2022 Call for IBS Young Scientist Fellowship (Due: July 8, 2022)

1. IBS Young Scientist Fellowship

With the vision of “Making discoveries for humanity and society,” the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) was founded in 2011 by the Korean government to promote basic science in Korea. To date, IBS operates two institute and 35 Research Centers which have been yielding outstanding results in various research fields.

The IBS Young Scientist Fellowship started in 2016 to play an active role in fostering the next generation of basic science leaders. This Fellowship offers junior scientists opportunities to conduct independent research with state-of-the-art research infrastructure of IBS and to grow on the basis of research collaborations with leading researchers.

We hope that the Fellowship serves as a stepping stone for our researchers to mature into leading researchers in basic science.

2. Eligibility

  • Within seven years of obtaining a Ph.D. (obtained no earlier than 1 January 2015) or under the age of 40 with a Ph.D. (born no earlier than 1 January 1982)
    – Ph.D. candidates must be conferred with a Ph.D. degree no later than 31 August 2022.
  • Current IBS researchers are eligible to apply if they meet the above criteria.

3. Hiring Research Centers

Both Discrete Mathematics Group and Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group have openings. Budget: Up to KRW 150 million per year.

For other centers and groups, please visit the IBS website https://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf/.

4. Benefits and Conditions

  • Full-time work and 100% research participation in principle
    – If successful candidates for the Fellowship are selected for other projects (e.g., Sejong Science Fellowship and Young Researcher Program of the National Research Foundation), their selection as Young Scientist Fellows (YSFs) may be cancelled. During the Fellowship term, participating in other projects funded by sources outside IBS is not allowed.
  • Annual fund of KRW 150–300 mil. (up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields and up to KRW 300 mil. for experimental fields), including salary of KRW 60–70 mil.
  • YSFs will work at one of the IBS Centers and conduct independent research with research facilities and equipment of their Center. YSFs may organize small research groups.
    – YSFs should prioritize using the advanced research infrastructure of their Center in conducting research. Although they may construct research equipment and facilities within their budget, the construction scale and timing may be adjusted through review.
  • Appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results
    – When current IBS researchers are selected as a YSF of their Center, support will be offered for up to three years.
  • Successful candidates must be appointed and commence their research within the first half of 2023 (1 January–30 June 2023).
    – If their appointment and research commencement are not completed within 2023, their selection may be cancelled.
  • When the Center (PRC Group) to which a YSF group belongs is closed, the YSF group will also be closed in principle.
    – Please refer to the FAQ for details.

5. Selection Process (The schedule may change depending on the circumstances of IBS.)

  • First phase: Letter of intent (approx. three pages) acceptance and evaluation
    • 1. Submission deadline: 8 July 2022
    • 2. Review of each letter of intent by the director and the selection and evaluation panel concerned
    • 3. Invitation to submit full research proposals: August 2022
      – Applicants who pass the first phase will be requested to submit an approx. 10-page full research proposal, up to three reference letters and presentation materials.
  • Second phase: Full research proposal acceptance and in-depth evaluation by field
    • 1. Submission deadline: September 2022
    • 2. Review of each full proposal and reference letter by the director concerned
    • 3. Interview (on-site presentation) by the selection and evaluation panel concerned: October 2022
      – If candidates reside abroad or have difficulty attending on site, the evaluation will be held via video conference. 
  • Third phase: Comprehensive evaluation and notification of the results
    • 1. Comprehensive evaluation by panel chairs
    • 2. Final selection and notification of the results: November 2022

6. How to Apply: IBS website at https://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf/apply by 8 July 2022 (KST)

7. Inquiries: Research Evaluation Team at ysf@ibs.re.kr or IBS website at https://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf

Hong Liu is appointed as the CI of the new group, “IBS Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group (ECOPRO)” as of April 1

On April 1, 2022, Hong Liu from the University of Warwick is appointed as the Chief Investigator to lead a new group, the IBS Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group (ECOPRO), in the Center for Mathematical and Computational Sciences. To enhance our collaboration, the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group will move to the 3rd floor of the theory building on April 19-21 to share the space with the Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group.

Welcome Prof. Hongseok Yang (양홍석) from KAIST, a new Visiting Research Fellow in the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group

The IBS Discrete Mathematics Group welcomes Prof. Hongseok Yang (양홍석) from the School of Computing, KAIST, Daejeon, Korea. He will visit the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group for 1 year from February 28, 2022 to February 24, 2023 during his sabbatical leave from KAIST. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and was a University Lecturer, an Assistant Professor, and a Full Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford since May 2011. He moved to KAIST as a full professor in July 2017.

Hong Liu is moving to IBS as a Chief Investigator to start the IBS Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group (ECOPRO) on April 2022 and is hiring up to 5 postdocs in all fields of combinatorics with emphasis on extremal and probabilistic combinatorics, graph theory, Ramsey theory, combinatorial number theory and discrete geometry

We are very excited to learn that Prof. Hong Liu from University of Warwick, UK will move to the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) as a Chief Investigator (CI) to lead a new group called the Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group (ECOPRO) on April 2022. This new group will be also located in the IBS headquarter and is expected to work closely with the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group (DIMAG). Both DIMAG and ECOPRO belong to the IBS Center for Mathematical and Computational Sciences together with the Data Science Group and the Biomedical Mathematics Group and we share the staff members.

The website was made recently. https://www.ibs.re.kr/ecopro/

Yesterday, the IBS Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group (ECOPRO) posted the hiring announcement for up to 5 postdocs. Here are a few paragraphs from the announcement.

 The Extremal Combinatorics and Probability Group (ECOPRO) at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) in Daejeon, South Korea invites applications for 5 postdoctoral research fellowship positions.

ECOPRO is a new research group that will be officially launched in April 1, 2022 at IBS, led by Prof. Hong Liu. We welcome highly motivated postdoc researchers with outstanding research potential in all fields of combinatorics with emphasis on extremal and probabilistic combinatorics, graph theory, Ramsey theory, combinatorial number theory and discrete geometry.

This appointment is for 2 years with possible 1 year extension contingent upon the outstanding performance of the researcher. The starting salary is no less than 57,000,000 KRW (about 48,400 USD or 42,800 EUR). The appointment starting date is flexible: between April 1 and Oct 1, 2022. This is a purely research position and will have no teaching duties.

A complete application packet should include

  1. Curriculum vitae including a publication list (PDF format)
  2. Research statement (PDF format)
  3. Up to 3 best papers or preprints
  4. Consent to Collection and Use of Personal Information (Please convert to a PDF file)
  5. Two or three recommendation letters.

For full consideration, applicants should email items 1, 2, 3, and 4 and arrange their recommendation letters emailed to ecopro@ibs.re.kr by January 14, 2022.

Recommendations letters forwarded by an applicant will not be considered.

Jinha Kim (김진하) is awarded the Excellence Award for Young Scientist (미래인재상) by Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations (KOFWST, 한국여성과학기술단체총연합회). Congratulations!

On November 19, 2021, Jinha Kim (김진하) of the IBS Discrete Mathematics Group received the Excellence Award for Young Scientist (미래인재상) by Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations (KOFWST, 한국여성과학기술단체총연합회). This award was created to recognize woman scientists and engineers who have the potentials to elevate the nation’s competitiveness in science through great passion, dedication, and remarkable achievement in their work. Congratulations!

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