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; Aeronautics, Space and Transport; Key Technologies; Matter.
Who can apply?
- 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 the Helmholtz Association. The salary of the group leader (generally based on the collective agreement for public sector employees) is currently approx. 4,500 to 5,500 euros per month gross.
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 with the upcoming call for applications in January 2019.