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Report | GFZ PostDoc Fellowship – New scholarship programme started

2018 GFZ Forum (photo: GFZ).

At the GFZ Forum on 25 July Onno Oncken, head of GFZ department Geomaterials and speaker of Helmholtz programme ‘Geosystem: The Changing Earth’, announced that as of this year, the GFZ offers two PostDoc positions that aim at adding to the future direction of GFZ’s research. The GFZ Forum takes place annually and discusses GFZ’s scientific orientation that is organized according to the program-oriented funding (POF) of the Helmholtz-Association.

The new positions are funded by the recently implemented Topic Innovation Fund (TIF) and will support two fellowships per call, starting once a year. The fellowships will run for a maximum duration of three years. Successful candidates are expected to perform innovative projects and to identify future fields of research within the GFZ research units. The research topic can be freely chosen but must be assigned to one of the GFZ’s research units, have an interdisciplinary approach, and be realized in close cooperation with at least two GFZ sections. These newly implemented positions are expected to improve cooperation between the single research units.

Currently, GFZ research is grouped within five central research units: Global Processes, Plate boundary systems, Earth Surface and Climate Interactions, Natural Hazards, and Georesources and Geoenergy. The GFZ sections and working groups are assigned to these research units.The units are based on the current funding period, the next period, POF IV, is about to start in 2021. Deadline for the 2018 call is 31 August 2018, the positions are planned to be filled as of November 2018. Applications may be submitted by GFZ staff as well as external interested persons that finished their PhD within the past eight years. (ak)

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