The Italian research center Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, operated as an international multidisciplinary user facility, featuring a 2.0/2.4 GeV third-generation synchrotron light source (Elettra), a free-electron laser light source (FERMI) and a variety of support laboratories, published the call:
This is a pilot action in the framework of the Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste scientific and social activities in favor of the Western Balkans, in line with the outcome of the Ministerial Meeting of the Western Balkans Platforms on Culture, Research and Innovation, Education and Training held in Tirana on June 27th – 28th 2022, in which the commitment made by the leaders at the Brdo EU-Western Balkans Summit in 2021 to promote scientific excellence, and help prevent brain drain, has been confirmed.
The purpose of this call is to train promising young scientists from Western Balkans in the most advanced material characterization techniques using synchrotron radiation and contribute to the development of a user community in the Western Balkans.
This call is open to nationals from all Western Balkans. A PhD in Physics, Chemistry, or related disciplines is required. Proven experience in experimental research and a suitable publication record is expected. Experience in the development of scientific instrumentation will be considered an additional asset. A letter of support from a Western Balkans institution of higher learning or from a governmental agency/ministry is essential. The deadline for the submission of the application is January 15, 2023.
The candidate should possess strong interpersonal skills to pursue collaborative research programs in a team-oriented environment and to become part of existing research collaborations. Good time management skills and ability to prioritize are expected, together with the ability to interact with project partners and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Good oral and written communication skills in English are essential.