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EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR RESEARCHERS AND THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE RECRUITMENT OF RESEARCHERS

The European Commission adopted the European Researchers' Charter and the Code of Conduct for Researcher Recruitment, drafting two documents aimed at researchers as well as employers and providers of public and private sector funding. Both documents have become key elements of European Union policy, making research an attractive career and stimulating economic growth and employment in Europe.

Specifically, the European Charter for Researchers outlines the functions, responsibilities and rights of investigators and their employers. The aim is to ensure that the relation between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and shared use of knowledge, as well as the professional development of researchers from the early stages.

Moreover, the Code of Conduct for the hiring of researchers was drawn up to improve enrolment, so that selection procedures are fair and transparent. The researcher's merit should be measured not only by the number of publications, but also by a wider range of evaluation criteria such as education and teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness-raising activities.

To help accommodate the research institutions to the Charter and Code principles, the Commission set out a procedure through which those institutions interested in including them, could design their own Human Resources (HR) Strategy.

The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C). This procedure includes carrying out an internal analysis of legislation and practices against the principles of the C&C (Gap Analysis) and the development of an action plan.

HR STRATEGY IN ARAID

During the second semester of 2013, ARAID, member of the 4th Cohort of HRS4R Institutions, underwent the Internal Analysis process of the "HR Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) fostered by the European Commission. HRS4R is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C).

In the first semester of 2014, the results of the working group and survey completed by ARAID researchers and the internal analysis served as basis to prepare an HR strategy plan, later validated by the Foundation Board and approved by the RTD Charter European Commission DG Research & Innovation 2015 as Step III of the HRS4R process.

ARAID,

  • Publishes information for each Call in its website that includes specific description of the positions, profiles and experience required.
  • There is no obligation to provide validation or translation of the titles and qualifications at the evaluation stage.
  • The procedure is entirely online and in English.
  • There is a back office available via email for doubts and questions.
  • The positions are also advertised in Euraxess webpage.
  • A guide for applicants and evaluators is available at the Call system.
  • The evaluation is performed by external experts.
  • There is a procedure for complaints.
  • There is an evaluation of each Call procedures to improve next Call.
  • The outcome of the evaluation is communicated to all applicants by email.
  • A shortlist of candidates is invited for negotiation interviews.
  • The interviews may be done online via webex, skype or similar online means.
  • There is flexibility to start the contract and projects.
  • ARAID supports the applicant in the procedures for work visa permits.

OTM-R Policy

The establishment of an Open Recruitment Policy is a key element in ARAID´s HRS4R strategy. Although ARAID entered the HRS4R process prior to the publication of the OTM-R toolkit and recommendations by the European Commission (2015), the Foundation is highly committed to its evaluation procedure and has already implemented an Open, Transparent and Merit-Based Recruitment Policy.

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