The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals.
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As an internationally renowned Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is one of the very few scientific institutions in the world that are equally active in the Arctic and Antarctic. It coordinates German polar research efforts, while also conducting research in the North Sea and adjacent coastal regions in Germany. Combining outstanding research infrastructure, cutting edge field work, and innovative modelling approaches the Alfred Wegener Institute explores nearly all aspects of the Earth system and its biodiversity - from the atmosphere to the ocean floor, from the coasts to the ice-covered seas and adjacent land.
Call for Expression of Interest - Young Investigator Group (YIG) in Polar and Marine Research: The Alfred Wegener Institute seeks Expressions of Interest from outstanding young scientists of two to six years post the completion of their PhD, to apply for their own Young Investigator Group https://www.helmholtz.de/en/current_topics/current_calls_for_applications/article/artikeldetail/helmholtz-young-investigator-groups-call-2019/.
The two-step process starts with a selection process at the center. The final selection of candidates takes place by an external expert panel advising the president of the Helmholtz Association. Successfully YIGs will be hosted at the AWI, one of the world´s leading polar and marine institutes. Funding is on the order of €300,000 per year for a period of six years, with potential access to further substantial research infrastructure depending in internal negotiation within AWI.
You will be eligible to apply if you have between two and six years1 of postdoctoral experience, research experience abroad2 and, of course, an exceptionally strong CV and letter of interest addressing one of the following topics for which we seek experts to strengthen our future research program. No more than two candidates will be selected in this first step.
You will be eligible to apply if you have an outstanding CV and a specific, novel idea for polar, coastal or marine research, in a field which you have recently excelled (e.g. high impact paper & idea for ERC application). You need between two and six years of postdoctoral experience3 , and research experience abroad4 . No more than one candidate will be selected in this first step.
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The initial selection of candidates by the AWI (deadline 24 February 2019) will be based on the following selection criteria:
Please send a letter of intent, a 2-page project summary, a full CV and publication list to firstname.lastname@example.org by 24th February 2019. Candidates selected by the AWI Scientific Advisory Board will be invited to present their project at the end of March 2019. Candidates will be informed after final decision by the AWI board of directors and asked to provide a full proposal until 3 May 2019.
1 Parental leave periods in this phase will be taken into consideration at two years per child under 12