At the date of the call deadline, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- The applicant must be in possession of a doctoral degree or has at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when a 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. Parental leave periods do not count towards the time of research experience.
- Applicants must be researchers who have not resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Italy for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline, unless this time was as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the following 3 criteria
1) Scientific excellence of the candidate (weighting 40%):
a) Track record of achievements promising for future research and appropriate to their research field and career stage.
b) Quality of the submitted publications and significance of the individual contribution of the candidate. Publications in international peer-reviewed journals, peer-reviewed conference proceedings and/or monographs, preprints submitted to ArXiV will be considered. When applicable, the inclusion of at least a publication without the Ph.D. supervisor as co-author will be positively evaluated as a signal of scientific independence.
c) Record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences or international schools.
d) Awards, prizes, academic memberships.
e) Experience in managing research projects.
Periods of break in the career, due to parental leave, maternity or paternity leave (1 year/child), illness, mandatory civil or military service, will be taken in to account in the career evaluation.
2) Quality of the research plan (weighting 40%):
a) Originality of the scientific project, contribution to advancing the current state-of-the-art in the concerned field.
b) Innovative aspects of the proposed research.
c) Validity and feasibility of the project: research methodology and approach, planning of activities.
d) Interdisciplinary and intersectoral aspects.
3) Matching and feasibility of the research project within the framework of INFN research activities and infrastructures (weighting 20%).