Research Fellow / Postdoc Network IMAP

The Integrated Marine Postdoc Network (IMAP) within the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’ is a vibrant network of scientists on non-permanent positions whose expertise ranges from early career scientists to experienced researchers working on temporary contracts for 10 years or more. All IMAP members are associated members of the Cluster and engage in the diverse disciplines of marine sciences in Kiel, Germany – in natural, social and medical sciences, computing, economics, law and the arts.
Postdoctoral research in the Cluster is independent and project-driven aiming at inter- and multidisciplinary approaches with the overall objective of improving ocean system understanding, determining past, ongoing and future ocean changes, as well as their interaction with society with regard to marine resources, services and risks.


The mission of IMAP is

to provide researchers post doctorate working in marine sciences in Kiel, Germany, with an inspiring and empowering environment for interdisciplinary research thereby increasing the awareness and attractiveness of Kiel as a hub in marine research, nationally and internationally


  • maintaining an active network of postdoctoral researchers in marine sciences in Kiel including alumni
  • communicating and addressing the needs of postdoctoral researchers
  • supporting the career development of young researchers
  • helping to establish a performance-based career advancement pathway at Kiel University and nationwide


Members & Coordination

IMAP currently encompasses more than 120 members who are represented by two elected co-speakers and maintain regular formal and informal meetings and retreats. All coordination and strategic development is taken care of by a professional coordinator.
All associated members of the Cluster working on temporary contracts at institutions in marine sciences in Kiel, Germany are eligible to join IMAP (By-laws, pdf); an application form for associated membership in the Cluster can be downloaded here (pdf)


Meike Stumpp Representative IMAP Tel.: +49 431 880-4193
Morelia Urlaub Representative IMAP Tel.: +49 431-600-2638
Jörn Schmidt Representative IMAP Tel.: +49 431 880-5632
Timm Schoening Representative IMAP Tel.: +49 431 600-2320