Employment at a higher education institution
Postdocs are employed by a higher education institution and generally work in research and teaching. They are often also assigned administrative duties. Their manifold tasks can include:
- Working on research or a Habilitation project.
- Holding seminars for students.
- Assisting with graduate examinations and university self-governance.
Employment at a non-university research institution
Non-university research institutions offer their own programs to support early career researchers.
The Fraunhofer Attract funding program offers outstanding external researchers the opportunity to develop their ideas into practical, market-oriented applications at an optimally-equipped Fraunhofer Institute. A maximum budget of 2.5 million Euro is available over five years to allow researchers to set up and lead their own research group.
With the Helmholtz Young Investigators Groups program, the Helmholtz Association supports young top researchers: Internationally outstanding postdocs are given the opportunity to establish their own research group at Helmholtz.
Through its Leibniz Junior Research Groups funding programme, the Leibniz Association offers talented young scientists attractive research conditions: scientific independence, competitive facilities and excellent networking opportunities. Excellent postdocs from all over the world, who have completed their doctorates withinin the last two years, are eligible to apply. In addition, female researchers can apply for the Mentoring Programme.
Max Planck Society
Under the motto "early autonomy and a budget of your own", the Max Planck Society offers various opportunities to set up your own junior research group.
The Minerva Program has the aim to increase the proportion of women in leadership positions in science through. Thirty positions are made available for female scientists with an excellent track record already conducting research at a Max Planck Institute. The scientists have an opportunity to work at a Max Planck Institute as research group leaders for five years, paving the way for management roles or professorships. Twice a year, Max Planck Institutes are invited to nominate suitable candidates, who are then reviewed by external assessors.