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Call for Applications for IBS Research Center Directors

The Institute for Basic Science (IBS) is a Korean government-funded research institute established in November 2011 with the purpose of driving forward the development of basic science in Korea through large-scale, long-term, group research. IBS consists of autonomous research centers (Centers) in all fields of basic sciences and has so far established 26 Centers: Please visit http://www.ibs.re.kr/eng.do. We are pleased to announce that our call for applications is now open as detailed below. We look forward to your applications.

January 2016
KIM Doochul
President of IBS

1. Requirements

  • Candidates must have an exceptional track record of research.
  • Candidates must possess proven experiences in managing and directing a large-scale scientific research program.
  • Candidates must be committed to conducting research and operating their research centers at IBS for the long term.

2. Types of Research Centers and Host Institution

  • Types of Research Centers: ① Headquarters (HQ) ② Campus ③ Extramural. Applicants must select one of three types of research centers when applying (Currently there are 5 HQ Centers, 14 campus Centers and 7 extramural Centers).
    • Applicants for HQ will be given a priority for consideration.
  • If you select ② Campus or ③ Extramural research centers, specify the name of the host institution where the centers will be located.

3. Research Areas

  • Research characteristics: large-scale, long-term and group research in basic science
  • Basic research in mathematics (including computational sciences), physics, chemistry, life sciences, earth sciences and interdisciplinary science
    • Applicants in mathematics must apply for HQ Centers.
    • Co-director positions are available for the Center for Theoretical Physics of theUniverse and the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems.
        ※ Currently, there is 1 Center in mathematics, 8 Centers in physics, 6 Centers in chemistry, 8 Centers in life sciences and 3 Centers in multidisciplinary science.
    • For the research area of rare isotope science, please refer to “the Announcement for IBS Designated Research Areas” on our website (http://www.ibs.re.kr/eng/sub04_02_02.do).

4. Research Center Budget

  • Proposed amount of Center budget on the application form will be reviewed when selecting directors and once the selection of directors is finalized, it may be adjusted and confirmed by the Research Review Committee.
  • Start-up expenses for the initial establishment of the Center, including costs for purchasing large-scale facilities and equipment should be requested separately on the application form and will be determined by the Research Review Committee.
  • If the Center will have co-director(s) or associate director(s), a corresponding budget plan should be included accordingly in your application.

5. Details of the Director Position

  • Directors are required to work full time in their Centers and their labor costs will be negotiated with the IBS president and will become effective upon the signing of the contract.
  • Directors are not allowed to apply for other Korean government-funded research projects.
  • Directors will be given autonomy in organizing their Center including personnel, research plan and budget distribution.
  • An evaluation of Centers will take place every three years and will determine whether to provide continued support. However, the first evaluation will take place five years after the opening of the Center. (If it is decided that a Center should close down based on the evaluation results, a one-year transition period will be given.)

6. Application Details

  • Complete the application form (Appendix 1) in English and save it as a pdf file.
  • Submit your application via our website(http://www.ibs.re.kr/eng/sub04_02_01.do).
  • Application Deadline: May 31, 2016 18:00 KST
  • Candidates for in-depth evaluation will be announced by the end of October, 2016.

7. Inquiries

  • Selection and evaluations of IBS directors / application submission:

    YuJin Jung
    Research Evaluation Team
    Tel:+82-42-878-8226
    Email: evaluation@ibs.re.kr

  • Organization and operation of research centers:

    Seokhyun Bae
    Research Support Team
    Tel:+82-42-878-8218
    Email: support@ibs.re.kr

Appendix
1. Application Formdocx download
2. Selection Procedures for IBS Directors pdf download
4. Current Status of IBS Research Centers pdf download
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