To promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution, the University of Groningen has initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme. The ambitious programme has been running since 2007 and financed thus far over sixty fellowships.
The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is primarily directed at ambitious women in academia, research institutes or industry who have a PhD and aim for a career towards full professorship in a European top research university. The fellowship offers career opportunities to work in international leading environments and is only awarded to outstanding researchers.
The astronomy programme in Groningen is carried out by the Kapteyn Astronomical Institute. It is part of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy and belongs to the top research institutions in Astronomy worldwide. Research topics in Groningen currently include cosmology and structure formation, galaxy formation and evolution, high-energy astrophysics, star and planet formation including the ISM, and astronomical information theory. The proximity of the Low Energy Astrophysics Division of the Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON, in the same building) and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON, in Dwingeloo) offers excellent opportunities for active collaborations.
Successful candidates will be expected to establish an independent, externally funded research programme in collaboration with colleagues at our university and elsewhere. They will also be expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the teaching programme of the astronomy department.