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Junior Research Groups at Freie Universität Berlin

By establishing junior research groups, the university offers outstanding young scholars and researchers the opportunity to conduct independent research and build up their own working groups. In recent years, a number of funding institutions have established programs of this kind that include participation from academics and scientists at Freie Universität Berlin.

Images of the Crisis - Affective Rhetoric of Audiovisuals

Group head: Dr. des. Jan-Hendrik Bakels
Funding period: 12/2015 - 11/2021
Dept. of Philosophy and Humanities, Film Studies
Email: jan.bakels@fu-berlin.de

Bioökonomie als gesellschaftlicher Wandel (Modul 1), Food for Justice - Power, Politics and Food Inequality

Group head: Prof. Dr. Renata Campos Motta
Funding period: 4/2019 - 3/2024
Dept. Institute for Latin American Studies
Email: renata.motto@fu-berlin.de

Entwicklung neuer Methoden zur Erforschung der zoonotischen Vektorbiologie von Schildzecken mittels CRISPR-Technologie und künstlicher Fütterung

Group head: Dr. Ard Menzo Nijhof
Funding period: 7/2017 - 6/2022
Dept. of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine
Email: ard.nijhof@fu-berlin.de 

eBio - Endolysion - Integrative Systembiologie der endosomalen/lysosomalen Ionenhomöostase

Group head: Dr. Tobias Stauber
Funding period: 6/2014 - 6/2020
Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Institute for Chemistry and Biochemistry
Email: tobias.stauber@mdc-berlin.de

The Emmy Noether Programme supports researchers in achieving independence at an early stage of their scientific careers. Postdocs gain the qualifications required for a university teaching career during a DFG-funded period, usually lasting five years, in which they lead their own independent junior research group.

As a rule, researchers who have acquired between two and four years of postdoctoral research experience are eligible to apply. Applicants must have international research experience.

Quantifying Multivalent Interactions

Group head: Dr. Stephan Block
Funding period: 9/2017 - 8/2022
Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmay, Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Email: stephan.block@fu-berlin.de

Neural dynamics of visual cognition

Group head: Dr. Radoslaw Cichy
Funding period: 5/2016 - 4/2021
Dept. of Education and Psychology, Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Email: mcichy@mit.edu

Mythical Literary Works of the Old Babylonian Period as Epistemic Artefacts - as well as the Question of a "Philosophy before the Greeks"

Group head: Dr. Gösta Gabriel
Funding period: 10/2019 - 9/2022
Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: /

Reaching the People

Group head: Dr. Valeska Huber
Funding period: 10/2017 - 9/2022
Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Friedrich Meinecke Institute of History
Email: -

Directionality in Engineered Quantum Systems

Group head: Dr. Anja Metelmann
Funding period: 2/2018 - 1/2023
Dept. of Physics, Experimental Physics
Email: anjam@princeton.edu

Structural Glycobiology of Interactions between Viruses and Bacteriall Polysaccharides

Group head: Dr. Ursula Neu
Funding period: 7/2018 - 4/2021
Dept. of Biology, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, Biochemistry
Email: ursula.neu@fu-berlin.de

Oxygen Photosynthesis at the Energy Limit: Membranes and Proteins for Growth in the Near Infrared Range

Group head: Dennis Nürnberg
Funding period: 4/2020 - 3/2023
Dept. of Physics
Email: dennis.nuernberg@fu-berlin.de

Patterns of Knowledge Circulation: Tradition and Reception of Jewish Esotericism in Manuscript and Printing in Early Modern East Central Europe

Group head: Dr. Agata Paluch
Funding period: 4/2019 - 3/2022
Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Institute of Jewish Studies
Email: paluch@fu-berlin.de

Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism: The Power of the Internet in the post-Soviet World

Group head: Dr. Florian Töpfl
Funding period: 10/2014 - 3/2020
Dept. of Political and Social Sciences, Media and Communication Studies
Email: f.toepfl@fu-berlin.de

The Heisenberg Programme is directed primarily at those researchers who have qualified for professorship via the Emmy Noether Programme, DFG staff positions, private-sector research or non-faculty academic positions. The target group also includes junior professors who have received positive evaluations, those who have achieved their habilitation or equivalent, and German researchers returning from abroad, as well as appropriately qualified foreign researchers looking to pursue careers in Germany.

History and culture of China with a focus on religions

Group head: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Meyer
Funding period: 11/2017 - 10/2022
Dept. of History and Cultural Studies, Seminar of East Adian Studies / Sinology - China Studies
Email: ch.meyer@fu-berlin.de


A 'Freigeist' fellow: for the Volkswagen Foundation this means a young researcher with a strong personality, a creative mind, an ability to identify and use freedom, dedicated to overcoming resistance. If necessary, he or she will be a free spirit, enjoying the unexpected, even unexpected difficulties. A 'Freigeist' fellow opens up new horizons and combines critical analysis with imagination and innovative solutions. By thinking ahead the 'Freigeist' fellow will act as a catalyst in overcoming existing disciplinary, institutional and even national boundaries.

Predicting Abrupt Transitions and Extreme Events in the Earth System

Group Head: Dr. Niklas Boers
Funding Period: 9/2019 - 8/2025
Dept.: of Mathematics and Computer Science, Institute of Mathematics

Finding Life: Spectral Biomarkers in Planetary Atmospheres

Group head: Dr. Andreas Elsäßer
Funding period: 2/2018 - 1/2023
Dept. of Physics

Navigating the social world - A cross-cultural and developmental perspective on social norms

Group head: Dr. Patricia Kanngießer
Funding period: 10/2015 - 9/2020
Dept. of Educational Science and Psychology, Applied Developmental Psychology

The Cold War's Clash of Civilizations: The Soviet Union, the Left, and the International Origins of Islamism

Group head: Dr. Timothy Nunan
Funding period: 10/2016 - 9/2021
Dept.
of History and Cultural Studies, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut of History

The Populism of the Precarious: Marginalization, Mobilization, and Mediatization of South Asia's Religious Minorities

Group Head: Dr. Jürgen Schaflechner
Funding period: 9/2020 - 8/2025
Dept.: of Political and Social Sciences, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

The Lichtenberg Professorships were conceived both as a means of attracting outstanding researchers as well as helping to establish innovative academic teaching and new lines of research at German universities. The funding initiative enables grantees to plan with greater certainty, thus creating the opportunity for independent work in their own new lines of research.

Evolution of vaccine resistant herpesviruses

Head of project: Prof. Benedikt Kaufer PhD, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine
Funding period: 2/2017 - 1/2021

Political Sociology: Social Movements and Conflicts

Head of project: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Swen Hutter, Dept. of Political and Social Sciences
Funding period: 1/2018 - 9/2023

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