Leibniz Open Topics 2020

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The Leibniz Association is one of the most prominent research organisations in Europe, which goals are scientific excellence and societal relevance. With the new Leibniz Open Topics 2020 format the Leibniz Association seeks international postdocs in

life sciences.

The Leibniz Assiciation 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 oppurtunities.

Your qualifications:

  • 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
  • Your are able to present your idea in 10 minutes maximum and inspire a scientific audience
  • You have an excellent command of the English language
  • Your are currently not based in Germany

Leibniz Association – Profile

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 the 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’.

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 up to one week at a Leibniz Institute of their choice in order to explore 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 incl. abstract of your research idea and keywords
  • Outline of your research idea, three pages maximum
  • Proof of outstanding scientific achievements

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:



Your completed application must be in by 23 February 2020. Applications can only be accepted by email. Please email your application to opentopics@leibniz-association.eu
Participating Leibniz Institutes will select candidates for Leibniz Open Topics 2020. You will be informed of their decision in spring 2020.

Website: www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de/en/careers/careers-in-research/postdocs-at-leibniz/leibniz-open-topics-2020.html

Call for download: Ausschreibung_Leibniz Open Topics 2020_Section C_final

For more information please contact:

Dr Britta Nehlsen-Marten
Leibniz Association
Chausseestrasse 111
D-10115 Berlin