The University of Konstanz is one of nine Universities of Excellence in the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Zukunftskolleg is a central scientific institution of the University of Konstanz responsible for promoting young scientists and researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. It forms a platform for interdisciplinary discourse between distinguished researchers in Germany and abroad, and provides young researchers with resources for raising third-party funding.
The Zukunftskolleg invites Calls for Nominations for
7 Research Positions
(Salary Scale 14 TV-L)
to develop and implement individual research projects / research groups. The initial appointments will begin on 1 December 2010 and end on 31 May 2012. The employment contract will be extended for a further 3.5 years, financed by the Zukunftskolleg, provided that substantial external third-party funding for a research project has been raised.
The Zukunftskolleg provides professional infrastructure and an appropriate workplace for conducting research. A pool for funding research projects, research assistants, research travel and equipment purchases is available. Additionally, fellows may nominate recognised experts in their field of research as Senior Fellows, who will be invited to Konstanz for a period of 1 to 12 months and who, in addition to their research work, will advise young fellows at the Zukunftskolleg.
To qualify for acceptance, candidates must hold a doctoral degree and have outstanding scientific qualifications as documented by research activities and publications. The ideal candidate will have acquired initial work experience as a postdoctoral researcher. International experience in teaching or research and a strong interest in interdisciplinary topics are desirable. Each fellow is a member of both a university department and the Zukunftskolleg. An opportunity to teach is possible. Fellows are expected to participate actively in the regular weekly meetings of the Zukunftskolleg and to have their place of residence in Konstanz.
The foreseen thematic connection between the nominee’s project and the research profile of the University of Konstanz should be demonstrated in the nomination. Nominees with a recent affiliation to the University of Konstanz cannot be accepted.
Fellows will be selected on the basis of the nomination letter, their project outlines and their participation in a two-day workshop to be held at the University of Konstanz on 16 and 17 September 2010.
The call for nominations is targeted to a strictly defined group of nominators. More information on the nominators and the fellowships as well as the additional opportunities for participation in the Zukunftskolleg is available on our website at zukunftskolleg.uni-konstanz.de.
Research at the University of Konstanz: International and Strong in Grant Acquisition
Research means asking question and always being open to new answers. The answers can be multifaceted and the solutions oftentimes come out of interdisciplinary or cross-cultural dialogue. Strong cooperation partners create the opportunity for new thoughts, new frontiers, and new discoveries. All three factors contribute to the high quality of research and teaching at the University of Konstanz.
Scholars at the University of Konstanz have been awarded the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis six times. With its 1,55 Million €, this is the most lucrative prize awarded in Germany in support of academic research. The most recent rankings of the Humboldt-Stiftung and German Research Foundation (DFG) have proven that the University of Konstanz is the most international university in the country, as well as the university that receives the most external funding. The newspaper, DIE ZEIT, affirms: ” The thinkers on Lake Constance are awarded almost twice as much funding from the DFG in the Humanities and Social Sciences as their counterparts.”