Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - PSI-FELLOW-II-3i Programme
Revised June 06, 2018
Before you apply for a PSI postdoctoral fellowship
How many PSI-FELLOW fellowships are available?
30 PSI-FELLOW postdocs will be appointed in 2017 and in 2019.
How do I apply and what is the role of the PSI-FELLOW Principle Investigator (PI)?
You should apply in mutual agreement with the PI, who is responsible for the theme you are interested in. The project proposal approach should be discussed together with the PI.
What subjects are covered by PSI-FELLOW-II-3i?
The research areas include natural and engineering sciences. The grand themes are:
- materials and matter,
- human health and life-sciences,
- new accelerator concepts, beam characterization methods, detectors,
- energy and environment,
- multidisciplinary science at the research facilities
Within these grand themes the PIs have opened sub-themes on which you are invited to propose your project proposal. Please contact the PI for further information.
What are the eligibility criteria?
The eligibility criteria are published on: Eligibility Criteria
Can I apply if I work at CERN, Geneva?
If you have worked at CERN for more than 12 months out of the 3 years immediately before the PSI-FELLOW recruitment date (1st of May, 2019) then you would not be eligible for PSI-FELLOW.
How long does a fellowship last? Is a fellowship prolongable?
The duration of a fellowship in PSI-FELLOW-II-3i is two years and cannot be prolonged over the initial granted funding period. Employment after the initially granted time must be financed from other sources.
Where can I carry out the fellowship?
In general the PSI-Fellowships are carried out at PSI. Under certain circumstances it is also possible to be employed by one of our partner organisations (ETH Zurich, EMPA, SNI at University of Basel).
What criteria are used to assess applications?
Applications will be assessed against criteria both addressing the candidate's aptitude as well as the quality of the proposed research and its potential impact. The criteria are described in detail in the guidelines for applicants and reviewers available on the call page at the call start (September 1, 2018).
Is there a biological age limit?
No, there is no biological age limit, but an academic age limit. For the first postdoc the PhD degree must have been awarded no more than two years prior to the application. For more experienced postdocs applying for e.g. the second postdoc the PhD degree must have been awarded no more than six years prior to the application. This employment condition will allow us to focus on excellent experienced researchers at the beginning of their scientific career and to acknowledge that postdoctoral positions should be transient in the career of a researcher. Exceptions are made for documented career breaks which can be well justified. Please contact email@example.com in order to clarify the situation.