The School of Analytical Sciences Adlershof, SALSA, is a Graduate School at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. It was established in 2012 in the framework of the German Excellence Inititative.
Analytical Sciences are at the core of many of today's fundamental and applied scientific problems and innovations. New insights into atomic and molecular processes in chemistry, soft matter physics, materials, and the life sciences have always been accompanied by new analytical methods and instruments.
In SALSA, analytical problem solving is taught and learned using an integrative and multidisciplinary approach in the doctoral research and the curriculum. As a doctoral student, you will be involved in these teaching and other activities of SALSA on Humboldt-Universität‘s modern science campus Adlershof.
SALSA develops its multidisciplinary research approach through three interconnected pairs of guiding themes, which encompass today's fundamental analytical questions: Limits & Scales, Sensitivity & Selectivity, and Make & Measure.
The classical analytical term limits centers on the extreme frontiers of analytical observation, while the scales theme connects our different levels of understanding. Significant improvements regarding sensitivity and selectivity are the natural driving force of Analytical Sciences. Make & Measure not only renounces analytical problem solving solely through instruments but embraces rational design of molecules and structures.
As indicated above, candidates need to apply with their own project proposal, i.e., a project description of up to 3 (three) pages, containing
- 1) A summary of 150 words (maximum)
- 2) A description of the major aims of the research
- 3) The expected outcome
- 4) A project schedule with a time line
- 5) The reason for their primary choice of hosting lab, and why the hosting group is suited to carry out the project, as well as potential collaboration partners (PI) in the SALSA graduate school, and resources (consumables) and equipment needed to carry out the project.
Please note that we focus on selected research areas for this call:
- Applications are welcome within the following areas: nanoanalytics, x-ray structure analysis, inorganic mass spectrometry, ambient mass spectrometry, plasmon enhanced nanospectroscopy and in situ optical spectroscopies.
- Postdocs have to choose one hosting group (in case of collaborative projects between BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany, and the Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, candidates will have two hosting groups).
- Applicants’ project proposals within these research areas have to relate to and consider the preferences of the hosting groups, as stated in each host groups’ description.
Postdoc fellowship conditions
- Selected postdocs will be funded via fellowship contracts. Please note that these are fellowships, not positions - postdocs will have no regular employment status at Humboldt-Universität nor at our partner institutions, but will be fellows of SALSA graduate school.
- Funding will be 1.750 Euros/month. There is no spousal support. Postdocs will have to pay for their own health insurance and, if they are from European or treaty countries, may join the public health insurance in most cases or use their home country insurance (please check with your provider in this case). Fellows from outside of Europe are usually not eligible for public health insurance (please check private German health insurance providers for their varying offers).
- Project spans are flexible within the stated minimum and maximum range; projects must be planned for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 18 months (in case of collaborative projects between BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany, and the Universidad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain, the minimum is 12 months and successful candidates will split their time between Berlin and Oviedo).
- Earliest starting date for projects is 01.07.2017.
- All projects have to be finished by 31.12.2018, funding and contracts cease by the end of 2018 at the latest!
- Postdocs will receive additional funds (up to 2.000 Euros in total) for travel, coachings and courses and may participate in transferable skill courses organized by SALSA.
- Consumables will be provided by the hosting labs, postdocs will be able to use lab equipment of hosting labs. Information on the groups can be found below.