BIOCENTRUM HELSINKI; CALL FOR RESEARCH GROUPS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI AND AALTO UNIVERSITY
Biocentrum Helsinki (http://www.helsinki.fi/biocentrum) is an umbrella organization of selected top level research groups working in the field of experimental biology, including but not limited to areas such as molecular and cell biology, biomedicine, neuroscience, developmental and evolutionary biology, biotechnology, bioengineering, and bioinformatics. Biocentrum Helsinki aims at promoting excellence in research and innovation, and cooperation between campuses and universities. It funds development and operation of core facility services and supports repatriation of Finnish scientists as well as recruitment of foreign scientists to the University of Helsinki and Aalto University. Biocentrum Helsinki is a member of Biocenter Finland, a national network of biocenters.
The current three-year term of Biocentrum Helsinki member groups will end on December 31, 2013. Biocentrum Helsinki invites applications from research groups for the next term, from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016. The current 29 Biocentrum Helsinki research groups are of very high international quality and have received an annual grant of approx. 50 000 €. The applicant has to be affiliated to and work at the University of Helsinki or Aalto University. In the case of a part-time affiliation, the grant will be commensurate with affiliation percentage. Retirement terminates both membership at and funding from Biocentrum Helsinki. Joint applications by multiple principal investigators will not be considered. Young group leaders are encouraged to apply.
The application has to include:
• Cover letter explaining the added value that the membership would bring to the group and that the group would offer to Biocentrum Helsinki functions.
• Short curriculum vitae of the principal investigator (max 2 pages).
• Complete references of selected 20 publications from 2003 onwards, including their impact factor (IF) and number of citations (NC). Patents from the same time period may also be listed.
• Research plan (max 3 pages) describing the aims and approaches; expected results and their potential applications; new innovations; and relevant past accomplishments of the research group, including key references.
• Composition of the current research group (number of senior scientists, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, trainees, and support staff).
• Funding granted for 2013, including both university budgetary funding and external funding.
The applications will be assessed by international peer review, with an emphasis on the stage of the applicant's career. The Rectors of the University of Helsinki and Aalto University will make the final decisions.
Further information on Biocentrum Helsinki is available from the Chair of the Board, Professor Lauri Aaltonen (lauri.aaltonen at helsink.fi) and on the application procedure from Professor Olli A. Jänne (olli.janne at helsinki.fi), coordinator of the call.
The electronic application should be addressed to Rector of the University of Helsinki or Rector of Aalto University by e-mail no later than June 20, 2013, to the Registrar of the University of Helsinki, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org, as a single PDF document (document name: applicant's name, subject of e-mail: Biocentrum Helsinki).
Helsinki, 10 May 2013
University of Helsinki Aalto University