08 April 2024

Hereby, Advanced Functional Materials, the Strategic Research Area (SRA, SFO) of LiU in Materials Science, announces a call for AFM guest professor support up to 500 kSEK/year.

AFM Guest Professorship

  • Aim at strengthening the SRA by attracting leading international researchers with
    expertise of highest strategical relevance for the environment and providing AFM
    researchers an opportunity to establish and enhance international collaborations at the
    frontiers of contemporary materials science.
  • AFM guest professors are expected to focus on competence transfer shown through
    own research, supervision, or co-supervision of PhD students at AFM, and participation
    in educational activities and outreach activities.
  • Proposals for AFM Guest Professor support may be submitted by an AFM host*.
  • Projects start on the 1st of January 2025.
  • Guest professor support may be renewed one year at a time upon positive evaluation
    of an activity report and strategic priorities of AFM environment, up to five years in
  • A short feedback report will only be provided for applications passing the first
    evaluation step.
  • A majority of senior researchers within AFM are men, which is why we particularly
    encourage applications to support female Guest Professors.

AFM Guest Professor support

will give internationally leading researchers opportunity to establish collaborations and perform high risk and novel research at LiU,
with the criteria of:

  • Materials science being excellent, internationally competitive, and strategic for Sweden in general, and for AFM in particular.
  • Strong personal engagement and presence at LiU.
  • Scientific renewal, favoring cross-disciplinary material science and with neighboring establishing research areas.
  • Further development of strong links between Guest Professor home university and AFM research groups.

Application process

AFM Guest Professor support may be granted to a scientist upon submission of a
research proposal by an AFM host* to the AFM steering group that:

  • Includes a research proposal of no more than 2 pages, composed of the following
    outline: Objectives, State of the Art, Research Tasks, and value to AFM.
  • A standard two-page CV (VR style) of the nominated Guest Professor.
  • A ResearcherID (ISI) link, including ALL publications of the nominated Guest Professor.
  • The total number of citations of the nominated Guest Professor during 2020-2023, and
    the nominee’s ISI h-index (all years).
  • A publication list for the last 8 years.
  • A budget**, confirming that the nominated candidate will accept employment at LiU as
    Guest Professor, and a preliminary schedule of visits of the nominated Guest Professor
    to AFM.

The application, combined into one pdf document should be sent no later than 31st of
May 2024, to Wendela Yonar (wendela.yonar@liu.se).

Decisions for AFM Guest Professor Support will be announced in June 2024. The projects/funding will be granted under the condition that the Swedish government
follows the recommendations for future funding of the Strategic Research Areas in line
with the recommendations issued by the funding authorities: "Myndigheternas
rekommendationer gällande SFO-stödet och framtida riktade satsningar (VR dnr. 5.1-

* division heads, PIs and researchers with support from AFM, today employed at IFM, ITN or IEI, main employment, at least 50,1 %, at LiU
** If the budget exceeds 500 kSek, a statement of co-support from the AFM host must be included

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