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 2024, Stiftung Experimentelle Biomedizin will endow the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship of Molecular Medicine for research work in the field of molecular medicine for the thirteenth time.

To the laureates

Application criteria

  • Maximum age at the time of application: 37 (certain exceptions are possible).
  • 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

Applications may be submitted until 8 December 2023.

Applications

Applications must include the following:


  • short curriculum vitae (one page maximum) in PDF
  • Title and summary of the proposed project (in English, font size 12 pt, maximum 150 words) im PDF
  • Scientific background of the proposed project, including the applicant’s own preparatory work (two pages maximum) im PDF
  • Working plan, incl. indication of methodology, and timetable (two pages maximum) im PDF
  • List of publications (separated into original papers and reviews, without abstracts) and patents im PDF

Only complete applications that meet the requirements will be considered.

Applications may be submitted until 8 December 2023.

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 2024, if possible. 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 approx. two to four weeks as from the closure of the application window of whether they will be invited to give a presentation in Zurich.


The applicants invited will have to submit the following documents:


  • Written confirmation by the host institution confirming that the Professorship will be established at said institute and that the necessary infrastructure for research work will be provided for the duration of the professorship
  • Written confirmation by the head of the institute confirming, that the applicant can use 100% of his/her working time to research activities within the framework of the endowed professorship (mandatory teaching activities will be credited to this workload) and that he/she can publish his/her research results as corresponding author

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 term of the Peter Hans Hofschneider Professorship, the awardees are invited – in principle on an annual basis – to present their research work to the Foundation Advisory Board and other experts at a public event.

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

Please submit a single application dossier in PDF including all application documents listed above and confirm by ticking each requested component that it is included in your application as required.

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Research institution where the project shall be carried out