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International Call

Agnes Pockels Junior Research Group Program

Philosophy of Technology, Technology Assessment, Sustainability Research

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) strives to promote early scientific independence and the advancement of excellent female researchers. Female researchers are severely underrepresented in the STEM fields, particularly at the Junior Research Group level. The Agnes Pockels Junior Research Group Program targets female researchers within three to five years of their postdoctoral experience and is an essential building block of the Cluster’s early career advancement and gender equality objectives.


Aims

The Cluster’s Agnes Pockels Junior Research Group Program aims to increase the number of female researchers at the Junior Research Group level and provide excellent female researchers with the means and room to establish their own group in a highly interdisciplinary environment at the University of Freiburg in the areas of philosophy of technology, technology assessment and/or sustainability research with a focus on life cycle assessment of materials. A focus on approaches geared towards the evaluation of dynamic systems and situations is desirable.

The Cluster of Excellence Living, Adaptive and Energy-autonomous Materials Systems (livMatS) at the University of Freiburg develops life-like materials systems inspired by nature. The systems will adapt autonomously to their environment, harvest clean energy from it, and be insensitive to damage or recover from it. The research program of livMatS is characterized by highly interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers from engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, philosophy, and sustainability sciences. Research in four interlinked research areas targets Concepts for Energy Autonomy and Integration, Concepts for Adaptive and Active Materials Systems, Concepts for the Longevity of Systems Functions, and Societal Challenges – Sustainability Assessment and Investigation of Psychological, Philosophical, and Ethical Implications of Living Materials Systems. Research in these areas is integrated through the development of technology demonstrators.

The chosen candidate will become a Principal Investigator of livMatS. She is expected to establish a vigorous and independent research program and build up an internationally visible research group that makes central contributions to the research area Sustainability Assessment and Investigation of Psychological, Philosophical, and Ethical Implications of Living Materials Systems in livMatS. The candidate is expected to publish in high-ranking journals, attract additional funding for their own group, and integrate and strengthen the interdisciplinary and collaborative environment of the Cluster.

Duration, Funding and Starting Date

Funding within the program is up to 550.000 € from the Cluster’s budget for gender and equality measures. The funding can be used for the candidate’s position and the establishment of a Junior Research Group. The candidate will be employed at the University of Freiburg. The position is a full-time position (100%) for a period of four years. The salary will be determined in accordance with TV-L E 14. The funding includes a doctoral researcher position (36 months, 65%, TV-L 13) and consumables (3.600 € p.a. per person). Funding is granted for a period of up to four years, but can only be granted until the end of the Cluster’s first funding period in December 2025.

We offer access to institutional infrastructure, including modern laboratory space and state-of-the-art facilities at the Freiburg Center for Interactive Materials and Bioinspired Technologies (FIT) and opportunities to collaborate with the application-oriented Fraunhofer-Institutes ISE and IWM and the Ökoinstitut e.V., who are partner institutions of the Cluster, as well as career advancement training and mentoring opportunities at the University. Funding can only be used for activities at the University of Freiburg.

We envisage candidates to start their group by January 2022.

Target Group and Funding Criteria

The call targets female researchers within three to five years of their postdoctoral experience in the areas of philosophy of technology, technology assessment and / or sustainability research.

Applicants must have a track record of outstanding academic work in their field, with first and/or corresponding author publications ideally within three to five years of postdoctoral research experience. Additional criteria include prizes and awards, a proven record of obtaining extramural funding, and international mobility. Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills are essential. We expect fluency in English.

The proposed concept for a Junior Research Group will be judged according to its academic and methodological quality, prospects of success, originality, and relevance to the livMatS research program.

Contact and Deadline

Applications need to be submitted by September 5th 2021 to positions@livmats.uni-freiburg.de. The use of the Agnes Pockels Junior Research Group Leader Program template is mandatory and a formal prerequisite for the submission of your application. All parts of your application need to be in English. The template that also contains an overview of the documents that need to be submitted can be downloaded below.

For administrative questions please contact Dr. Monika Schulz at positions@livmats.uni-freiburg.de. For content-related questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Jürgen Rühe at sprecher@livmats.uni-freiburg.de

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