Interested in working on your own research project in a multidisciplinary marine science environment?

The Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ offers funding for up to 20 postdoc projects in Kiel, Germany. Projects will be funded for up to two years. The call is open until May 10, 2017.

‘The Future Ocean’ has a strong basis of ten years of integrative research. The unique partnership within the Cluster comprises the Center for Interdisciplinary Marine Sciences (KMS) at Kiel University (involving eight faculties) and its core ocean research partner GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, as well as the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the Leibniz-Information Centre for Economics (ZBW), the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design.

The Cluster’s mission is to use the results of multidisciplinary research to predict the future of the Earth’s marine environment and to engage in developing solutions in support of sustainable ocean development. This includes understanding changes to the past and present ocean as well as the interaction between society and the ocean in regard to marine resources, services and risks. This Mission carries with it an obligation to develop and assess scientifically-based global and regional ocean governance options, including their legal, economic and ethical aspects. The Cluster uses innovative and suitable means to exchange its findings with the international scientific community, stakeholders, decision makers, civil society and the public at large. The Cluster also forms a hub for networking, knowledge exchange and co-design to develop integrative approaches to limit and transform human activities to safeguard key marine ecosystem functions and services.

We ask for:

Your proposal on cutting edge research complementing our research areas.

We offer:

Funding for postdoctoral projects to be conducted in Kiel, Germany.

Postdoc Projects: A lump sum (100 k€ /year to be flexibly allocated between salary and research money) may be granted for up to 2 years.

Requirements: Proponents must have completed their doctorate before July 2017. The project must be conducted at a host institution in Kiel.

Start of Funding: Between August 15, and November 1, 2017.

End of project: No later than October 31, 2019.

See background information as well as details for proposal preparation and submission at


Evaluation criteria for proposals

  • 50% scientific quality of the proposed project,
  • 30% strategic match to the Cluster aims (Thematic areas as well as inter- and transdisciplinarity),
  • 20% excellence of the proponent taking into account differences in the various disciplines (e.g. natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, medicine, et al.).

Selection Process

The selection process has two stages. Proponents will be notified by May 18, 2017 about the outcome of the first evaluation stage. Finalists will be invited to present their projects at the Future Ocean Project Conference in Kiel taking place from July 3-6, 2017. Final decisions will be based on the merit of the proposal and how well it fits into the overall Future Ocean research strategy.

Please send your research proposal via email to [email protected]. Only complete applications that arrive until May 10, 2017 will be taken into consideration.


By Tanzia Islam

Tanzia Islam is an admin of BSAAG, learn german and this is a volunteer work from her side for the Bangladeshi community. She is also an admin of Free Advice Berlin. Her volunteer activities are related to educational development, city development and environmental protection. Tanzia is a freelance writer and researcher. Currently she is a doctoral researcher at Technical University of Berlin.

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