The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is a newly established program for excellent early-career scientists (up to 3 years after graduation) at Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health. Talented postdocs who are accepted into the three-year program receive 3-year fully funded postdoctoral positions and can focus on a research project in an institute of the Center. An experienced research mentor and a personal coach will create an individual career plan together with the fellows and prepare them for their next career step in scientific leadership positions. Depending on the fellow’s personal career goal, the focus will be on careers in academic research or industry.

Professional and financial assistance in acquiring external funding

In addition to a modular training program for acquiring leadership qualifications, the fellows will receive intensive support for external grant acquisition. If a fellow succeeds in acquiring a grant, he/she will receive additional funding (equal e.g. to half a technician’s position) through the program.

Support for the fellows in building up international networks

The fellows will be integrated into the institutes in international and interdisciplinary research groups. Personal travel grants will enable them to meet up regularly with international colleagues to exchange ideas and to build up international networks. In a step-by-step process, the fellows will develop their own profile and visibility in the respective field of research.


We welcome applications for the available research subjects from highly qualified and motivated early-career scientists of all nationalities who have received a doctoral degree in biological sciences, chemistry, bioinformatics, physics, mathematics, veterinary or human medicine or related life sciences within the last three years or who will receive their doctoral degree by the start of the program. For further information about the application process please consult the application overview.

We only accept complete applications submitted via our online application portal. Out of all applicants, ~16 candidates will be selected by our appointing committee for the interview days in Munich in July 2015. The decision on the admission to the program will be announced by the end of July 2015. Future fellows shall start at the Center by November 2015 at the latest. The program will begin in December 2015.