sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” (Kiel, Germany)
Understanding the ocean sustaining our future! The “Future Ocean” invites postdoctoral scientists working on the whole spectrum of ocean related disciplines to join our mission. We are convinced that recommendations for a sustainable use of the global ocean cannot be based on the findings of one discipline alone. The Future Ocean therefore strives to link different research fields to create a comprehensive picture, which allows to develop rules and policies to preserve the oceanic environment, while allowing for a responsible exploitation. We are therefore looking for the brightest researchers from classic marine science disciplines, but also ocean related fields in economy, medicine, biology, chemistry, mathematics, geology, geography, law and informatics to work together to understand the ocean, recognize related economic and social impact factors and devise solutions to sustain our future.
If you share this idea and are looking for a new research challenge, apply for the Humboldt-Future Ocean Research Fellowship and explore the Future Ocean with us.
How is research organised in the Future Ocean?
Research is grouped into two main themes: the Greenhouse Ocean andResources and Risks. Both research themes are subdivided into several research topics that were chosen to complement existing core marine expertise. We invite postdocs to either contribute to the core themes or propose new areas of research contributing to the overall thrust of the cluster.
Check out the member list to get an idea of the scope of their expertise.
Why is Kiel interesting for marine scientists?
Kiel University has dedicated itself to marine and earth sciences, making them one of its four research foci. The Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) and the University host over 500 marine scientists plus numerous researchers working on related topics in other disciplines. It is one of the biggest and most important marine science locations in Europe. About 140 of these scientists founded the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. Together with the scientific employees of this project, the Future Ocean comprises about 260 colleagues forming one of the biggest research groups in Kiel.
Where and what is Kiel?
Kiel is located in Northern Germany, at the shore of the Baltic Sea approximately in the middle between the city of Hamburg and the German-Danish border. It has a reputation as a world class sailing spot and hosts one of the biggest sailing events in the world. It therefore refers to itself as Sailing City. Kiel is host to over 100 cruise ships every summer, amounting to over 200.000 tourists from all over the world. Together with the daily ferries to and from Norway and Sweden, this creates a special international flair throughout the city.
For more information about Kiel, Germany, have a look at information about the University, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, theMuthesius Academy, the city of Kiel and the federal state Schleswig-Holstein.
Why do we work with the Humboldt-Foundation?
The answer is simple: because we are dedicated to sustainability – in the ocean, but also within education, and our research contacts. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation is an expert in connecting scientists worldwide. Every year, the Humboldt Foundation enables more than 1,900 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 23,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in 130 countries worldwide - including 43 Nobel Prize winners.
By becoming an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, you will gain more than just funding for a research project. You will become part of the Humboldt network, connecting the most excellent researchers in Germany with the most gifted in the world. We hope that these contacts will grow over the years into something that lasts longer than just a research project. Future Ocean hopes to participate in a sustainable global foundation for interdisciplinary research.
How to check if your research scope will fit in the programme
Please use the research topic page to identify the scientists in our project working most closely to your research area. You can contact possible hosts directly or, if you need any assistance, contact the administration office at the address given below.
How to apply
Do this first:
- Check which of the Future Ocean’s research topics are related to your research interests (see below).
- Contact the projects service office (see below) for more information and/or
- Contact the scientists listed with the research topic directly to evaluate possibilities of cooperation.
Some other requirements in brief:
- Doctorate or comparable academic degree less than twelve years ago
- Excellent publication record
- Research plan
- research facilities and an academic host in Kiel (contact us for assistance)
- reference letters
- Good oral and written English language skills
More detailed information can be found in the information leaflet.
For the application forms please check the website:
For further information on the Future Ocean and the Fellowship please contact the Future Ocean Administration office:
Dr. Emanuel Söding
Cluster of Excellence Future Ocean
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Tel. : +49 - (0)431 880-1604
Fax : +49 - (0)431 880-2539