily through grants for Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF). These are open to any researcher with under eight years of experience post-PhD, provided that within the last three years, they have spent less than one year in the host country.

There are two types of PF: European fellowships (EF), for mobility within or to Europe (1 -2 years), and Global Fellowships (GF) for mobility outside of Europe (1-2 years), followed by a compulsory return phase in Europe (1 year). If you are interested in these grants, it is up to you to identify the subject you would like to work on and to contact a supervisor.

There are two ways you can apply for a Marie S.-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship:

  • Contact a supervisor on the basis of a research topic you would like to develop.
  • Demonstrate your interest in applying for a PF as part of a project proposal submitted by a Brittany based supervisor.

In both cases, the 2PE-Bretagne team can give you more information, so please get in touch.

The Region of Brittany authorities has also launched the Bienvenüe programme (MSCA-COFUND) to host 75 international postdoctoral researchers in Brittany. Candidates will be recruited through three calls (2021, 2022, 2023) and funding is for two years. A list of Brittany-based supervisors who are recruiting postdoctoral researchers under this programme is available online.