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Miller Research Professorship
Terms in Academic Year 2016-2017
(Open to Berkeley Faculty Only)

*NEW & REVISED PROGRAM*

Applications: - Opening in MAY -
Deadline for Applications: September 17, 2015

The Advisory Board of the Miller Institute welcomes faculty from the University of California Berkeley engaged in research in basic science to submit an online application for a Miller Professorship term in the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of the Miller Professorship is to allow members of the U.C. faculty the opportunity to pursue new research directions. Appointees are encouraged to follow promising leads that may develop in the course of their research effort whether or not they fall within the original research outline. Applications are judged competitively. It is our goal to award between five to eight awards annually.

Eligibility:

Miller Professorships are available only to members of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley campus. It is also required that research be conducted on the Berkeley campus. Applicants who are not members of the Berkeley faculty should seek affiliation with and a nomination through an academic department at Berkeley for the Visiting Miller Professorship Program.

*For appointments beginning in 2016 please note the revisions to the Miller Professorship Program. Applicants will have two options available to them: with teaching and without teaching.

Terms of Appointment:

A Miller Professorship appointment is for the full academic year, beginning July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

OPTION ONE: WITHOUT TEACHING

  • Miller Professors will retain their academic appointment in their home department, but will be placed on a modified status relieving recipients of teaching obligations during the appointment term. Awardees are expected to devote full time and effort to basic research.
  • Miller Professors may opt for full release from campus service by agreeing not to accrue sabbatical credit while serving as a Miller Professor. If an awardee prefers to accrue sabbatical credit, an appropriate level of campus service will be negotiated with the home department.
  • The Miller Institute will provide course buy-out funds directly to the home department chair. In 2016-17 this amount will be $30,000.
  • The Institute will provide an unrestricted research fund of $10,000 to each awardee to be used at the Miller Professor's discretion.
  • Miller Professors are expected to participate in the "Miller Community" by attending the weekly Tuesday lunch talk series, the Fall and Spring annual dinners and the annual June symposium. They are encouraged to attend other social functions as they arise, such as the bi-weekly get-together at the Faculty Club and other events.
  • Miller Professors will host at least one luncheon for Miller Fellows to stimulate interaction between the two programs.
  • It is not appropriate for Miller Professors to give more than one or two outside lectures during the term of their professorship, nor is it appropriate to accept other employment.
  • As the Miller bequest requires that research be performed on the Berkeley campus, extended absences from campus should not be planned for the term of the appointment. Travel to meetings of learned societies, to the extent appropriate during a normal academic term, is permitted.
  • The Miller Institute office must be notified of absences away from campus, as is required of all faculty members.
  • Appointees will submit a Report to the Miller Institute in a timely manner after the conclusion of the term.

OPTION TWO: WITH TEACHING

  • Miller Professors will retain their academic appointment in their home department.
  • Miller Professors will maintain their regular and expected teaching and campus service load.
  • The Miller Institute will provide an unrestricted research fund of $30,000 to each awardee to be used at the Miller Professor's discretion.
  • The Miller Institute will provide department chairs with an unrestricted administrative fund of $10,000.
  • Miller Professors are expected to participate in the "Miller Community" by attending the weekly Tuesday lunch talk series, the Fall and Spring annual dinners and the annual June symposium. They are encouraged to attend other social functions as they arise, such as the bi-weekly get-together at the Faculty Club and other events.
  • Miller Professors will host at least one luncheon for Miller Fellows to stimulate interaction between the two programs.
  • It is not appropriate for Miller Professors to give more than one or two outside lectures during the term of their professorship, nor is it appropriate to accept other employment.
  • As the Miller bequest requires that research be performed on the Berkeley campus, extended absences from campus should not be planned for the term of the appointment. Travel to meetings of learned societies, to the extent appropriate during a normal academic term, is permitted.
  • The Miller Institute office must be notified of absences away from campus, as is required of all faculty members.
  • Appointees will submit a Report to the Miller Institute in a timely manner after the conclusion of the term.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants will be asked to upload the following information into the online application:

  • Biographical Information
  • Research Proposal of 1-3 pages (pdf), including a brief description of the applicant's motivation to join the Miller Institute community and participate in the Institute's events.
  • CV (without publications) (pdf)
  • Abbreviated Publications List: a self-selected list of the top 10 most representative publications on Google Scholar, Thomson Reuters, or any other discipline-specific metrics of interest/impact, AND all publications in the last 3 years.
  • A list of 4 references (at least three from outside of UC Berkeley) who will be contacted directly through the application system to provide feedback on the proposed research.
  • The online system will automatically solicit an endorsement from your department chair. Be sure to enter the email address your chair prefers to use for departmental business.

Description of Research Program:

According to the Deed of Gift, the Miller Institute is to be "dedicated to the encouragement of creative thought and the conduct of research and investigation in the field of pure science... and investigation in the field of applied science in so far as such research and investigation are deemed by the Advisory Board to offer a promising approach to fundamental problems". A research proposal meeting these guidelines should be between one and three pages. Please put your name on the research proposal and number the pages. While it should be detailed, it need not be extensive. The research proposal will be transmitted to the references provided on the application for evaluation during the competition. The proposal should include a brief description of the applicant's motivation to join the Miller Institute community and participate in the Institute's events. The research proposal and evaluations by the references will be reviewed by members of the Executive Committee and Advisory Board in their consideration of all applicants.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARDS:

Candidates will be notified of the results in December.


*NEW & REVISED PROGRAM*

Applications: - Opening in MAY -
Deadline for Applications: Thursday, September 17, 2015


If you encounter problems with the online system, please contact the webmaster at: miller_adm@berkeley.edu

Program questions can be directed to Kathryn Day by phone at 642-4088 or by email at: millerinstitute@berkeley.edu

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