Singapore – Birmingham university partnership seeks top researchers

Singapore

The University of Birmingham and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have launched the search for outstanding researchers from around the globe to join them in developing cutting-edge research projects that change the lives of people world-wide.

A joint programme between the two universities, the initiative aims to attract outstanding early and mid-career researchers from global leading institutions, operating at the cutting edge of their disciplines to work collaboratively with colleagues in Birmingham and Singapore.

Fellowships set up by the Institute of Advanced Studies at each university aim to nurture research which crosses disciplinary and global boundaries to forge meaningful research collaborations between academics at the two sites in Birmingham and Singapore.

Professor Michael Hannon, Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, said: “We look forward to working with colleagues at Nanyang Technological University in developing a global research programme that attracts the most talented and visionary researchers.

“As a leading international ‘civic’ university in the 21st century, the University Of Birmingham is committed to enriching the life of both our home city and the wider world. These Visiting Fellowships will deepen our already strong partnership with NTU and represent another exciting opportunity to foster strong research partnerships across the world.”

The Fellowships are an early outcome of a wider partnership between the University-Based Institutes for Advanced Studies, NTU and the University of Birmingham which aims to inspire interdisciplinary global research collaborations that have a significant impact on the lives of people around the world.

The universities are seeking visiting researchers within 15 years of achieving their PhD, who hold a research post in academia, industry, charity, arts or other organisations - equivalent to academic post of Lecturer or above, or who hold an individual Principal Investigator Fellowship.

Professor Phua Kok Khoo, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), Nanyang Technological University said ‘ As an alumnus of the University of Birmingham, I particularly welcome this opportunity to bring our Institutes of Advanced Studies closer together to enhance our research collaborations.’

As part of their proposed research project, Fellows would be expected to stay for up to six weeks in Singapore and six weeks in Birmingham over a period of one year and will forge long-term collaborative links to Birmingham and NTU. Applicants should:

  • identify particular research strengths at NTU Singapore and the University of Birmingham that would contribute to the success of the project proposal; and
  • indicate likely outcomes from the collaboration, such as publications and new research projects.

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For more information, please contact Tony Moran, International Communications Manager, University of Birmingham on +44 (0) 121 414 8254 or +44 (0)782 783 2312. For out-of-hours enquiries, please call +44 (0) 7789 921 165.

Notes to Editors

  • The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers and teachers and more than 4,000 international students from nearly 150 countries.
  • The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) aims to promote interdisciplinary research by combining expertise from across the breadth of the University of Birmingham to address major cross-cutting themes that are important, relevant and timely. Established as a dynamic and creative part of the University of Birmingham’s research landscape, the Institute of Advanced Studies continues to harness intellectual capital across the University and beyond to the wider international community.
  • Applicants should send a CV, details of their proposed research project (maximum length 1000 words), a publication as a sample of their written work and the names of two referees to Sue Gilligan , University of Birmingham Institute of Advanced Studies by 16 March 2018.
  • More information on the programme.