The Helmholtz Association is seeking


At least € 300,000 p.a. for your group for six years | tenure track |
world class research infrastructures | high-quality management training

The Helmholtz Association is Germany‘s largest research organization. Its 18 Research Centers manage Germany‘s research infrastructure and tackle the grand challenges of society, science and industry. Helmholtz performs cutting edged research in six research fields: Energy/Earth and Environment/Health/ Key Technologies/Matter/Aeronautics, Space and Transport. It has a staff of more than 38,000 and an annual budget of about € 4.5 billion.
The Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups program offers early scientific independence to excellent researchers. The funding is at least € 300,000 p.a. for six years with an option for a permanent position in case of a positive evaluation. The group leaders receive professional skills training by the Helmholtz Management Academy and additional support measures.
Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups are generally established together with a German university partner. Many group leaders are given joint positions as professors during their funding period.
Apply if you have:
  • between 2 and 6 years of research experience after your doctorate
  • international research experience
  • an exceptional scientific record
  • an innovative research project in one of the fields of the Helmholtz Association
STEP 1: Please contact one of our 18 Helmholtz Centers. The Centers pre-select the applications and guarantee half of the funding.
STEP 2: The Helmholtz Centers nominate the selected applicants to the Head Office of the Helmholtz Association.
STEP 3: The application is subject to a scientific review process consisting of at least two written assessments and a personal presentation to an interdisciplinary selection panel in Berlin.
The Helmholtz Association is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the percentage of women in group leader positions.
More information:
For applications: 1 March 2018
For nominations by the Helmholtz Centers: 4 May 2018
Selection meeting in Berlin:
18/19 October 2018
Please contact the Helmholtz
Research Centers for the
pre-selection process.
For general questions:

Bewerbungsschluss: 01.03.2018