Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grants 2015

I am actively seeking applicants for the current call for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF).

The details of this Programme of research are below.  If you have an excellent track-record of consistent publication in peer-reviewed journals, then please get in contact through the contact form of this website.

These grants pay incredibly well, will provide you with relocation allowance, all costs for research and also it will pay most of your rent while you are in Manchester.

Specifically, I am interesting in talking to people with interests in the following areas (or people who are interested in moving into these areas):

– Deep phylogenies

– Early animal evolution

-Early eukaryote evolution

– Horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes or eukaryotes

– Protein remodelling by domain/exon swapping

– Developing new software approaches for understanding evolutionary history (see out software menu above)

In particular, if your research is somewhat different to what I do, then I am interested in speaking with you.  You would bring something new to the table and this interests me.

Recent publications from the lab in this area:

  • Nelson-Sathi S., Sousa F.L., Roettger M., Lozada-Chávez N., Thiergart T., Janssen A., Bryant D., Landan G., Schönheit P., Siebers B., McInerney J.O., Martin W.F., (2015) Origins of major archaeal clades correspond to gene acquisitions from bacteria. Nature, doi:10.1038/nature13805. [pdf]
  • McInerney, J.O., O’Connell, M.J., and Pisani, D. (2014) The hybrid nature of the Eukaryota and a consilient view of life on Earth. Nature Reviews Microbiology 12(6):449-455. doi:10.1038/nrmicro3271.
  • Bogumil, D., Alvarez-Ponce, D., Landan, G., McInerney, J.O. and Dagan, T. (2014) Integration of two ancestral chaperone systems into one: the evolution of eukaryotic molecular chaperones in light of eukaryogenesis. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31(2) 410-418. [pdf]
  • McInerney, J.O. (2013) More than Tree Dimensions: inter-lineage evolution’s ecological importance. Trends in Ecology and Evolution28(11) 624-625. [pdf]
  • Alvarez-Ponce, D., Lopez, P., Bapteste, E. and McInerney, J.O. (2013). Gene similarity networks provide new tools for understanding eukaryote origins and evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 110(17): E1594-603. [pdf]
  • Nelson-Sathi, S., Dagan, T., Landan, G., Janssen, A., Steel, M., McInerney, J. O., Deppenmeier, U., and Martin, W.F. (2012) Acquisition of 1,000 eubacterial genes physiologically transformed a methanogen at the origin of Haloarchaea. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 109 (50) 20537-20542, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1209119109.[pdf]
  • Feuda, R., Hamilton, S.C., McInerney, J.O. and Pisani, D. (2012) Metazoan opsin evolution reveals a simple route to animal vision. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109:(46) 18868-18872, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1204609109 [pdf]
  • Bapteste, E., Bouchard F., Baquero F., McInerney J.O., Lopez P. and Burian R.M. (2012). Evolutionary analyses of non-genealogical bonds produced by introgressive descent. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109:(45) 18266-18272 doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206541109 [pdf].
  • Alvarez-Ponce, D. and McInerney, J.O. (2011) The Human genome retains relics of its prokaryotic ancestry: human genes of archaebacterial and eubacterial origin exhibit remarkable differences. Genome Biology and Evolution vol. 3, pp. 782-790  [pdf]
  • McInerney, J.O., Martin, W.F., Koonin, E.V., Allen, J.F., Galperin, M.Y., Lane, N., Archibald, J.M., and Embley, T.M. (2011) Planctomycetes and eukaryotes: a case of analogy not homology. BioEssays 33:(11) 810-817. doi: 10.1002/bies.201100045. [link] [pdf]
  • Cotton, J.A., and McInerney, J.O. (2010) Eukaryotic genes of archaebacterial origin are more important than the more numerous eubacterial genes, irrespective of function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 107:40 17252-17255. [link]. See also, Logsdon, J.M. (2010) Eukaryotic Evolution: The Importance of Being Archaebacterial. Current Biology, 20:24, R1078-R1079.pdf

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The goal of Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries, based on an application made jointly by the researcher and host organisation in the academic or nonacademic sectors.

Fellowships are either European Fellowships or Global Fellowships. European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the European Fellowship is held. Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. The researcher must comply with the rules of mobility in the country where the Global Fellowship secondment takes place, not for the country of the return phase. Return and reintegration of researchers into a longer term research position in Europe, including in their country of origin, is supported via a separate multi-disciplinary reintegration panel of the European Fellowships. For the reintegration panel, there shall be mobility into Europe.

Support to individuals to resume research in Europe after a career break, e.g. after parental leave, is ensured via a separate multi-disciplinary career restart panel of the European Fellowships. To qualify for the career restart panel, researchers must not have been active in research for at least 12 months immediately prior to the deadline for submission. Researchers receiving an Individual Fellowship may opt to include a secondment phase in Europe, notably in the non-academic sector, within the overall duration of their fellowship. For a fellowship of 18 months or less, the secondment phase may last up to three months. For a fellowship of more than 18 months, the secondment phase may last up to six months. The secondment phase can be a single period or be divided into shorter mobility periods. The secondment should significantly add to the impact of the fellowship. A Career Development Plan should be established jointly by the supervisor(s) and the researcher. In addition to research objectives, this plan comprises the researcher’s training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications and participation in conferences.

Expected impact:
• Individual Fellowships are expected to add significantly to the development of the best and most promising researchers active in Europe, in order to enhance and maximise their contribution to the knowledge-based economy and society.
• The action will also strengthen the contact network of both the researcher and the host organisation.
• The fellowship will contribute to realising the full potential of researchers and to catalysing significant development in their careers in both the academic and non-academic sectors.
• Some researchers will be resuming a research career in Europe after a break, or reintegrating within Europe after living abroad.


Opening date: 12 March 2015

Deadline(s): 10 September 2015 at 17.00.00 Brussels time

Indicative budget: EUR 215.00 million from the 2015 budget. Of this amount, EUR 27
million is allocated to Global Fellowships.

Eligibility and admissibility conditions: The eligibility conditions for Marie SkłodowskaCurie actions apply. Please read the dedicated section in this part of the work programme. The admissibility conditions are described in part B of the General Annexes to the work programme, with the following exception:

The following supporting documents will be required to determine the operational capacity:
– A curriculum vitae of the researcher;
– A description of any significant infrastructure or any major items of technical equipment, relevant to the proposed work;
– A description of any partner organisations that are not represented as beneficiaries, but who will nonetheless be contributing towards the work.

Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:

Information on the outcome of the evaluation (one stage): Maximum 5 months from the final
date for submission.
Indicative date for the signing of grant agreements: Maximum 3 months from the date of
informing applicants.

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