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Topics 2020 - Postdoc Research and networking opportunity
Take the stage – find strong scientific partners in Germany to pursue the
Sustainable Development Goals
The new Leibniz Open Topics 2020 format is aimed at international postdocs in the
The Leibniz Association will invite a selected number of highly qualified international postdoctoral researchers to Berlin, where they will present their innovative research ideas for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Selected candidates will meet top scientists from the Leibniz Association to establish valuable contacts for future collaboration and gauge career opportunities.
You are a highly qualified postdoctoral researcher with an outstanding doctoral degree
You completed your doctorate no more than 5 years ago (child-raising and care periods are credited as two additional years)
You have come up with an innovative research idea that can help reach the Sustainable Development Goals
You are able to present your idea in 10 minutes maximum and inspire a scientific audience
You have an excellent command of the English language
You are currently not based in Germany
Interdisciplinarity, sustainability and promotion of promising researchers are three of the guiding principles of the Leibniz Association. Leibniz researchers are among the best in the world in the fields of life sciences. The institutes within our Life Sciences section focus on the following key areas: biodiversity, infection and inflammation, lifestyle, environment and healthy aging, bioactive compounds and biotechnology. They pursue a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to investigating the complex interrelationships between the individual disciplines. For instance, some of the research topics of the Leibniz life sciences institutes are related to the Sustainable Development Goals 'Good health and well-being', 'Climate action' and 'Life on land'.
Send in your application briefly describing your innovative research idea. Selected candidates will be invited to the Leibniz Headquarters in Berlin, all expenses covered. Meet the most high-profile researchers in your field. The exchanges will focus on sharing ideas and gauging potential cooperation and funding opportunities. You will find many of our institutes in the metropolitan regions of Hamburg, Central Germany and Berlin/Brandenburg and also in other parts of Germany. You can find a list of all the institutes here.
What can you expect?
Leibniz Open Topics 2020 allows you to present your next research idea to first-class researchers from the life sciences. Stand out, showcase your research idea and make new contacts with outstanding institutes. Successful candidates will be offered an exploratory stay of up to one week at a Leibniz Institute of their choice in order to gauge future cooperation possibilities. The programme will also include a top keynote address, information about funding opportunities and a coaching session on how to prepare successful applications.
Required application documents
Detailed CV with a list of publications
Transcript of doctoral certificate (PhD), possibly provisional certificate
Letter of recommendation from a university professor or a senior researcher
One-page motivation letter
Cover sheet (pdf) incl. abstract of your research idea and keywords
Outline of your research idea, three pages maximum
Please send the cover sheet, your CV and attachments as three separate PDF files. Maximum file size 10 MB. The PDF file names should follow this format:
Lastname_Firstname_CV.pdf and Lastname_Firstname_documents.pdf
Your completed application must be in by 23 February 2020. Applications can only be accepted by email. Participating Leibniz Institutes will select candidates for Leibniz Open Topics 2020. You will be informed of their decision in spring 2020.
Who we are
The Leibniz Association is one of the most prominent research organisations in Europe with a total budget of 1.9 billion euros. The 96 independent research institutions within the Leibniz Association employ almost 20,000 staff dedicated to knowledge- and application-oriented research. Our goals are scientific excellence and societal relevance. We practise cooperative science and interdisciplinarity through Leibniz Research Alliances and Leibniz ScienceCampi.