Opportunities for Early Career Researchers

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With more than 39 000 young scholars pursuing research in more than 150 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, the EPICUR alliance contributes significantly to the advancement of early career research in Europe. In order to harness and enhance the energy and innovation of this community, EPICUR seeks to build a network for the early career researchers of its nine partner universities. As a first step in building this network, EPICUR will use its web and social media platforms to share resources and opportunities for early career researchers across the alliance from within the alliance, by amplifying Calls for Papers and Calls for Applications, sharing relevant events and job opportunities, pooling resources and connecting like-minded researchers.

Visit our website regularly for interesting updates and feel free to share any information you may deem relevant for Early Career Researchers within EPICUR. If you would like to contribute, just send an email to: contact@epicur.education

Opportunities & Events offered by the Alliance & Its Partner Universities

EPICamps are virtual, interactive events aimed at young scientists from the EPICUR alliance in order to create a space for exchange, collaboration and academic matchmaking between scientists from different disciplines and areas.



Opportunity for PostDocs (4-6 year post PhD) from the Helmholtz at KIT : https://www.helmholtz.de/en/research/current-calls-for-applications/article/helmholtz-young-investigator-groups-call-2021/

Selection procedure

The KIT can nominate up to four candidates; the procedure is therefore multi-stage:

Short applications submitted through the Young Investigator Group Template (https://www.for.kit.edu/int_downloads_und_vorlagen.php, Rubrik Sonstiges) should be sent in electronic form (PDF or Word) directly to the DE Forschungsförderung (FOR, Research Office), at the attention of Dr. Mareike Glier (mareike.glier@kit.edu) until February 27, 2022, 11:59 pm.

The following application documents must be included:

  • Curriculum vitae (with indication of scientific downtimes)
  • List of publications
  • Completed HGF-Young_Investigator_Group_Template_2022
  • Template of the proposed work program (letter of intent, max. 3 pages, see link above)
  • Letter of support from the head of KIT host institute including the confirmation of partial co-financing by the institute; confirmation of provision of the necessary facilities (including furnishings and IT); confirmation of the sustainability of the funding (permanent position after funding, if possible a professorship).

It is mandatory that applicants contact the potential head of institute in advance and clarify in particular questions regarding funding, infrastructure, and career prospects. Tenure option is to be ensured through institute or program funds. The letter of support from the head of institute should contain both a guarantee of co-financing of the Young Investigator Research Group and a declaration of the permanent position, if possible a professorship.

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