1. Purpose and Background

With the vision of “Making Discoveries for Humanity and Society,” the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) was founded in 2011 by the Korean government to promote basic science in Korea. To date, IBS has 31 Research Centers and each Center has been yielding outstanding results in various research fields.

The IBS “Young Scientist Fellowship” started in 2016 to play an active role in fostering the next generation of basic science leaders. We believe this Fellowship offers junior scientists opportunities to conduct independent research by utilizing state-of-the-art infrastructure and to grow on the basis of research collaborations with leading researchers.

We hope that the Fellowship serves as a stepping stone for our researchers to mature into leading researchers in basic science.

2. Eligibility

  • Within 7 years of obtaining a Ph.D. (obtained no earlier than 1 January 2013) or under the age of 40 with a Ph.D. (born no earlier than 1 January 1980)
    ※ Ph.D. candidates must be conferred with a Ph.D. degree no later than 28 February 2021.
  • Current IBS researchers are eligible to apply, if they meet the above criteria.

3. Hiring Research Centers and Number of Openings

FieldCenterCityNo. of openingsBudget
MathematicsMathematical and Computational Sciences
(Pioneer Research Center)
Discrete Mathematics GroupDaejeon1KRW 150 mil./year
Data Science GroupDaejeon1
Theoretical physicsTheoretical Physics of the UniverseDaejeon1
Theoretical Physics of Complex SystemsDaejeon1
Experimental physicsCorrelated Electron SystemsSeoul1KRW 300 mil./year (up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields)
Underground PhysicsDaejeon1
Axion and Precision Physics ResearchDaejeon1
Quantum NanoscienceSeoul1
Exotic Nuclear StudiesDaejeon1
Relativistic Laser ScienceGwangju1
ChemistryMultidimensional Carbon MaterialsUlsan1
Life sciencesCognition and Sociality
(Cognitive Glioscience Group)
RNA ResearchSeoul1

※ The final number of openings may change depending on the circumstances of IBS.

4. Benefits and Conditions

  • Full-time work and 100% research participation in principle
    ※ If successful candidates have been also selected for another institute’s research project (e.g. Sejong Science Fellowship, Young Researcher Program of National Research Foundation), their selection may be cancelled.
  • Annual budget of KRW 150–300 mil. per year, including salary of KRW 60–70 mil. (up to KRW 150 mil. for theoretical fields and up to KRW 300 mil. for experimental fields)
  • Appointment for three years with a possible two-year extension depending on the performance review results
    ※ When current IBS researchers are selected as a Young Scientist Fellow (YSF) of their Center, support will be offered for up to three years. Please refer to the FAQ for details.
  • After physically relocated to one of the IBS Centers, YSFs will conduct independent research by utilizing research facilities and equipment of the Center. YSFs may organize a small research group.
  • Selected YSFs must be appointed and commence their research within 2021.
    ※ If their appointment and research commencement processes are not completed within 2021, their selection may be cancelled.

5. Selection Process: Three Phases

  • Letter of Intent (approx. 3 pages)
    1. 1. Submission deadline: by 13 December 2020
    2. 2. Review by directors and evaluation panel members
    3. 3. Invitation to submit full proposals: by 15 January 2021
  • Research Proposal (approx. 10 pages)
    1. 1. Submission deadline: by 14 February 2021
    2. 2. Review by directors and evaluation panel members
    3. 3. Invitation for an on-site interview: by March 2021
  • Interview
    1. 1. On-site interview and presentation: in March 2021
    2. 2. Comprehensive review by evaluation panel chairs
    3. 3. Announcement of YSFs: by late April 2021

6. How to Apply: Apply via the IBS website at http://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf/apply by 13 December 2020 (KST).

7. Inquiries: Talent Acquisition and Development Team at ysf@ibs.re.kr or IBS homepage at https://www.ibs.re.kr/ysf

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