The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme promotes the advancement of talented international researchers. Its unique feature is that it gives excellent female scientists the opportunity to shape their own scientific ambitions. This programme is aimed at women in academia, research institutes or industry who have a PhD. It offers a tenure-track position leading to a full professorship in a top European research university.
Features of the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship
- Tenure track position of 5 years or senior position
- Substantial start-up package
- Develop your own research line
- Participate in curriculum of department
- Mentoring programme
- Dual-Career Support for partners
About the Rosalind Franklin Fellowship
To promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution, the UG has initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme. The programme is co-funded by the European Union (2014-2019) and primarily directed at women who have a PhD and aim for a career towards full professorship at a European top research university.
The unique feature of the programme is that it gives excellent female scientists the opportunity to shape their own scientific ambitions.
Our university aims at being an inclusive and diverse open community. This means, among other things, that we strive for more women in higher scientific positions. The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is important in contributing to this goal. The programme has attracted more than 120 fellows since its foundation in 2003.
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About University of Groningen
About Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge by the age of 26. Her research at the laboratory of Kings College London contributed significantly to the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Double Helix theory
Franklin used X-ray crystallography in her research, whereas her colleague Wilkins used molecular methods. At the same time, Watson and Crick at the University of Cambridge were trying to discover the structure of DNA using a theoretical modelling approach. When they became aware of the results of Franklin’s experiments and saw her X-ray photos (unbeknownst to Franklin), they realized that they had empirical evidence for their theory of the double helix.
A shining example
Unfortunately they did not credit her in their publications. Franklin died of cancer at the age of 37, probably as a result of inadequate radiation safety measures. Had she survived, she would have undoubtedly been one of the most renowned female scientists of her generation in Europe. Today her work is a shining example to young, brilliant female academics who are interested in a career in science.