TU BRAUNSCHWEIG

Exzellenzcluster  SE²A - Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation

Call for Proposals for a Junior Research Project (duration 18 months) in the SE²A Cluster of Excellence

The Cluster of Excellence SE²A – Sustainable and Energy Efficient Aviation is an interdisciplinary DFG-funded research center pushing forward technologies and integrative strategies to make future air traffic efficient while meeting the competing demands for continuous growth and environmental sustainability at the same time. In this research alliance, scientists at the TU Braunschweig, Leibniz University Hannover, the German Aerospace Center, and the National Metrology Institute of Germany have joined forces in this extraordinary scientific undertaking. Within the three core research areas: Assessment of the Air Transport System (ICA A), Flight Physics and Vehicle Systems (ICA B), Energy Storage and Conversion (ICA C), the cluster offers additional financial support to advance highly innovative ideas and approaches of young scientists, which are not covered by other projects in the cluster. It is anticipated to integrate successful junior research projects later as regular projects into the cluster thereby fostering the early career of highly qualified junior researchers.

Who can apply?

Researchers on a post-doc level (in compliance with the DFG definition of early career researchers and holding a PhD) with an excellent record of publications and research experience, which are employed at one of the SE²A-cluster participating institutions (funding of the own position is not possible).

Candidates must have a new and promising research idea within one of the three integrated cluster areas (ICAs). The proposed project shall significantly contribute to the knowledge gain in the respective area.

As the Excellence Cluster SE²A strongly promotes participation of women in engineering sciences, applications of female scientists are especially welcome.

What we offer

The scientific project of the successful applicant will be funded for up to 18 months while the total amount of funding is limited to 100k€. The applicant will be expected to perform his or her research project at his employing institute. As a project lead the applicant will be fully integrated into the Cluster’s communication streams. In total up to 4 junior projects will be funded.

Application process

Please send a complete written application as a single PDF file by e-mail to the SE²A Office se2a(at)tu-braunschweig.de latest until DEADLINE prolonged to June 17, 2019.

Applications comprise the project proposal (maximum 5 pages) including statement of purpose, motivation, your idea of methodical and contextual contribution to the cluster area, own preliminary work, working program, time line, financial needs (consumables, E13 research assistant, student assistant), planned interdisciplinary collaborations within the cluster, and personal details including full CV, academic certificates and transcripts (Bachelor and Master degrees, PhD), other supporting certificates, and list of publications.

Signatures: The project proposal must be signed by the applicant and the head of the institute which thereby agrees to support the applicant in his research and by providing the required infrastructural environment.

Personal data and documents related to the application process will be stored electronically.

For further information please visit our website www.tu-braunschweig.de/se2a

Review process

The SE²A Board will review the applications and will select the successful proposals based on DFG quality criteria and the expected contribution to the SE²A cluster.

Funding decisions will be communicated to the applicants latest until 15 July 2019. Project funding will begin earliest on 1 August 2019 for maximal 18 months.


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