"The Future Ocean" calls for your research project proposal

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, starting no later than November 1, 2017.

The call is open until May 10, 2017.


The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" is a network of researchers from eight faculties of Kiel University, three research institutes - GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), as well as the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) 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.

You can find our current thematic areas and respective contacts here.

We offer: Funding for postdoctoral projects to be conducted in Kiel, Germany

"The Future Ocean" offers a multidisciplinary environment in marine research with experts from a wide range of scientific areas, excellent research facilities and support particularly for early career scientists within the network of Integrated Marine Postdocs (IMAP).

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

We recommend to contact "The Future Ocean" researchers in Kiel to discuss your project before submitting a postdoc proposal.

Requirements: Proponents must have completed their doctorate before July 2017. The project must be conducted at a host institution in Kiel.
Submission Deadline: May 10, 2017
Start of Funding: Between August  15, and November 1, 2017.
End of project: No later than October 31, 2019.

Please see the rules and application forms for details on how to submit your proposal

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, 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 project 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 postdoc-projects@futureocean.org. Only complete applications that arrive until May 10, 2017 will be taken into consideration.