The professorship

This professorship is endowed in honour of the life-time achievements of Prof. Dr. Dr. Peter Hans Hofschneider (14 February 1929 - 23 July 2004), who made crucial contributions to the field of molecular medicine.


The Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship aims to support up-and-coming scientists who work in the field of molecular medicine and have distinguished themselves by outstanding scientific achievements. The Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship is intended to enable them to establish a working group of their own.


In 2019, Stiftung Experimentelle Biomedizin will endow the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship of Molecular Medicine for research work in the field of molecular medicine for the ninth time. This year, this is an extraordinary call for applications for the endowed professorship for Switzerland. Therefore, only projects that are carried out at a research institution in Switzerland can be considered.

To the laureates

Application criteria

  • Maximum age at the time of application: 37
  • Research activities in one of the following areas:
    • molecular biology of cardiovascular diseases
    • molecular hepatogastroenterology
    • molecular dermatology
    (including virology and tumour research in these areas)
  • A minimum of two years of postdoctoral experience and successfully completed re-search work documented by publications.
  • During the period of the research professorship, applicants must be working at a university or research institution or in a clinic in Switzerland. People who work for non-charitable organisations or institutions that prohibit their employees from immediately publishing the results of their research in a generally accessible form are not entitled to apply for the professorship.
  • During the period of the research professorship, applicants must be able to devote 100% of their working time to the research work. Teaching commitments are exempt from this rule. Exceptions may be made in well-founded cases.

Duration of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship

The duration of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship is initially limited to three years, with the option of an extension by another two years. However, funding will cease upon commencement of permanent employment or appointment as an associate or full professor.

Expenses covered by the endowment

  • Personal salary in an amount adapted to the usual salaries of assistant professors in Switzerland.
  • One graduate student position.
  • CHF 50,000 annually for running costs such as material and small appliances, official trips and publications.

Application window

The application time window for the submission of applications will be extended and will end on 20 November 2018.

Selection procedure

Applicants have to submit a project outline in English (font size 12 pt), as well as a list of publications (separated into original documents and reviews, without abstracts) and patents.


Contents of the project outline:

  • Short curriculum vitae (one page maximum)
  • Applicant’s surname and first name, name of the institute hosting the project
  • Project title and summary of the project (150 words maximum)
  • Scientific background of the proposed project, including the applicant’s own preparatory work (two pages maximum)
  • Working plan (including methodology) and timetable (two pages maximum)

Assessment

All applications will be assessed by the Foundation Advisory Board and by further international experts. Up to six applicants will be invited to Zurich to give a presentation in early 2019. The final selection will be made by the Foundation Advisory Board together with the invited colleagues and will be subject to approval by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.


Applicants will be notified in writing within six to eight weeks as from the closure of the application window of whether they will be invited to Zurich to give a presentation.


The applicants invited will have to submit the following documents:


  • written undertaking by the research institution that the professorship will be established and that the applicant will be provided with the infrastructure required for the research work for the duration of the professorship (in the case of medical scientists: exemption from clinical functions).

Reporting

The holder of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship is to report on the progress of his/her research work as follows:


  • first report: upon completion of the first year of research work (two pages maximum);
  • second report: upon completion of 2½ years of research work (five pages maximum). It will be decided on the basis of this second report whether to extend the funding period by two years;
  • final report: after the expiration of the project period funded by the foundation, a final report of no more than five pages will have to be submitted.

The holder of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship undertakes to mention the funding received by Stiftung Experimentelle Biomedizin in scientific publications and to provide the foundation with copies of the publications in question.
During the period of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship, the holder of the profes-sorship will be invited to lecture in Zurich at least every other year and to present the results of his/her research work to the Foundation Advisory Board and other experts.

The holder of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship is expected to make his/her research results accessible to a wide public in a generally comprehensible form, for instance through public lectures or the co-authorship of press articles.

Submission of application documents

Applications may be submitted online only.

To the application form