How to prepare a Ph.D. or postdoc proposal for the POMP program
Each POMP Ph.D. or postdoc project has to be structured as a tight collaboration between four parties:
- hosting University (laboratory / department)
- Ph.D. student or postdoc
- MELiSSA partner
- MELiSSA Foundation.
The application must be prepared by the University promoter. The topic should be chosen by the University promoter in collaboration with one of the MELiSSA partners. The complete application should be sent by email to the MELiSSA Foundation. Please note that there is a deadline for submissions.
The Host University must be located in Belgium, UK, Spain or Switzerland. The MELiSSA partners are situated in the following countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. More information on the MELiSSA partners can be found here. Contact details can be found in the download section.
The duration of the Ph.D. will be ideally 4 years and includes the time required for the thesis. During this period the Ph.D.student is expected to spend 12 months at the premises of a MELiSSA partner situated in a different country than the country of the host University.
Each successful Ph.D. / postdoc application contains:
a) title of the Ph.D. / postdoc project;
b) name of the host University, the host laboratory and of the university mentor;
c) concise description of the research interests of the host laboratory (perhaps with a short list of publications representative of the main scientific interests of the host laboratory);
d) the proposed MELiSSA partner with keywords and a short list (max. 5) of relevant publications
e) description of the Ph.D. / postdoc subject not exceeding half-page and defining the objectives, the methodologies and the expected results. The main focus of the project (MELiSSA loop compartment, biological material, …) will be mapped on the MELiSSA loop that will be joined to the project description. This description will contain 3 key references from the MELiSSA literature list and will be followed by a calendar of the scientific activities and visits to the MELiSSA partner.
f) the Curriculum Vitae of the candidate. The CV should detail the mentions obtained during the studies of the candidate and will contain a copy of the relevant diploma.
g) a description of the candidate’s motivation for the space research (max. 500 characters)
h) two reference letters
i) a letter of acceptance of the candidate signed by the head of the Faculty/Department head (administrative responsible of the mentor)
j) a letter of acceptance of the MELiSSA rules set forth in the standard cooperation agreement concerning confidentiality, intellectual property, technology transfer and publications signed by the head of the University department and the Ph.D. candidate. These rules are custumary and can be made available upon request.
k) written acceptance of the relevant contracts which will be made available after the application. Please note that the POMP PhD agreement is not negotiable.
l) Possible co-funding by the host laboratory may be mentioned and documented: participation to the costs of missions, laboratory and computational expenses, small equipment. This may be mentioned in the acceptance letter.