Science Drive 2014/5 – Next Generation: Which Russian Postdocs will Work with Nobel Laureate Geim in The UK?

The Skolkovo Foundation, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and Skolkovo Open University (OpUS) announce the next phase of Science Drive: the 2014-2015 application and selection process.

The program is aimed at supporting the professional development and research initiatives of talented young Russian researchers who specialize in experimental condensed matter physics. Applicants who will be selected for the program will have the opportunity to join research projects led by world renowned scientists and researchers, including Nobel laureates. The winners for 2014 -2015 will travel to Manchester where they will work for two years under the leadership of renowned physicist and Nobel laureate Andre Geim – then return to Moscow to work at Skoltech. 

For the program’s 2014 pilot, an expert panel chose physicist Anastasia Tyurnina, a graduate of the Physics Department of Moscow State University. Tyurnina is slated to start working with Skoltech in September 2015.

The university’s Center for Quantum Materials along with Skolkovo Open University (OpUS) will manage the application and selection process.

Key dates and timeline:

December 15, 2014 – Candidates’ application deadline 
January – February 2015 – Presentations and interviews with the finalists by the Expert Panel. 
February 15, 2015 – Announcement of two winners. 
April – August 2015 – Paperwork and UK visas. 
September 1, 2015 – Beginning of work on research project at the University of Manchester.

Think you have what it takes to work with Sir Andre, who’s the first scientist ever to have won both the Nobel and the Ig Nobel? Start by reading here about the possibilities – and requirements.

After you’ve read and understood all relevant information, please send your application to: 


* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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