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Joint Research Chair - African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)

BACKGROUND
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) is an innovative, pan-African centre of
excellence for post-graduate education, research and outreach which has achieved global recognition
since opening its first centre in South Africa in 2003 (www.aims.ac.za). AIMS centres offer a number of
educational programs including a one-year taught Master’s program and postgraduate research. Each
AIMS centre provides an intensive and broad education to over 50 African students each year and
prepares them for leadership careers in academia, governance and industry. The AIMS educational
program relies on top international lecturers who teach in a 24-hour learning environment

SCOPE OF THE POSITION
Through the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the AIMS-NEI secretariat
has secured funds for a Joint Research Chair, which in a five-year period can position the AIMS centres
in Ghana and South Africa as world-class mathematical science research hubs. The objectives of this
research chair position are three fold:
1. To act as a catalyst to strengthen and grow the current AIMS network research programs;
2. To position AIMS research centres as centres of excellence globally;
3. To contribute towards capacity building of AIMS alumni, positioning them as the next
generation of African researchers actively involved in Africa’s socio-economic growth through
mathematical science research initiatives.

The joint research Chair is also expected to work in partnership with a Canadian institution, spending
40% of their time at AIMS-Ghana, 40% at AIMS-South Africa and 20% at a Canadian partner institution,
to establish a mathematical-science focused research agenda which is relevant to Africa’s
development. A generous funding has been allocated for this position including funds for the recruitment
of two PhDs and two Post-doctorate fellows to support the Chair’s research activities. However, it is
expected that the proposed research program should be attractive enough to raise additional funds and
ensure its sustainability in these institutions beyond the current five-year funding period.

Organization: African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI)
Position title: Joint Research Chair
Target group: Researchers in academic disciplines with substantial mathematical science components
Category: Academic Development
Duty station: AIMS-Ghana, AIMS-South Africa and Canada
Closing date: 22nd of November 2013
Start date: As soon as possible
Application submission: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vacancy Notice # ACDEV001
URL http://www.nexteinstein.org/jobs

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