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Lise Meitner Award Fellowship

Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellowship for Excellent Women in Computer Science

The Max Planck Institute for Informatics is inviting applications for the 2014 Lise Meitner Award. The Lise Meitner Award Fellowship is awarded once every two years by the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics to attract and support excellent female postdoctoral scientists in their careers. Besides a tax-free two-year research fellowship, Lise Meitner scholars receive a budget for travel and other work-related expenses.

Fellows will be chosen based on the strength of their academic background and research credentials. Applications should include a resume, cover letter, publication list, short research plan (one page is enough), and two references.

Send applications before November 15th 2013 via email to

About the Max Planck Institute for Informatics

The Max Planck Society is Germany's largest society for fundamental research with more than 30 Nobel Prize winners, including Prof. Christiane Nuesslein-Volhard - one of the few female Nobel Laureates. The research institutes of the Max Planck Society have a national and international reputation as Centers of Excellence for foundational research.

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Informatics is devoted to cutting-edge research in computer science and technology with a focus on algorithms and their applications in a broad sense. The research ranges from foundations (algorithms and complexity, automation of logic) to a variety of application domains (computer graphics and vision, geometric computation, program verification, database systems and internet search, and computational biology).

The MPI for Informatics is located on the campus of the Saarland University in Saarbr├╝cken, Germany. The campus of the Saarland University is also home to the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction, the Center for Bioinformatics, and the Graduate School of Computer Science. These institutions cooperate closely and comprise a total of more than 300 researchers in computer science. The institute collaborates with several of the major research institutions in Europe and the U.S. and has high international visibility.

The MPI for Informatics strives to provide a family-friendly work environment with options for day care of smaller children and other means of support for working mothers.

A brief history of the Lise Meitner Award

2010 recipient: Anke van Zuylen

Anke van Zuylen graduated in 2008 with a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University. Afterwards she stayed for two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Computer Science, in Bejing, China. She then spent two years at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbr├╝cken, in the Department for Algorithms and Complexity. Currently Anke van Zuylen is an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics department of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, United States. Her research interests are in the design and analysis of approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems arising in areas such as information science and network design, using techniques from mathematical programming.

2012 recipient: Anna Adamaszek

Anna Adamaszek obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2012 at the University of Warwick, UK. She joined the Department for Algorithms and Complexity of MPI-INF in September of 2012. Her main research areas are approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems, in particular for geometric problems, and online algorithms.

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