Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups

In brief

Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups offer outstanding junior researchers early independence and the opportunity to set up and lead their own research group under excellent conditions at a Helmholtz Centre. Leaders of Helmholtz Young Investigator Groups are offered a long-term career perspective and tailored leadership training. They work closely with a university partner and have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and the qualifications for a professorship. Young Investigator Groups are funded in all research fields of the Helmholtz Association:Energy, Earth and Environment, Health, Information, Matter, and Aeronautics, Space and Transport.

Who can apply?

Postdocs who

  • have substantial international research experience
  • have outstanding academic achievements
  • completed their doctorate between 2 and 6 years ago

Type and extent of funding

Funding amounting to a minimum of 300,000 euros per year, including expenses for materials, supplies and investments as well as work contracts for the group leader and for scientific or technical staff (3 on average). Half of the funding comes from the hosting Helmholtz Centre, the other half is provided by Helmholtz. The salary of the group leader (generally based on the collective agreement for public sector employees) is currently approx. 4,500 to 6,500 euros per month gross.


5 years with an option of a permanent position in case of a positive evaluation.


Candidates must apply directly to the respective Helmholtz Centre. You will find details of the application procedure and the application forms on the programme website (see link below). The deadline for applications will be published on the programme website (see link below).

Jobs at the Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Research Centres cover a wide range of research fields and also operate large research infrastructures. Vacancies at all Helmholtz Research Centres – including positions for postdocs – are published on the Helmholtz Association's job vacancies page.

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