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IMeRA Call for individual applications 2015-2016

A foundation of Aix-Marseille University, IMéRA is an Institute for Advanced Study, a unique research centre where both emerging and top-level scientists can take advantage of residence schemes to carry out innovative research projects.

IMéRA is specifically aimed at fostering cross-disciplinary projects.

It receives scientists and artists of all disciplines (in residence between 3 and 12 months), as well as a few cross-disciplinary teams with joint projects for short stays (2 to 4 weeks).

Research undertaken at the Institute is meant to develop interaction within social science, within science, between social science and hard, experimental and health sciences, and links between art and science.

The Institute thus contributes to the emergence and development of world-class cross-disciplinary research approaches on Aix-Marseille University ground and grooms young researchers for such approaches.

IMéRA also enthusiastically welcomes projects bearing on Mediterranean territories or submitted by researchers from the Mediterranean rim.

In their applications, candidates should clearly demonstrate their interest in cross-disciplinary projects on the basis of their research or itineraries, by:

providing a list of already experienced cross-disciplinary collaborations or of publications calling for such collaboration schemes; or
proposing to start one such collaboration and specifying its characteristics; or
detailing expected contributions from cross-fertilisation of their own research program with perspectives and intellectual resources of other disciplines.

IMéRA gives preference to high-aspiring research projects conducive to inter-disciplinary collaboration on complex science issues or major society challenges.

Residents carry out their research in connection with Aix-Marseille University (AMU) teams and laboratories or with partner bodies. It is advisable to include a letter of interest by an Aix-Marseille University researcher to the application. A – SCHEDULE

Deadline: 7 January 2015 (this date included)

Duration of residences: 5 or 10 months

Residence periods (to be chosen by the candidates, several choices are possible):

14 Sept 2015 to 12 Feb 2016 (5 months)
22 Feb 2016 to 13 July 2016 (5 months)
14 Sept 2015 to 13 July 2016 (10 months)

B – WHO CAN QUALIFY

This call is open to scientists and artists of all disciplines, both junior and senior, with or without official status.

To be eligible, scientist applicants must meet the following 3 conditions:

Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
Hold a Doctorate or PhD;
Have at least two years’ post-doctoral experience in full-time research as at the call for applications deadline.

To be eligible, artist applicants must meet the following 2 conditions:

Not to have lived in France more than 12 months during the three years preceding this call for applications;
Carry out a research project in connection with science.

C - SELECTION CRITERIA

Application assessment criteria include, but are not limited to:

The candidate’s quality;
Project and researcher’s value and potential;
Connection of project with IMéRA’s cross-disciplinary framework (capacity to link with other disciplinary domains);
Relevance of the research project in terms of its connection with the Aix-Marseille area (potential interaction with local facilities, teams and research centres; use of local resources – field, archives, etc.).

D - LIVING CONDITIONS 1- REMUNERATION

IMéRA will pay an allowance or a salary to residents depending on their candidate status. Scientist remuneration

Scientists fall into two classes:

Junior: €2,300 net monthly allowance or salary;
Senior: €3,500 net monthly allowance or salary.

Junior class: Researchers who have 2 to 9 years of full-time research experience after obtaining the PhD (PhD training is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications.

Senior class: Top-level researchers with minimum 10 years’ experience in full-time research after obtaining the PhD (PhD is not considered in the calculation of experience) as at the closing date of the call for applications, and university professors. Artist remuneration

Artists will receive a €2,300 net monthly allowance. 2. ACCOMMODATION

IMéRA provides free accommodation to residents in a flat within the Institute premises. 3. TRANSPORT

IMéRA will pay for the residents’ ticket from their usual place of residence to Marseille and back. 4. RESEARCH MEANS

IMéRA invites residents to organise an international research seminar on a theme related to their project during their stay, with the possibility of asking several external specialists to participate.

IMéRA does not finance production means for resident artists planning to make pieces of work. E –CANDIDATURE

Deadline: 7 January 2015 (this date included)

Applications must be in English or French.

Candidates must submit their applications EXCLUSIVELY on IMéRA's website (www.candidatures-imera.univ-amu.fr). Applications sent by e-mail or by post will NOT be considered.

Online applications must include

Duly completed application form (mandatory fields);
One sole file (to be downloaded) including:
  • Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications and/or creations/exhibitions;

  • Presentation of research project (maximum 5 pages) with selective bibliography;

  • For junior researchers: one to three letters of recommendation;

  • A letter of interest by an Aix-Marseille researcher (not compulsory).

Period of residence:

14 Sept 2015 to 12 Feb 2016 (5 months) 22 Feb 2016 to 13 July 2016 (5 months) 14 Sept 2015 to13 July 2016 (10 months)

Open from13/10/2014
Deadline07/01/2015 23:59
Linkhttp://candidatures-imera.univ-amu.fr/en/call_for_application/imera-call-for-individual-applications-2015-2016

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