Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Zukunftskolleg
University of Konstanz Zukunftskolleg (100%, E 13 TV-L)


The preferred start date is March 1st, 2020. Conditionally on the submission of an external grant, the position can be extended for an additional year. In principle, the position can be divided into two half-time positions.

The University of Konstanz is one of Germany's Universities of Excellence: It was successful in all three funding lines of the German Excellence Initiative and has also been competing successfully in both funding lines of its successor programme, the Excellence Strategy, since 2018.

The Zukunftskolleg is a central research institution of the University of Konstanz for early career researchers in the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is an integral component of the university's strategy "creative.together". The Zukunftskolleg promotes interdisciplinary discourse between distinguished researchers from Germany and abroad, and provides them with the resources to conduct their research independently and free from administrative constraints. The working language is English.

The target group consists of excellent researchers at the early postdoctoral level, with leadership abilities and a capacity for teamwork, so that they can reasonably be expected to take up leading roles in academia. The applications are evaluated in a two-stage process by international reviewers. The candidates will be informed about the decision around the end of January 2020.


Your responsibilities

  • develop and implement your research project
  • build up your own research profile
  • you are expected to participate actively in the regular weekly meetings and to contribute to the Zukunftskolleg in creating a team of exciting interdisciplinary postdoctoral researchers
  • have your place of residence in Konstanz and the surroundings

Your Competencies

  • You should be in possession of a doctoral degree granted between October 16, 2017 and December 31, 2019. Earlier graduation dates can be accepted in case of maternity/paternity leave, or working contracts outside academia
  • Candidates must not hold a permanent professorship, or have a habilitation or equivalent (Venia legendi). Candidates with their own position funded by another program, which can be transferred to Konstanz, are also eligible
  • Applicants must propose a research project that ties in with a discipline represented at the University of Konstanz. Applicants should contact potential mentors (Local Hosts) among the researchers at the University of Konstanz in order to ensure appropriate affiliation. Support from a department strengthens the application
  • International experience in teaching or research, and a strong interest in interdisciplinary topics are desirable 

We Offer

  • a professional infrastructure and an appropriate workplace for conducting research
  • an individual Research Allowance
  • access to a pool for funding cooperative projects, research assistants, travel, and equipment purchases
  • funds for mutual research visits to international collaborators
  • the possibility of attracting senior research partners to Konstanz through the senior fellowship and the mentorship program
  • double affiliation to both a university department and the Zukunftskolleg
  • the opportunity to benefit from a variety of career development measures, including the University of Konstanz’s Academic Staff Development and Research Support offices
  • no teaching obligation, but an opportunity to do so in collaboration with your department at the University of Konstanz
  • an international and interdisciplinary community of peers.

All applications and supporting materials (letter of motivation, research proposal, curriculum vitae, writing sample and two letters of reference) must be submitted in English via the Online Application Platform including reference number 2019 / 155 at:

Questions can be directed to Anda Lohan via e-mail: We look forward to receiving your application until 15 October 2019, 11:00 am (Konstanz time).

Persons with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. They will be given preference if appropriately qualified (contact + 49 7531 88–4016). The University of Konstanz is committed to ensuring an environment that provides equal opportunities and promotes diversity as well as a good balance between university and family life. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to increase the number of women working in research and teaching. We also support working couples through our dual career programme ( A certificate of good conduct will be required prior to employment.


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