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BREMEN TRAC offers two-year incoming fellowships, co-financed by the Marie Curie Program of the European Union, to excellent post-docs at an early stage in their career. The program is open to all fields of research represented at the University of Bremen. Positions are awarded competitively and come with an own research budget. Succesful applicants of any nationality complying with the rules of mobility will be able to conduct an independent research project in a highly competitive and vibrant research landscape.
BREMEN TRAC applicants can be of any nationality, but at the time of application, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Germany for more than twelve months in the three years immediately prior to the call deadline. They must have received their doctorate no later than two years ago (date of issue of the doctoral degree certificate). The detailed eligibility criteria are set out in the BREMEN TRAC guide for applicants [DOC] (144 KB).
An excellent doctoral thesis, above-average publication output, an innovative independent project proposal and a clear ability of achieving the proposed objectives are expected. A professor conducting full-time research at the University of Bremen has to explain in a detailed letter of intent how BREMEN TRAC fellows are to be integrated within the research context at the University of Bremen while at the same time maintaining a high degree of independence. The research context is also part of the evaluation.
BREMEN TRAC Fellows will receive a two-year working contract according to the German civil service remuneration system with the accordant social benefits and rights plus a monthly mobility allowance. Social security and health insurance are covered by the salary (pay grade E 13 TV-L). Beyond that, fellows receive a travel allowance once for their relocation to Bremen. In addition, a research allowance of up to 8.000 € per year depending on the project needs is offered to cover expenses for various activities, such as conference and workshop participation and/or organization, field research (in Germany or abroad) and publication costs. Fellows will have to take up work in Bremen no later than six months after call deadline.
In the years 2013 to 2015 it is intended to publish yearly calls for applications within the BREMEN TRAC fellowship program. Each call for applications will offer six two-year postdoctoral fellowships. At least 50% of the positions are reserved especially for women. The evaluation of previous achievements will take periods of child and family care into account. The University's Research Funding Committee recommends on the basis of external review and video interview suitable candidates to the Office of the University President for decision (Selection process/Timeline).
The application needs to be submitted electronically via an online application form.
Support of the hosting professor of the University of Bremen and commitment of the applicant has to be documented by the declaration [PDF] (411 KB).
Deadline for applications: 01 April 2015 at 11:59 p.m CET.