Postdoc an der TU Darmstadt

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 Qualification Courses for Postdocs Career Bridging Grants Ingenium Support Package Ernst Ludwig-Mobilitätsstipendium

'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days

The ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days were designed to ensure the best possible conditions to start your career at TU Darmstadt. To attract the best young research talents worldwide and create a vibrant international scientific community, ‘Future Talents’ invites exceptional young researchers from abroad to visit TU Darmstadt and discover our broad range of research and career opportunities.

Future Talents is guided by the understanding that the decision for a postdoc and an academic career is a deliberate choice. Therefore, the programme offers a chance to convince yourself of the excellent research conditions at TU Darmstadt on-site. During our Postdoc Career Days you will meet scholars of your field face-to-face and learn more about the research projects and prospects relevant to you. The application and selection process guarantees the matching of candidates, professors and research groups at TU Darmstadt in accordance to respective future career options in your field.

Become a TU Future Talent and visit one of Germany’s top universities of technology!

The ‘Future Talents’ Postdoc Career Days take place from May 13 – 16, 2019.


Who can apply?

You can apply for our 'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days if you are:

  • an international Ph.D. student in the final stage of your doctorate
  • or a postdocs at an international university (up until two years after your doctorate)
  • and if your previous research and research interests are relevant to our research activities or our research profile

What we offer

  • a scientific programme
  • a travel grant of up to € 1.000 per person
  • free accommodation during the event
  • a cultural framework programme introducing the city of Darmstadt and its region

Please hand in (as one PDF file)

  • application form 'Future Talents'
  • letter of application, in which you summarize your motivation, competencies and research interests as well as congruency with one of the research areas at TU Darmstadt
  • letter of reference
  • graduation certificates (copies)
  • Ph.D. certificate or proof of Ph.D. submission/ statement from your supervisor that the Ph.D. will be completed within the next 6 months
  • certificates/ proof of scientific excellence (publications, awards, scholarships)

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:

  • congruency with research areas at TU Darmstadt
  • scientific excellence (publications, awards, scholarships)

Next steps

We are looking forward to receiving your application until February 1st, 2019.

Please send your application electronically as one PDF file to:

Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt Technische Universität Darmstadt

Karolinenplatz 5

64289 Darmstadt

'Future Talents' Short-term Scholarship

As a supplementation to our 'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days, participants are entitled to apply for a short-term scholarship allowing for an extended stay at TU Darmstadt. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend of € 1.700 for 3 to 12 months.

Eligibility requirements are:

  • participation at 'Future Talents' Postdoc Career Days at TU Darmstadt
  • an invitation by a TU Darmstadt research group
  • a written statement from the respective research group to the selection committee describing the applicants’ congruency with the research group
  • a delineation of future perspectives at TU Darmstadt

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.

Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt

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 candidates and postdocs at TU Darmstadt, Ingenium proffers a professional skills programme and regularly organises 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.