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.