OCCAM PhD Projects

The ETN OCCAM is seeking 15 exceptional early-career researchers (ESRs), who will each work on one of 15 projects. Each ESR will be full-time employed by one of the consortium members. All ESRs receive a joint interdisciplinary, intersectorial, and international training that includes research visits and a secondment at different partner organizations.

How to apply

The central application deadline (April 15, 2018) is expired. Unfilled positions will be announced again within two weeks. Please visit this website again in the beginning of May, 2018.

Working Group 1: The Integrity of Educational Outcome Measures

The influence of item format and scoring on score comparability Read more

Does one size fit all? Evaluating the cross-cultural validity of constructs Read more

Linking recent and older IEA studies on mathematics and science Read more

The integrity of test scores for national monitoring and comparative research Read more

Measuring educational inequality: competing normative foundations Read more

The impact of measurement error in background data on PISA scale scores Read more

Working Group 2: Governance of Human and Financial Resources and Decision Making

Reforms of teacher professionalization/accountability Read more

Quality at the cost of equity? Performance management, school autonomy, and instructional quality Read more

Effectiveness of educational priority policies Read more

Consequences of different teacher workforce policies Read more

Teaching quality and school segregation: perpetuating inequalities Read more

Working Group 3: Educational Settings and Processes

Transformational and instructional leadership as levers of learning Read more

The impact of generic and content-specific teaching practices Read more

Children from workless backgrounds and the mediating role of parents Read more

Distal and proximal causes of student achievement Read more

The appointments are designed for early-career researchers only, and candidates must therefore meet the following two criteria:

  1. All applicants must fulfill the European Training Network’s mobility rule: Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (August 1, 2018). Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention are not taken into account. Applicants may be of any nationality.
  2. All applicants must be early-stage researchers (ESRs): ESRs must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary/host, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Date of recruitment means the first day of the employment of the researcher for the purposes of the action (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract August 1, 2018). 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).

Further information

The ETN OCCAM is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.

If you are applying for more than one ESR position: please make a separate application for each position. Up to three applications are welcome and will not influence the selection chance in any particular project. By submitting an application, the candidate is consenting to their application being shared with the Selection Committee and the OCCAM coordinator.

All ESRs will receive full-time employments contracts at the respective host organizations and a mobility allowance. ESRs with a family (legal spouse and/or children) at the start of their term (i.e., 1 August 2018) are also eligible for the family allowance, which is 500 Euros per month (gross and also subject to taxes, etc.). In addition to being enrolled for doctoral study, appointed candidates will benefit from research collaboration within the OCCAM network, extensive joint training opportunities, and collaboration with non-academic organizations.For further general information on the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions 2018–2020 program please see here.

Read the information specific to the research projects you are interested in (above) as well as the research, training, and dissemination sections of this website. Contact the host organizations for further information on the research projects and the employment contracts. You may contact the network coordinator, TU Dortmund University, for general questions on OCCAM.