Three top women scientists receive an appointment at an NWO institute

15 December 2017

NWO has awarded three talented female scientists a WISE grant. Dr Larissa Juschkin has received an appointment at the Advanced Research Centre for Nanolithography ARCNL, Dr Kristina Ganzinger at the research institute for functional, complex matter AMOLF, and Dr Aurora Simionescu at the Netherlands Institute for Space Research SRON. With the WISE programme, NWO wants to encourage the recruitment and promotion of top women researchers at its own institutes.

NWO-programme WISE, Women In Science Excel

NWO tries to offer all talented researchers the opportunity to excel. To improve the gender balance among its own research personnel, NWO decided in 2015 to establish a tenure-track programme for female researchers at NWO institutes, Women In Science Excel (WISE). This programme seeks to recruit and facilitate the promotion of female talent, by offering them the possibility to develop an own research group or to continue such a research group at one of the NWO institutes.

The WISE programme will provide 20 tenure-track positions over a total of five funding rounds. With a tenure-track appointment, researchers are given the opportunity to demonstrate within a certain period of time that they are good enough to be given a tenured appointment at a university or research institute. Last year NWO awarded the first - four- researchers a WISE grant.

NWO received 63 applications for this year's WISE funding round. A broadly composed international assessment committee, chaired by professor Vinod Subramaniam (VU Amsterdam), advised awarding a WISE position to three candidates. The NWO executive board accepted this advice and made the funding available so that ARCNL, AMOLF and SRON can appoint the candidates.

Dr Ganzinger comes from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich. At AMOLF she will use biophysical and system biology techniques to study the physics principles of complex information transfer and processing in the immune system.

Dr Juschkin is currently an assistant professor at RWTH Aachen University and group leader at the Forschungszentrum J├╝lich, Germany. At ARCNL she will carry out research that will contribute to new lithographic techniques that will be used for the production of computer chips. She will focus on the production of extreme ultraviolet light, the introduction of holographic masks, and measurements that are extremely sensitive to types of atoms.

Dr Simionescu is currently employed at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). She  investigates  the evolution of the universe. At SRON she wants to use observations of cosmic x-rays to determine how the universe converts gas into stars and how the stars produce and disperse the chemical elements needed for the existence of life.

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