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Externally funded Junior Research Group Leaders (f/m/d)

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Germany (DE)
external grant and financial start-up support package from iDiv
Closing date
1 Jan 2024

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Earth Science, Environmental Science, Life Science
Job Type
Postdoctoral, Researcher
Employment - Hours
Full time
Fixed term

Startup support for Junior Research Group Leaders - Your external research grant with iDiv as host

Are you an excellent researcher (f/m/d) with a ground-breaking research idea in the field of biodiversity?

iDiv Halle-Jena-Leipzig – as one of the globally leading research centres for biodiversity change – invites you to work in our world class research environment.

We offer you the opportunity to start your own externally funded group at iDiv. We are addressing early-career scientists (f/m/d) who have applied for a grant, or are planning to do so, and seek a home institution for establishing their own group.

At iDiv you will work in a vibrant community of like-minded scholars addressing some of the major biodiversity-related issues of the future. Moreover, you will receive financial support to set up a lab with facilities, personnel and a running budget. As a diverse and inclusive workplace, we care about you and do our best to support you to do great science. You can benefit for example from our welcome centre for internationals, our flexible childcare or our career development offers. We especially encourage proposals from female researchers.


Your potential host

The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig is a National Research Centre funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Its central mission is to promote theory-driven synthesis and data-driven theory in this emerging field. The iDiv concept encompasses recording biodiversity, understanding its emergence, exploring its consequences for ecosystem functions and services, and developing strategies to safeguard biodiversity under global change. Located in Leipzig, it is a central institution of Leipzig University and is jointly hosted by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). It receives further support from the Max Planck Society, the Leibniz Association and the Free State of Saxony. More information about iDiv:


Our offer for support of grant proposal writing:

  • Prior to submission, candidates will have the opportunity to closely work with an iDiv member to develop a high-quality grant application (sharpen research idea, advice on budget, proofreading and quality check of draft proposals)

Our offer for successful JRGL grantees (after securing external funding):

  • Financial and administrative support as well as a JRG start-up package
  • Excellent and top-notch research infrastructure (e.g. experimental facilities, high-performance computing)
  • Opportunities to build your professional network within our consortium
  • Opportunities for teaching and student supervision at yDiv and the participating universities
  • Access to a competitive internal research funding
  • Career development support such as training in supervision and individual coaching


Your Profile:

  • You are expected to perform innovative biodiversity research matching iDiv´s program and mission, and complementing existing research with novel interdisciplinary ideas
  • You should already have been successful in raising independent funding for your own position and/ or research group or are planning to do so (e.g. Emmy Noether Programme (DFG), ERC Grant, BMBF Junior Research Groups, Heisenberg-Programme or Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Sofja Kovalevskaja Award) 
  • You must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) in a related field and preferably have some experience as an postdoctoral researcher
  • You have an excellent scientific track record, demonstrated by several publications in international peer-reviewed journals

iDiv is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive community that collectively supports and implements our mission to do great science. We welcome, recruit, develop and advance talented staff from diverse genders and backgrounds.

Your application should contain:

  • Statement about your planned research project and how this project matches with current iDiv research (max. 2 A4 pages), please also indicate your current status of grant application
  • Information about your desired support package from iDiv
  • CV and your publication list

Applications should be submitted online via by 1 January 2024.

If you have questions, please don`t hesitate to contact Prof. Henrique Pereira by email (

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