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German Research Chair at AIMS Senegal for Postdoctoral Researchers 2022

The research chair is designed to help strengthen mathematical higher education and research in Africa, promote networking between AIMS Senegal and German higher education institutions and support networking amongst the various AIMS centres in Africa.

AIMS Senegal is part of the AIMS-Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), which seeks to establish a coordinated network of supra-regional centres of excellence in Africa. Further AIMS centres are located in South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda and Cameroon.

The chairholder will simultaneously be affiliated with a university in Senegal.

About African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is a pan-African network of centres of excellence enabling talented students to become innovators driving the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency.The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) initiated AIMS Structured Master’s Program, 2021 runs over three semesters. The requisite skills phase of the AIMS course builds a standard core set of problem-solving skills: estimation, computation, approximation, modelling, data analysis and statistics. The elective review phase allows st... read more

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German Research Chair

Aim and Benefits of German Research Chair

he research chair will receive funding of up to 835,000 euros for initially six years. This money may be used to cover

  • the salary attached to the research chair, to be determined depending on your career stage
  • relocation costs
  • research stays in Germany
  • participation in conferences in Rwanda and abroad
  • expenses for organising workshops and conferences at the AIMS centre
  • specialist literature, equipment and expendable materials at the AIMS centre

For more information please see the Regulations on the use of funds (PDF).

We moreover offer access to a wide range of alumni sponsorship measures throughout your professional career, for example, to help you maintain and expand contacts to collaborative partners in Germany.

Once you have taken up post, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) will provide you with further funding for establishing your group (PhD students, Postdocs), cooperating with German higher education institutions and supporting networking among AIMS centres mobility.

Requirements for German Research Chair Qualification

We invite you to apply for the German Research Chair in “Mathematics and its Applications” at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Senegal if you

  • have completed your doctorate and established an internationally outstanding research record in mathematics and its applications
  • have several years of experience in research, teaching, and supervising students and, ideally, doctoral candidates
  • conduct application-relevant research into topics with the potential to contribute to the development of the African continent
  • would like to initiate academic collaborations with colleagues at German higher education institutions
  • are willing to relocate to, live and work in Senegal for the duration of the funding period

Please see the programme information for the full application requirements. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation explicitly welcomes applications from qualified female academics.

Interview date, Process and Venue for German Research Chair

An independent Selection Committee that also includes representatives of AIMS Senegal and AIMS-NEI  will select the appointee to the research chair based on an independent peer review.  In a  pre-selection process, suitable candidates will be determined who will be invited to Senegal in the autumn of 2022 to present their work. We will inform applicants of the outcome immediately after the Selection Committee has made its choice.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2022

How to Apply

You may only apply online. When filling in the online application form, please observe the guidelines for completing the application and the information on the required documents. Further information and advice important for your application can be found in the FAQ.

If you are uncertain, we will be happy to advise you any time: GermanResearchChairs[at]

For more details, visit AIMS website.
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