German-American exchange for young researchers in engineering is funded with 500,000 dollars

Joint fellowship programme with the American Ceramic Society and the Pennsylvania State University starts at Kiel University this autumn


With a joint fellowship programme the American Ceramic Society, the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and the Kiel University (CAU) want to support the international exchange of doctoral researchers. The programme „International Research Experience for Students“ is funded by the American National Science Foundation (NSF) with 500,000 dollars. It enables young scientists from the USA to complete a six-month research stay in Kiel. From the winter semester 2019/20 onwards, they will be able to attend lectures at the Faculty of Engineering and get actively involved in its research work. The subject of the three-year programme is based around three of Kiel University's major research networks, which are working at the interface between engineering and medicine on sensors for biomagnetic fields (Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 1261 "Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diganostics"), on new materials to treat brain disorders (Research Training Group 2154 "Materials for Brain") and on the implementation of the information processing in nervous systems into hardware electronics.(Research Group 2093 "Memristive devices for neuronal systems").

The aim of the programme IRES is to support first-rate young researchers at the CAU and American universities in their career development: Programme participants, known as PACK fellows (Penn State – American Ceramic Society – University of Kiel), will have the opportunity of a training in an international setting and building long-term networks. The programme focuses on their exchange with scientist of the CAU and Penn State in the fields of magnetoelectric composite materials, biomagnetic sensors, imaging procedures to display brain activities, biomaterials, medical signal processing and neuromorphic components. The American Ceramic Society is administering the programme.

"Bringing young committed researchers together at international level and establishing networks for them is an important component of our support for young researchers," stressed CRC spokesperson Professor Eckhard Quandt. "This cooperation also demonstrates Kiel University's research strength and international visibility in the emerging field of biomagnetic field sensing. Through this project, we hope to establish the foundations for further German-American research partnerships."

The first six PACK fellows are expected to arrive in Kiel in this October. They will benefit from the CAU's excellent research infrastructures like the Kiel Nanolab with its 300m² ultra-modern cleanroom. Interdisciplinary seminars, workshops on company formation as well as on further academic or vocational development, peer-to-peer activities and participating in the annual symposia organized jointly by ACerS will also be on offer. Kiel's doctoral researchers will also have the opportunity to complete a research stay at Penn State or other universities in the USA.

Two scientists in the lab
© Julia Siekmann, CAU

The "International Research Experience" fellowship programme will further strengthen networking between young researchers from the USA and Kiel, who will work together in excellent research environments like the Kiel Nanolab.

Scientist in a yellow lab
© Julia Siekmann, CAU

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Professor Dr.-Ing. Eckhard Quandt
Spokesperson for the CRC 1261 »Magnetoelectric Sensors: From Composite Materials to Biomagnetic Diagnostics«
Chair of Inorganic Functional Materials

Prof. Dr Christine Selhuber-Unkel
Spokesperson for the “Materials for Brain” Research Training Group
Institute for Materials Science
Chair of Biocompatible nanomaterials


Professor Hermann Kohlstedt
Spokesperson for the FOR 2093 “Memristive devices for neuronal systems”
Chair of Nanoelectroncis


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Julia Siekmann
Science Communication
Research focus Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science