Dr. Gesa Schönberger

Managing Director

+49 6221 – 533 200

Independent Postdoc Program

Think beyond the limits!
Have you got an ambitious research idea that you want to pursue in your postdoc? Do you work with computational methods in the natural or mathematical sciences? Then HITS is the perfect environment for the next step in your research career.
We invite you to apply for the

HITS Independent Postdoc Program
The HITS Independant Postdoc ​Program offers a great opportunity for highly talented young scientists wanting the transition from PhD student to junior group leader. It supports young scientists in exploring their own ideas and testing new hypotheses. High-risk, high-gain projects are encouraged. Selected postdocs will collaborate with group leaders at HITS while developing and pursuing their independent research projects.

What we offer:
The HITS Independent Postdoc Fellowship is awarded for 2 years, with an option for a 1-year extension after positive evaluation.
We offer a vibrant research community and a highly interdisciplinary and international working environment, with close links to Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
In addition, successful candidates benefit from outstanding computing resources, and various courses offered at HITS. A competitive salary and relocation and childcare allowances are provided.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a doctoral degree or an equivalent academic qualification at the beginning of the fellowship.
  • Application is open to candidates up to 3 years after completion of their PhD at the application deadline. This limit can be extended in the case of documented career breaks, e.g. due to parental leave.
  • The candidate has not carried out research at HITS previously.

Application Material:

The annual call for the Independent Postdoc Program is announced on the 1st of October. Applications must be submitted by the 30th of November. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview. The results are expected to be announced in February.  

Please send us your CV and a letter of motivation answering the question “How would I benefit from doing research at HITS?”. In addition, a short project proposal (2 pages) is required. Please ​provide contact details of two referees.
Incomplete applications and applications that have not been submitted via the online system will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact:

Switch to the German homepage or stay on this page