Career and Education

In the coming years the need for scientifically and technically trained workers in Germany will rise sharply. According to the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, promoting young scientists will therefore be of paramount importance. Through targeted measures Helmholtz Zentrum München supports scientists at various stages of their careers.

The promotion and advancement of young scientists is a top priority for Helmholtz Zentrum München. This is a prerequisite – also in the future – for making important contributions to health and environment research. We make attractive offers to graduate students, postdocs and junior group leaders. Our strategy focuses on the international recruitment of excellent staff, followed by targeted measures to promote career advancement.


In spring 2014, the international Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was established for the targeted promotion of postdocs at Helmholtz Zentrum München. Talented junior scientists receive fully funded positions for 3 years to focus on their research projects, professional assistance in acquiring external funding, as well as support in career development, and in building up international networks. Thereby, the fellows will be prepared for their next career step towards scientific leadership positions in academic research or industry. All postdocs at the Center have access to individual elements of the PFP on demand. Contact person is the coordinator of the postdoc program.

Furthermore, regular career seminars for graduate students and postdocs give an overview of career opportunities within and outside science and research. Human Resources Development offers tailor-made training courses, individual consultations that may include potential analyses or professional coaching.

To the website of the PFP

To the website of the postdoc program

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