Call for proposals to the Central Research Development Fund

The aim is to enable advanced postdocs to conduct their own independent research projects in an optimally conducive environment, network in their respective scientific communities, and pave the way for professorships. Moreover, the Personnel Development Bureau at the University of Bremen offers a range of customized offers to train a broad spectrum of personal skills.

WHO CAN APPLY? Postdocs from Germany and abroad who received their doctorate at least one year and at most four years prior to the application deadline (date of the doctoral degree certificate). Be aware: It is not possible to apply for both funding lines ZF 03 "Temporary positions for postdocs" and ZF 04 "Independent projects for postdocs" at the same time. Scientists who have already been funded by a ZF 03 position may only apply for ZF 04 "Independent projects for postdocs" if they successfully secured external subsequent funding for their own position. This third party funded project has to be completed until the start of the new ZF 04 position.

WHAT CONDITIONS HAVE TO BE MET? An above-average publication output, an excellent independent project proposal and a high potential to achieve the objectives of the funding line (the evaluation of previous achievements will take periods of child care into account). A professor conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen has to support the application and submit a detailed letter of intent on how the candidate will be integrated into the local research community at the University of Bremen while at the same time maintaining a high degree of independence. The integration into the local research context is also part of the evaluation.

FUNDING CONDITIONS: Postdoc positions are paid up to E 14 TV-L for 48 months. Additionally, there is an allowance of up to € 6,000 per year to cover costs, e.g. student assistants, publications and international mobility. The funding also includes offers for personnel development and support in writing grant proposals. Research stays abroad are permissible up to nine months. The full postdoc position comes with a teaching load of one class per semester (two hours per week).

PROCEDURE: Applications (together with a letter of intent from a professor who is conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen) can be submitted once a year to the University of Bremen. The University's respective Research Funding Committee recommends on the basis of external review suitable candidates to the University’s Rectorate for decision. The three available positions are shared between the natural and engineering sciences and the social sciences and humanities. At least 50% of the positions are reserved for women.

Deadline for applications: 1 April 2017 at noon CET.

Guide for Applicants [DOC] (112 KB) Declaration [PDF] (440 KB)

Online Application Form

Criteria for the Assessment of Applications

The Research Funding Committee and the Rectorate of the University of Bremen will decide on your application based on the following criteria.

1. Applicant's Qualifications

  • Contribution of doctoral dissertation to development of the research field
  • Outstanding publication activity (quality, quantity, and significance, taking peer reviewed publications into account as well as sole and first authorship, inasmuch as relevant for the field)
  • Networking skills and experience of cooperation in the scientific community (for example, research sojourns in other countries, international cooperation projects, the organization of conferences, edited works)
  • Leadership and management experience or recognizable potential (including gender and diversity competence)
  • Prizes and other awards for academic achievement

2. Quality of Project

  • Originality and quality of project
  • Convincing reference to the "state of the art" in the research field
  • Convincing argumentation for the line of research/hypotheses
  • Convincing preparatory work/previous experience
  • Purposeful selection of methods/procedures and feasibility
  • Comprehensive and realistic work and time schedule together with adequate financing plan
  • If applicable, special significance of the project (e.g. socio-political, regional, relevance of transferability)
  • Suitability of project for the applicant's advancement within the context of the funding objectives (qualification for a professorship, networking in the scientific community)

3. Integration within the Research Environment of the University of Bremen

  • Integration in the research group/institute (thematic fit with the research area)
  • Innovative content and individuality of the project idea within the context of the hosting research area
  • Potential for the development of cooperation with the hosting research area
  • Availability of prerequisite infrastructure /equipment 



Timeline of Application Procedure