Athene Young Investigator

After the doctorate: Postdoc at TU Darmstadt

A postdoc is the next step after the doctorate and thus the next step in your academic career. To offer the best possible support for young researchers on their academic path, TU Darmstadt has implemented Postdoc Career Programmes, which meet the particular challenges of an early research career.

The Postdoc Career Programmes focus on four areas of support: (1) creating best possible conditions to start your career at TU Darmstadt, (2) providing financial aid in between two career steps, (3) offering a support package for special scientific purposes, (4) increasing your scientific independence and promoting your path towards professorship.

The Postdoc Career Programmes are augmented by a broad range of accompanying supportive services open to all postdocs at TU Darmstadt. These services comprise the participation in the Ingenium professional skills programme, the Ingenium career networking programme, and the Research Funding services at TU Darmstadt. On this site you will find further information on all our programmes and services tailored especially to postdoctoral researchers.

Jobs and Research Opportunities

With a focus on technology, our 13 departments represent a broad range of scientific disciplines and engineering fields. Together with our Graduate Schools, Research Training Groups, Collaborative Research Centres and Research Units they offer a stimulating and cooperative research environment for young researchers. This is where your research takes place! Browse our departments and Research programmes sites for an overview over current research projects and recruitment options. Additionally, you find a list of job vacancies on our career site. As part of our Postdoc Career Programmes, the ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days offer an alternative way to join TU Darmstadt as a postdoc and to get to know us better.

Postdoc Career Programmes

As a postdoctoral researcher you can profit from a number of support and funding programmes at TU Darmstadt. All of these programmes are tailored especially to enhance your career prospects and secure scientific autonomy.

'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days Career Bridging Grants Ingenium Support Package Athene Young Investigator

Athene Young Investigator

The Athene Young Investigator programme encourages the independence of outstanding established researchers at our institution, who pursue an academic career as a professor: The right to supervise doctoral students and a discipline-specific budget will be assigned for a maximum of 5 years.

The financing of your own and an additional PhD position at our institution is needed.


Who can apply?

Apply now, if you already reached a certain level of scientific independence (approximately two to four years of postdoc experience) and if you are striving for an academic career as a professor. Finances for your own and an additional PhD position at our institution are required.

In addition, you show

  • an outstanding PhD-thesis
  • publications with a high degree of own contribution, cooperation experience, awards, etc .
  • usually one or two years of international research experience or research experience outside of Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • teaching abilities
  • leadership and management skills

What we offer

You would be an Athene Young Investigator for 3+2 years and

  • participate in independent teaching
  • are assigned the right to supervise doctoral students and award their doctorate
  • hold a discipline-specific budget up to € 15,000 / year to your independent use (research spendings, conferences, travel expenses, professional development courses, research stays abroad including child care, assistants, publication costs)
  • get paid in EG 14 TV Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • your institute obtains € 5,000 annually for infrastructural support.

Please hand in

  • curriculum vitae (CV)
  • PhD certificate (copie)
  • publication list
  • research plan (max. 5 p.)
  • proof of scientific excellence (certificates, awards, prizes, scholarships, etc.)

Further, your institute`s manager needs to hand in additional documents.

How we select

The competitive selection process is organized by TU Darmstadt. Applications will be reviewed by an independent scientific committee representing all disciplines at TU Darmstadt and the Gender Equality Officer. The most important selection criteria are:

  • scientific excellence (publications, awards, networking, etc.)
  • academic/scientific potential
  • scientific quality of your research plan
  • supervisory and teaching skills
  • management and organisational skills

Next steps

Please submit your application until November 15, 2016. In two rounds, early 2017 and fall 2017, ten established researchers are appointed Athene Young Investigators. A quota of at least 30% of female researchers is desired. If you are selected for the short list you are invited to present your research and teaching achievements as well as your research plan (twenty minutes) followed by a personal interview (twenty minutes).

Athene Young Investigator application

Dezernat Forschung und Transfer

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Schleiermacherstraße 12

64283 Darmstadt

Athene Young Investigator contact

Barbara Solbach

Phone: +49 6151 1657118

Fax: +49 6151 1657204

Research Support

In addition to our Postdoc Career Programmes, a variety of services at TU offer information, counselling and support in all areas relating to your research.


As the umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers at TU Darmstadt, Ingenium offers information, guidance and support in pursuing academic as well as non-academic career paths. Besides functioning as a single point of contact for doctoral students and postdocs at TU Darmstadt, Ingenium proffers a professional skills programme and regularly organizes career and networking events.

Research Funding

The Research Funding Unit in the Directorate for Research and Technology Transfer provides information, advice and services related to research funding programmes and proposal writing.

Senior Scientific Advisors

Learn about the principles, tips and tricks of proposal writing from TU Darmstadt’s senior scientific advisors. The experienced and renowned professors offer individual counselling regarding proposal preparation for individual funding, e.g. to prepare a proposal for research grants at DFG or at the ERC.

Additional Services

In order to be able to concentrate fully on your research, several service institutions at TU Darmstadt help you with organizational matters relating to your moving to Darmstadt or finding family support.