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Early Stage Researcher - SAPIENS Project

School of Law

Location:  Greenwich
Salary:  The gross starting salary will be £34,804 plus £3706 London weighting per annum. With a mobility allowance of £515 per month and, if due, a family allowance of £430 per month.
Contract Type:  Fixed Term - 36 Months
Closing Date:  Friday 16 April 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  2589

Do you want to be part of a globally leading research network comprising institutions across Europe? Could you be a future research leader in protecting human rights through sustainable public procurement? Do you want to further your career and attain a PhD?

The University of Greenwich, London (UK), School of Law and Criminology, is seeking a highly motivated and mobile candidate with a strong academic record holding at least a Master’s Degree in Law, Political Sciences and/or Development Studies, fluency in English and some subject knowledge of public procurement law, policy and sustainability. The Early Stage Researcher (ESR) will work within the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group Law at the School of Law and Criminology, University of Greenwich on the PhD research project “Protecting Human Rights and Dignity through public procurement”.

The project’s objective is to foster interdisciplinary research into the evolving use of public procurement (PP) to address the social and environmental challenges of the 21st century with a view to create a significantly increased European knowledge base and research capacity on the law, the economics and the business sciences of Sustainable Public Procurement. The ESR will contribute to ambitious and carefully planned research, outreach, impact, and dissemination activities benefiting from the expertise of world-leading senior academics.

The selected candidate will pursue a PhD as Early Stage Researcher – ESR within the EU-funded H2020-MSCA-ITN Project “Sustainability and Procurement in International, European, and National Systems” (SAPIENS – GA n. 956696). For more information on the project and the network:

The ESR will work under the supervision of Professor Olga Martin-Ortega and co-supervision of Professor Tátrai Tünde, from Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary). As part of their project the ESR will undertake international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral training and must undertake structured mobility secondments of 2-3 months each at Corvinus University of Budapest (Hungary); Electronics Watch (UK/Sweden) and EATcity (France).

The offered positions are available with a fixed starting date in September 2021 for a maximum duration of 36 months with a full-time commitment to work exclusively under the action.


Applicants may be of any nationality and shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation (September 2021), be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of his or her research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

The ESR shall not have resided or carried out his or her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the United Kingdom for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date.


Candidates will receive a very attractive salary plus an allowances package in accordance with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) rules and the personal circumstances of the applicant.

Starting salary £34,804 plus London Weighting and benefits (a mobility allowance of £515/month and a family allowance of £430/month, where appropriate). 

Specific Application Requirements

Candidates should submit the following documents with their application:

  • a full CV (with the relevant details for checking the eligibility criteria AND highlighting the required and desirable competencies);
  • a copy of Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree diploma with the transcript of records and final marks (with the diploma supplement or declaration of value)
  • a copy of passport;
  • Research proposal on “Protecting Human Rights and Dignity through public procurement”. The research project must be written in English (max 1,500 words, footnotes included, bibliography excluded). 
  • publications.

Only documents in English can be accepted (publications may however be in different languages).

The deadline for application is 16th April 2021.

Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. 



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