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04 Independent Projects for Postdocs

Call for proposals to the Central Research Development Fund CRDF

This call is addressed to A) postdocs directly after completing their PhD and B) advanced postdocs with aim professorship. The offer is support in your scientific career and in the development of your own research profile. Postdocs in early stage right after finishing PhD receive the possibility to be responsible for and lead their own project. One explicit aim is the independent raising of third-party funds (“Eigene Stelle DFG” or “Emmy-Noether-Nachwuchsgruppe”).  The other target group, advanced postdocs, is to be enabled to conduct their own independent research projects in an optimally conducive environment, to network in their respective scientific communities, and to pave the way for professorships. Moreover, the Personnel Development Bureau and BYRD at the University of Bremen offer a range of customized offers to train a broad spectrum of personal skills.

WHO CAN APPLY?
     A)
Postdocs from Germany and abroad shortly after finishing their PhD: the  doctoral certificate must be on hand at latest 10 months after the application deadline and may not be issued longer than two years before deadline (date of doctoral certificate).
     B) Advanced postdocs with aim professorship: The PhD may not date back shorter than two years before application deadline and not longer than four years (date of doctoral certificate). Aim is to be prepared for a vocation for professorship at the end of the project (habilitation equivalent performance, development of a profile that counts as appealable in the respective discipline). Scientists who have already been funded by a Temporary Position for Postdocs may only apply for CRDF 04 B Independent Project if they successfully secured external subsequent funding for their own position and ended this third party funded project before beginning a new CRDF 04 B Project.

WHAT REQUIREMENTS HAVE TO BE MET? An above-average publication output, an excellent independent project proposal and a high potential to achieve the objectives of the funding line (the evaluation of previous achievements will take periods of child care into account). A professor conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen has to support the application and submit a detailed letter of intent on how the candidate will be integrated into the local research community at the University of Bremen while at the same time maintaining a high degree of independence. The integration into the local research context is also part of the evaluation.

FUNDING CONDITIONS: Postdoc position for three years and additional allowance of up to €6,000 per year as well as offers for personnel development and support in writing grant proposals. Research stays abroad are permissible up to nine months. The full postdoc position comes with a teaching load of one class per semester (two hours per week).

PROCEDURE: Applications (together with a letter of intent from a professor who is conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen) can be submitted once a year to the University of Bremen. The University's respective Research Funding Committee recommends on the basis of external review suitable candidates to the University’s Rectorate for decision. The eight available positions are shared between the natural and engineering sciences and the social sciences and humanities. Respective 50% of the positions go to the one of two application groups and at least 50% each are reserved for women.

Deadline for application

1st April 2019 at 23:59 PM

The University of Bremen supports the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). ORCID is a free, not-for-profit service offering each researcher a unique digital identifier. This helps researchers to distinguish their work and helps funders link researcher output to funding.  If you apply for CRDF funding, we will ask for your ORCID identifier. 
If you have no ID yet, please visit ORCID.

Offices

Natural Sciences and Engineering

Corinna Volkmann
Phone +49 421 218-60321 E-Mail
Building SFG, Room 3130

Social Sciences and Humanities

Petra Schreiber
Phone +49 421 218-60319 E-Mail
Building SFG, Room 3230

Criteria for the Assessment of Applications

The University’s respective Research Funding Committee and the Rectorate of the University of Bremen will decide on your application based on the following criteria.

Group A

1. Applicant's Qualifications

  • First and foremost, outstanding publication activity (quality, quantity, and significance, taking peer reviewed publications into account as well as sole and first authorship, inasmuch as relevant for the field)
  • Networking skills and experience of cooperation in the scientific community (for example, research sojourns in other countries, the organization of conferences, edited works)
  • Prizes and other awards for academic achievements

2. Quality of Project

  • Originality of the proposed project
  • Convincing reference to the “state of the art” in the research
  • Convincing argumentation for the line of research/hypotheses
  • Purposeful selection of methods/procedures and feasibility
  • Plausible work and time schedule as well as adequate financing plan
  • If applicable, special significance of the project (e.g. socio-political, regional, relevance of transferability)
  • Expectations for future acquisition of third-party funding

3. Integration within the Research Environment of the University of Bremen

  • Integration in the research group/institute (thematic fit with the research area)
  • Innovative content and individuality of the project idea within the context of the hosting research area
  • Potential for the development of cooperation with the hosting research area
  • Availability of prerequisite infrastructure/equipment

Group B

1. Applicant's Qualifications

  • Contribution of doctoral dissertation to development of the research field
  • Outstanding publication activity (quality, quantity, and significance, taking peer reviewed publications into account as well as sole and first authorship, inasmuch as relevant for the field)
  • Networking skills and experience of cooperation in the scientific community (for example, research sojourns in other countries, international cooperation projects, the organization of conferences, edited works)
  • Leadership and management experience or recognizable potential (including gender and diversity competence)
  • Prizes and other awards for academic achievement

2. Quality of Project

  • Originality and quality of project
  • Convincing reference to the "state of the art" in the research field
  • Convincing argumentation for the line of research/hypotheses
  • Convincing preparatory work/previous experience
  • Purposeful selection of methods/procedures and feasibility
  • Comprehensive and realistic work and time schedule together with adequate financing plan
  • If applicable, special significance of the project (e.g. socio-political, regional, relevance of transferability)
  • Suitability of project for the applicant's advancement within the context of the funding objectives (qualification for a professorship, networking in the scientific community)

3. Integration within the Research Environment of the University of Bremen

  • Integration in the research group/institute (thematic fit with the research area)
  • Innovative content and individuality of the project idea within the context of the hosting research area
  • Potential for the development of cooperation with the hosting research area
  • Availability of prerequisite infrastructure /equipment 
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