The Advisory Board of the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science invites Berkeley faculty to submit online nominations for Visiting Miller Research Professorships and the Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Visiting Miller Professorship Award. Applications direct from candidates are not accepted.
The purpose of the Visiting Miller Professorship is to bring promising or eminent scientists to the Berkeley campus on a short-term basis for collaborative research interactions. The purpose of the Somorjai Award is to support the collaborative research of an early-career visiting scientist within the broad field of chemical sciences for a one-month term. Both programs require that awardees are in residence at Berkeley during their appointment term, and it is the department host faculty member’s responsibility to ensure their presence on campus. It is stipulated that the appointee do no formal teaching, however public talks and department colloquia are encouraged. Any absences from the Berkeley campus will result in deductions being made to stipend and living allowance payments. All absences away from the Berkeley campus during the award term must be coordinated with the Miller Institute office in advance.
The Advisory Board of the Institute, which will make the awards, recognizes the problem of ascertaining whether a distinguished scholar would be interested in coming to Berkeley as a Visiting Miller Research Professor. The Board hopes that by indirect inquiry the prospective sponsoring department can determine the likelihood of availability. The Miller Institute, as the sponsor and administrative department, will extend an invitation after advising the department of its selection. Any questions regarding this program may be directed to the Institute's office by phone at (510) 642-4088 or by emailing the Miller Institute.
Departmental Guide for the Visiting Miller Professorship Online Nominations:
Deadline for Nominations: September 18, 2015, 11:59pm PDT (-7GMT)
(See detailed instructions on Nomination Form online)
Nominations for the Visiting Miller Professorship competition cycle must be made online by Berkeley faculty members. Nominations should be written by the nominator, highlighting the value the Berkeley campus will derive from the potential visit. The online system will not accept incomplete nominations. Direct applications are not accepted. Nominations for the Somorjai Award must include all of the VMP nomination materials unless otherwise noted. Nominators will need the following required information prepared and ready for upload before proceeding to the online nomination:
- Nominee's Full / Legal name
- Nominee's active Email Address (notification of award sent to this email address)
- Nominee's Citizenship
- Nominee's Professional Title and Current Institution
- Nominee's current and complete Mailing Address
- UCB Primary Nominating Academic Department
- UCB Primary Host Department Chair Name & Chair Email Address
- If other UC faculty: Nominee's home department chair name, email address and mailing address
- Faculty Host Name, Email Address & Campus Phone Number
- Preferred Semester and Number of Visit Days
- Will the Visiting Scholar be at UCB before or after the proposed term? Dates? Departments?
- List of all visits to UC Berkeley within the past two years.
- Departmental Research Proposal - limit 2 pages, 11 point font or larger
- Nominations for the Somorjai Visiting Miller Professorship Award must be indicated by selecting the corresponding checkbox located on the Nomination Form.
- Abbreviated Publications: List 10 most representative publications on Google Scholar, Thomson Reuters, or any other discipline-specific metrics of interest/impact, AND all publications in the last 3 years.
- Curriculum Vitae - do not include comprehensive publications list
- The terms of the Departmental Host Faculty Confirmation Form must be accepted by selecting the corresponding checkbox located on the Nomination Form.
- *NEW: Nominators must upload the English Language Proficiency certification as required by the Berkeley International Office for all non-US citizens.
- Additional Support letters are very important during the review and selection process. The Executive Committee needs to be persuaded of the value your candidate will bring to the department and campus. (Do NOT include Chair Letters here. Chairs will be contacted directly.)
The Departmental Research Proposal (prepared by nominator)
The research proposal is the primary department host's opportunity to persuade the Institute's Advisory Board of the value the candidate will bring to the department and campus. These nominations should not be perfunctory; the Institute has to be convinced that the nominee is strong and the proposal to bring the individual here is well considered.
Nominations should be prepared from the nominator's point of view and highlight the value the visitor will bring to the department. Proposals from nominees are not acceptable.
The Miller Institute is "dedicated to the encouragement of creative thought and the conduct of research and investigation in the field of pure science ... and investigation in the field of applied science in so far as such research and investigation are deemed by the Advisory Board to offer a promising approach to fundamental problems." Candidate research supported across departments is strongly encouraged. Research proposals meeting these guidelines must not exceed two single-spaced 8-1/2 x 11-inch pages and be in 11 point or larger font. Nominations for a full semester appointment must show adequate justification for such a term.
The Somorjai Award
For consideration for the Somorjai Award, please indicate by selecting the corresponding checkbox located on the Visiting Professorship Nomination Form.
Department Chair Review
After the nomination deadline, Department Chairs will be solicited by the Miller Institute to review online all nominations submitted in their departments. In order to complete the departmental nomination process, the Chair will be required to upload a letter that 1) provides judgment of each research proposal 2) ranks the nominations if two or more nominations are submitted and explains the basis for the rankings, and 3) assures the Institute that departmental space, facilities and research support for the appointee will be available.