Helmholtz Investigator Groups

In brief

Helmholtz Investigator Groups offer internationally outstanding postdoctoral researchers early independence and the opportunity to set up and lead their own research group under excellent
conditions at a Helmholtz center. Leaders of Helmholtz 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. 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 amounts 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 center, the other half is provided by Helmholtz.


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


Candidates must apply directly to the respective Helmholtz center, which can be contacted throughout the year. Further information about the programme and the link to the current call can be found on the 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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