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Press release: Funding for international research projects

Nr. 41/2018 - 15.02.2018

DAAD funds three P.R.I.M.E. postdoctoral researchers at Göttingen University

(pug) The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is funding the stay of three international postdocs at Göttingen University. The scientists will spend a year and a half working with a cooperation partner at the University on an international research project of their choice. This includes a twelve-month research stint at another foreign university. Funding is provided under the DAAD programme "Postdoctoral Researchers International Mobility Experience (P.R.I.M.E.)". Twenty-five out of as many as 300 applications were selected in the current round.

"We are very pleased to welcome three P.R.I.M.E. fellows to Göttingen University this year," says Professor Hiltraud Casper-Hehne, University Vice President of International Affairs. “Promoting young talent is an integral part of our internationalisation strategy. We offer our fellows the best possible conditions for conducting their research projects. Of course, they will also receive support from our new Welcome Centre serving the Göttingen Campus and the region of Southern Lower Saxony.”

Literary scholar Dr. Jurrit Daalder received his doctorate from Oxford University last year. In Göttingen, he will be conducting research on three American essayists of the Midwest at the Department of North American Studies in collaboration with Professor Andrew Gross. His project is entitled "Straight from the Heartland: New Sincerity and the American Midwest.” He will complete the one-year international phase of the programme at Columbia University in New York.

Dr. Jan Engelmann most recently worked at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, where he also completed his doctorate in 2015. Among other things, he dealt with the question as to how chimpanzees and children build relationships of trust. His research project is entitled "The role of friendship in cooperation: A comparative and cross-cultural developmental approach“. His research associate is Professor Hannes Rakoczy from the Georg-Elias-Müller Institute of Psychology. Engelmann will spend the international phase of his programme at Yale University in the USA.

Particle physicist Dr. Vincent Theeuwes was most recently employed as a postdoctoral fellow at the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he worked on calculations to improve theoretical predictions for measurements at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. He will be working together with Professor Steffen Schumann at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Göttingen and the Commissariat à l'Énergie atomique Saclay in Paris on "Improving Strong Coupling Fits Through Use of Jet Substructure Techniques".