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Postdocs

Early-career scientists in their postdoc phase receive personalized support, often based on close cooperation between the institutes at Jülich and the universities. Centrally coordinated funding programmes help top-class researchers to take a proactive approach to planning their career paths.

Altogether, there were 300 postdocs at Forschungszentrum Jülich on 31.12.2019. The postdocs are a very diverse group, with women making up 31 % and international researchers from more than 40 countries accounting for 47 %. Various postdoc programmes provide individual funding for two or three years to further encourage scientific excellence after a promising doctoral thesis. Special encouragement is given to international exchange, which often forms the basis for further rungs on the career ladder. Jülich’s postdocs benefit from this exchange thanks to the institutes’ excellent international contacts and the strategic partnerships in place across Forschungszentrum Jülich. Postdocs are also encouraged to make use of programmes offered internally and externally.

Applying

If you are looking to work at Forschungszentrum Jülich or one of its sites after completing your doctoral degree, why not apply for a vacancy? One way of contacting us and learning more about openings for postdocs is to meet us at the various career fairs and events which Jülich attends on a regular basis.

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Job advertisements from the scientific sector for postdocs

Contracts

For postdocs, a position at Forschungszentrum Jülich offers a great opportunity to make a mark in the scientific field and to develop important skills and qualifications that will be useful in their further careers. Salaries are based on the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD).

What’s on offer

Postdocs find themselves at a crucial phase of their careers in which the course is set and decisions are made for their future career paths. Forschungszentrum Jülich offers ideal framework conditions to combine excellent research with national and international visibility. Postdocs are provided with individual support and mentored in the active planning of their careers.

Postdocs can make use of the following services and networking opportunities:

  • Career Center & Postdoc Office
  • Postdoc Association:
    Any postdocs who would like to reach out to other postdocs and take part in activities at Forschungszentrum Jülich are welcome to contact us: career-center@fz-juelich.de
  • Postdoc Mailinglist (for Postdocs working at FZ Jülich):
    PWe send postdocs working at Forschungszentrum Jülich the latest information about careers events, training courses, and anything else that may be relevant to them via our mailing list.
    You can join this list by writing an email to: postdocs-join@fz-juelich.de
  • Other national and international funding programmes

Guidelines

The general conditions for postdocs at Jülich are specified in the Guidelines for Supervising and Supporting Postdocs, which have been agreed by Forschungszentrum Jülich.

 Jülich Guidelines for Postdocs (PDF, 59 kB)

The importance of supporting postdocs with their career planning is also highlighted at the level of the Helmholtz Association, which adopted Guidelines for the Postdoc Phase within the Helmholtz Association in April 2018.

 Helmholtz Guidelines for Postdocs (PDF, 187 kB)