Working conditions, recruitment and careers The European Union is committed to making research an attractive career, as a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth.
Hundreds of European universities and other leading research institutions agree on the importance of aiming for excellence in employment and working conditions and of supporting better careers for researchers. They have endorsed the European Charter for researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (Charter and Code). In the Netherlands the rector's conference has endorsed it for all Dutch universities. Many are also engaged in the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ process or have already been acknowledged under this initiative for commitment to implement the principles of the Charter and Code.
As well as providing a framework for excellent practice in the career management of researchers, the Charter describes your own responsibilities as a researcher and what you can expect from your employer. It covers areas including contractual obligations, ethical standards, professional responsibility, dissemination of results, career development and discrimination. The Code promotes open and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures and aims to ensure that wherever you work in Europe your experience will be taken into consideration and you will have the same rights.
Together, the Charter and Code promote professionalism, mobility and equality of opportunity and are helping to develop an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers.
When you see that a prospective employer has endorsed the principles of the Charter and Code you know that they recognise the importance of good working conditions and careers for researchers. When you see that a prospective employer displays the HR Excellence in Research logo, you know that they are working to implement the principles of the Charter and Code across their organisation.
General information on employment conditions is provided on this website, in the incoming researchers section, under employment conditions.
The EURAXESS Rights website is the place to go for more information about the Charter and Code and the HR Excellence in Research initiative. Institutions wishing to find out more about endorsing the Charter and Code or about the HR Excellence in Research process can contact RTD-CHARTER@ec.europa.eu. There is also an online EURAXESS Rights community to help you to share practice with other institutions engaged in the process.
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European Charter for researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/rights/whatIsAResearcher
‘HR Excellence in Research’ : http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/rights/strategy4Researcher