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Department of Geography

SNSF Professorships: Call to identify and offer support to selected candidates

The Department of Geography (GIUZ) at the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich is pleased to support candidates for  SNSF Professorial Fellowships calls. SNSF Professorial Fellowships bring significant research funding, allowing grantees to lead an independent research project and team. They replace ERC Starting Grants and the SNSF Eccellenza Professorial and Prima Fellowships.

GIUZ recognises the value of such grants to early-career researchers, and the important role that the Department can play in providing support to successful candidates during both the grant writing process and as a hosting institution. We therefore aim to identify and offer support to selected candidates for SNSF Starting Grants early in the grant writing process.

Our call for the 2024 round of SNSF Eccellenza Professorial Fellowships was open until the end of September 2023. We will publish a new call in spring/summer 2024 to find candidates for the SNSF 2025 round.

Applicants have an excellent track record. The SNF and the University of Zurich have signed the DORA declaration, and value contributions to scientific research, teaching, supervision, science communication and services. Applicants wish to develop a research group at GIUZ, have research interests that build upon and complement existing research at GIUZ, and are prepared to involve themselves in Departmental activities (for example through contributions to teaching and service).

GIUZ is particularly interested in candidates whose proposed research matches GIUZ’s identified research priorities in Health Geography and Environmental Justice. Furthermore, GIUZ strongly encourages applicants to apply who would add to the diversity of the professorial staff at the Department.

Interested applicants should:
1.    Check their eligibility for an SNSF Professorial Fellowship.
2.    If eligible, applicants should submit the following as a single PDF.

  • A two-page motivation letter summarising the proposed research, the reasons for choosing GIUZ as a hosting institution, and outlining how the proposed research fits and complements GIUZ’s existing research clusters.
  • A CV prepared using the SNSF portal.

For more information, applicants should contact the Head of Department. The next call for applications will be published in spring/summer 2024.