Dear colleagues:

I should like to bring your attention to NTNU's Fellowship initiative that seeks highly motivated and gifted PostDoc candidates. It provides an excellent opportunity to define a project and write a proposal with a participating professor at NTNU's Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology to seek funding from the EU.

The program has been very successful in the last years and we expect to have equally successful candidates for this year.

Please ask interested candidates to take contact with me ([log in to unmask]). Deadline for the application to the Faculty for getting the proposal preparation process under way is the 28th of March, as indicated below. For more details please point the interested to the program webpage

Best regards
Heinz Preisig


Fellows Initiative Natural Sciences (FINS)

Career development for junior scientists at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim is Norway’s primary institution for educating the nation's future engineers and scientists and is one of the leading universities in Scandinavia with an annual budget of about EUR 600 million and approximately 25000 students.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology (NT) at NTNU has set up the FINS initiative to support excellent junior scientists from outside Norway, who plan to submit applications for independent research fellowships (such as Marie Curie Individual Fellowships, etc.) in order to pursue an academic research career. The initiative aims to highlight research opportunities for candidates with members of the NT faculty and to assist the best candidates with the development of their fellowship applications. Last year eight Marie Curie fellowship applications were submitted by candidates supported through the FINS initiative with three of them (38%) being successful. The average success rate for this type of EU funding was 12% in 2013. Importantly, the initiative has also the financial means to support one outstanding candidate if he/she fails to meet the funding threshold.

We are looking forward to applications from promising young researchers who have already published (at least) one manuscript as first author in a peer-reviewed journal and have scientific interests that match research activities already taking place in the departments involved. An overview of NTNU principal investigators participating in the initiative and details on the application procedure can be found on the website

We will select from the applications the most interesting candidates and invite them to come to Trondheim for a symposium at the end of May (reasonable travel expenses will be covered). This will give the candidates the opportunity to present their past research achievements, discuss future research / career plans with senior NTNU academics and get to know one of the most popular places to live and work in Norway.

Deadline for application is Friday, 28th March 2014.


Heinz A Preisig
Professor of Process Systems Engineering
Øvre Bakklandet 62 B, 7013 Trondheim, Norway
Department of Chemical Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology      
N – 7491 Trondheim, Norway
Tel direct:         +47     735 92807
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