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Call for Applications: WiRe Fellowships for Female Post-Doc Scientists – Apply Now! Remote and on-site options available.

WiRe is a fellowship programme for international female postdoctoral researchers at the University of Münster (WWU) in Germany. Hosted by the WWU’s Welcome Centre, the WiRe programme was founded to help address the unique needs of women in research, with a special focus on female Postdocs who currently find themselves in their ‚Rush Hour of Life‘.

For more information regarding the Application Details, please visit http://go.wwu.de/wire. Applicants must be currently residing in the European Union/EFTA States/UK. The application period is open until the 15th of October, 2021.

For insight into what our Female Scientists have worked on so far during their WIRE Fellowships, please dive into our blog at www.wire-wwu.de/

Here, you get a first tiny introduction to our new fellows in 2021!

Rui: Works on smartphone usage and psychological wellbeing

Dr. Rui Sun © Dr. Rui Sun

Hi, my name is Rui Sun. I was born in China but have been living in Europe since 10 years ago. I am a social psychologist with wide research interests including smartphone usage, social media, social connections, and psychological wellbeing. For the WiRe fellowship, I will work on smartphone usage and psychological wellbeing among couples.
I got my previous postdoc training at the Department of Social Psychology, University of Amsterdam (UvA), working on positive emotion experience across cultures. Before joining UvA, I completed my PhD in social psychology at the University of Cambridge, my MRes of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, and my BS in Psychology at Peking University. 

In my spare time, I love doing all sorts of sports; my new hobby is windsurfing 🙂

Mariagiulia: Exploring EU and State responsibility beyond borders

Dr. Mariagiulia Giuffre © Dr. Mariagiulia Giuffre

Hi, my name is Mariagiulia (Giulia), I’m Italian and I work in the UK. Though I love warm weather, I have spent many years in cold countries (Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, and now Germany)!

My research? Let’s say that to limit onwards movements of migrants and refugees to Europe, the EU and its Member States have increasingly opted for a strategy based on the full externalisation of migration and border controls, mostly through dedicated financial and technical support to third countries of origin or transit in Africa. European States are also preventing arrivals by means of non-rescue or delays in the succours of migrants in distress at sea. What responsibility do States have in case of human rights violations committed beyond their territorial borders? What is the content and scope of the right to life?

Anna: Wants to know what makes a plant happy

Dr. Anna Podgorska © Dr. Anna Podgorska

I was born in Warsaw (Poland) but I went to school in Hamburg (Germany). Then I moved back to Poland and received my PhD in Biology. After a few more years of work, I’m now back for a short visit in Germany where I’m getting to know Münster. The research group that welcomed me here is called “Plant Energy Biology” which is similar to my home laboratory called “Plant Bioenergetics” and therefore joining our powers together makes sense. These terms also reveal my research interests, which are based on the energy that drives metabolism including redox chemistry, oxidative stress and intracellular signaling. Here I can make use of specific biosensors to get insight into what is actually happening in vivo in plant tissues.

Let’s say I can trace what a plant is feeling or if it is stressed. Based on changes in redox state, I want to know what is the preferred source of nitrogen to feed to a plant. If a researcher is using the wrong nitrogen fertilizer, a lot can go wrong; its metabolic disturbances are is still not fully understood. False nitrate application causes a lot of ecological problems and can be dangerous for human health, while ammonium leads to plant growth suppression. In the end, everything comes down to maintaining sustainable agriculture.

Fun fact: I know how plant metabolism works on an organelle scale but I can’t help you with your Monstera turning yellow, and can’t make your tomatoes produce more fruits.  

Debdatta: Works on building the world’s thinnest optics

Dr Debdatta Ray. © Dr Debdatta Ray

I am Debdatta Ray and I am Indian by origin. My life seems like “Comedy of Errors” as I am continuously mistaken for a guy since my name is similar to both genders!! 

Nevertheless, similar to my native country, my academic career boasts of diversity as well. I started out my Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering in Kolkata, situated in the eastern part and the 3rd largest metropolitan city in India. I continued to do my Master’s in Photonics at the Indian Institute Of Technology, Madras (IITM), a city on the coast of the Bay of Bengal. During this time, I had my first interaction with Germany as I had spent 7 months at the University of Stuttgart in DAAD Exchange Scholarship. For my PhD, I moved to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, a country also known as “heaven on Earth”. 

My research aims to build the world’s thinnest optics!! I work on patterning hundreds of micrometer sized area with nanometer sized structures and investigate the effects as light of different colours fall on them. This requires very special environment called “clean room” where the air is almost dust free. 

In the series“33 questions” we introduce, in no particular order, our WiRe Fellows who are currently working on a research project here at the University of Münster. Why 33? Well, if we think of the rush hour of life, it is kind of the age that lies in its middle. And we also like the number😉.

In today’s episode we are speaking with Dr Yamina Saheb, climate mitigation scientist and passionate lover of architecture.

The Gold Medal goes to …

Over the last few months, our Fellows have been busy working on videos that showcase their research and research projects. This has taken us into new territory and we are totally thrilled by the results! In our first WIRE Science Video Pitch, seven Fellows participated and presented their fantastic videos. Even though we think all the videos are great, the audience was pretty unanimous that three videos were particularly impressive. Of course, we don’t want to withhold the winning videos 🙂

*Drum Roll* …

The Silver Medal goes to …

Over the last few months, our Fellows have been busy working on videos that showcase their research and research projects. This has taken us into new territory and we are totally thrilled by the results! In our first WIRE Science Video Pitch, seven Fellows participated and presented their fantastic videos. Even though we think all the videos are great, the audience was pretty unanimous that three videos were particularly impressive. Of course, we don’t want to withhold the winning videos 🙂

*drum roll* …

Over the last few months, our Fellows have been busy working on videos that showcase their research and research projects. This has taken us into new territory and we are totally thrilled by the results! In our first WIRE Science Video Pitch, seven Fellows participated and presented their fantastic videos. Even though we think all the videos are great, the audience was pretty unanimous that three videos were particularly impressive. Of course, we don’t want to withhold the winning videos 🙂

*Drum Roll* 3rd Place goes to …

“In the series “33 questions” we introduce, in no particular order, our WiRe Fellows who are currently working on a research project here at the University of Münster. Why 33? Well, if we think of the rush hour of life, it is kind of the age that lies in its middle. And we also like the number😉.

In our today’s episode we speak to Dr Kornélia Baghy, molecular biologist and expert in the field of cancer research.

… and Sophie needs more help! Last week we’ve learned that our Fellow Leyre was able to explain to ‚Sophie‘ how the use of sunlight within photocatalyst processes may help against global warming. The ‚Ask Sophie‘ team receives lots of exciting questions on science topics every day. Now a new question came up and another WiRe Fellow was able to help answer it: in this week’s post, we share Carla’s insight regarding the question: How do we know what’s inside the earth?

Sophie with her Owl from the „Frag Sophie“ project came up with a question about the mysterious interior of our planet

Have a look at Carla’s answer:

Last week, our Fellow Leyre was approached by the team of WWU’s „Ask Sophie!“ who needed help answering a question about the best possible use of sunlight – for instance in the fight against global warming: On the website „Ask Sophie“, interested citizens can ask questions about scientific topics. ‚Sophie‘ tries to answer these questions with the help of scientists at the WWU. We are happy that WiRe Fellow Leyre was able to give an insight on how chemists may help fight the climate change by developing photocatalytic materials that use sunlight to improve a variety of industrial and non-industrial processes. Have a look at Leyre’s insight: