Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R)

OTM-R is one of the pillars of the European Charter for Researchersand in particular of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, launched in 2005.
OTM-R ensures that the best person for the job is recruited, brings benefits to researchers, institutions and the wider research system. More specifically, OTM-R makes research careers more attractive, ensures equal opportunities for all candidates and facilitates mobility. Overall, it will contribute to an increase in the cost-effectiveness of investments in research!.

The Working Group produced a comprehensive package for assisting RPOs to implement OTM-R practices. It allows RPOs to review their current recruitment policy and improve it, if/when needed. The package includes principles and guidelines on what an OTM-R System should look like, a checklist for institutions as a self-assessment tool to benchmark their current practices on the principles and the toolkit: a step-by-step guide to improve (if, when and where needed) the organisation‘s OTM-R practices.