Bonn Junior Fellowships for young promising fellows in the University of Bonn, Germany

The Bonn Junior Fellow is endowed with a position for a postdoc or two graduate students, and with funds for traveling and hosting guest researchers. The full announcement of scholarship details is follows.

School:University of Bonn/ Germany

Level:Fellowships

Field(s):Mathematics

Deadline:01November 2012

Benefits:

  • Salary level comparable to that of an associate professor
  • Duration: 5 years

Beneficiaries:Open to worldwide young scientists who are in the process of developing their own research agenda.

Description

Early independence

  • The Excellence Initiative has given us the opportunity to institutionalize early independence by creating twelve temporary junior faculty positions, the Bonn Junior Fellows, at the salary level W2.
  • Especially in mathematics, important contributions are often made at a young age.
  • Promising young scientists should thus have the opportunity to define and pursue their own research program a few years after their PhD.
  • The broad activities of the Hausdorff Research Institute and the focused work in the local Research Areas make the Hausdorff Center a unique environment for a young scientist.

The position

  • The Bonn Junior Fellow is designed as a very attractive five year position, modelled after the Emmy Noether Program of the DFG rather than the junior professor.
  • The salary level is comparable to that of an associate professor.
  • To some of the offered positions, a tenure-track option is associated, and, in exceptional cases, a position may be tenured immediately. There are no teaching duties on the undergraduate level.
  • However, the Bonn Junior Fellow is expected to contribute four hours per week to the graduate teaching in one or two of the Research Areas.
  • As a faculty member, the Bonn Junior Fellow is allowed and expected to supervise master and PhD theses.
  • The Bonn Junior Fellow is independent of existing chairs. However, his or her group are expected to join the team of one or two of the Research Areas.

Eligibility

The candidate

  • The Bonn Junior Fellow program targets candidates worldwide who are in the process of developing their own research agenda and have proved their scientific independence through publications.
  • Candidates are not expected to speak German.
  • It is intended to fill about half of the positions offered with women, and preference will be given to suitably qualified female candidates, all other considerations being equal.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Search and selection

  • The Bonn Junior Fellow positions are advertised jointly and internationally, with reference to the twelve Research Areas.
  • A single hiring committee, the Junior Search Committee (JSC), which consists of members of all participating institutes, is in charge of screening and contacting promising candidates.
  • The recruiting and hiring process is designed to be scientifically full-fledged but administratively compact.

The outcome

  • In three separate application rounds, 12 Bonn Junior Fellow positions have been awarded to internationally promising young scientists worldwide.
  • The Bonn Junior Fellow positions have already become a springboard for future academic careers: several Bonn Junior Fellows have moved on to permanent faculty positions.

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