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From: "Alan Kelm" <akelm@cms.math.ca>
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Sent: Monday, 28 October, 2013 09:58:48
Subject: [cmath] Joint Research Chair - African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)

Organization African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)
Position title Joint Research Chair
Target group Researchers in academic disciplines with substantial mathematical science components
Category Academic Development
Duty station AIMS-Ghana, AIMS-South Africa and Canada
Closing date 22nd of November 2013
Start date As soon as possible
Application submission academic-dev@nexteinstein.org
Vacancy Notice # ACDEV001
URL http://www.nexteinstein.org/jobs


The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is an innovative, pan-African centre of excellence for post-graduate education, research and outreach which has achieved global recognition since opening its first centre in South Africa in 2003 (www.aims.ac.za). AIMS centres offer a number of educational programs including a one-year taught Master's program and postgraduate research. Each AIMS centre provides an intensive and broad education to over 50 African students each year and prepares them for leadership careers in academia, governance and industry. The AIMS educational program relies on top international lecturers who teach in a 24-hour learning environment.

Based on the success of the first AIMS centre, the AIMS Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI, www.nexteinstein.org) was launched with the mission of enabling Africa's brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa's future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency. As part of this network, the AIMS-NEI secretariat acts as a coordinating body for all centres. AIMS centres are currently found in Ghana, South Africa, Senegal and very recently in Cameroon. Each centre is expected to become a leading research-intensive, internationally recognized, mathematical-science research hub conducting research of relevance to societal, local or regional development challenges, and with the potential to impact local government policies.


Through the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the AIMS-NEI secretariat has secured funds for a Joint Research Chair, which in a five-year period can position the AIMS centres in Ghana and South Africa as world-class mathematical science research hubs. The objectives of this research chair position are three fold:

  1. To act as a catalyst to strengthen and grow the current AIMS network research programs;
  2. To position AIMS research centres as centres of excellence globally;
  3. To contribute towards capacity building of AIMS alumni, positioning them as the next generation of African researchers actively involved in Africa's socio-economic growth through mathematical science research initiatives.

The joint research Chair is also expected to work in partnership with a Canadian institution, spending 40% of their time at AIMS-Ghana, 40% at AIMS-South Africa and 20% at a Canadian partner institution, to establish a mathematical-science focused research agenda which is relevant to Africa's development. A generous funding has been allocated for this position including funds for the recruitment of two PhDs and two Post-doctorate fellows to support the Chair's research activities. However, it is expected that the proposed research program should be attractive enough to raise additional funds and ensure its sustainability in these institutions beyond the current five-year funding period.



It is expected that the research Chair should:


Applications must be written in English and in a clear manner understandable to a broad audience. All files should be submitted using the format: surname-file type-ACDEV001 (e.g surname-application form-ACDEV001) in the subject line.

The application package should consist of:

  1. The completed application form which should include details of the full proposal (download the application form from here);
  2. A cover letter clearly stating the vision of the proposed research program (1-3 pages);
  3. Curriculum vitae (download the CV template from here);
  4. A zipped file of the full articles of the Candidate's five key publications sent as a separate attachment.

The applicant should obtain:


Activity Deadline
Application opened 18th October 2013
Application closed 22nd November 2013
Pre-screening and short listing of candidates (internal) 25th – 29th November , 2013
Formal interview of shortlisted candidates 12th – 15th December, 2013
Recruitment process December 15th 2013 – January 15th , 2014
Start date for selected candidate End of January 2014 or earliest possible date

AISM-NEI will continue to welcome applications after the 22nd of November 2013 in case a suitable candidate has not been identified.




This employment posting is among those listed in the Employment section of the CMS website:

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