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Mathematics Münster at the University of Münster, Germany, is seeking to fill up to 10 positions for

Postdoctoral Research Associates (Wissenschaftliche*r Mitarbeiter*in, salary level E 13 TV-L, 100%)

to commence at the earliest possible date and no later than October 2024. Positions are available in all mathematical fields related to the work being undertaken at the Cluster of Excellence Mathematics Münster: “Dynamics – Geometry – Structure”.

We are offering the fixed-term full-time positions (100% FTE) for 3 years. Some of the positions are funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), for example through the Collaborative Research Centre “Geometry: Deformations and Rigidity” or a Leibniz prize, and some are funded by the University of Münster’s mathematical institutes, for example the Chair for Applied Analysis. The financial terms of the positions remain consistent regardless of the funding source. The main selection criterion is academic excellence.

Your tasks:

  • Establish your research profile in our stimulating research environment
  • Contribute independent scientific research related to the Cluster’s research areas
  • Actively engage in Cluster activities such as interdisciplinary exchanges and networking opportunitie

These positions are intended to support the pursuit of further qualification for an academic career. Successful candidates may be required to teach up to 4 hours per week during the semester depending on the source of funding.

Our expectations:

  • A strong doctorate in mathematics or a related field is required.
  • Research interests and a proposal for your own research project that align with at least one of Mathematics Münster’s research areas are required. Projects that foster links between our existing research areas are also encouraged.
  • Outstanding scientific achievements evidenced by, for example, a doctorate with honours, publications, awards or similar are expected.
  • A high degree of independent scientific work and the ability to work collaboratively in a team is expected.
  • A high level of ambition for, commitment to and enjoyment in scientific work is expected. - Good English communication skills are required. German language skills are not a requirement.

Advantages for you:

As a member of the Mathematics Münster Postdoc Programme you will be a vital part of the international research community within the Cluster of Excellence. You are encouraged to establish your research profile in our stimulating research environment, amongst internationally renowned mathematicians, and benefit from the career development opportunities designed to foster your scientific independence. Guidance in your academic endeavours is provided by a mentor chosen from among the professors of the mathematical institutes.

You will profit from the amenities of the Cluster by, for example, receiving financial and organisational support for

  • Conference travel, attendance at summer schools, networking opportunities and soft skill workshops
  • Hosting guest researchers, for both short collaborations and longer stays within our Young Research Fellow Programme
  • Organising academic events, for example as part of the Young Mathematicians Conference Network (YMCN)
  • Support regarding family matters, e.g. parent-child rooms, temporary child care, travel support, and dual career opportunities

Furthermore, the University offers infrastructural support for and workshops on a diverse range of topics such third party funding and professional training for your career development.

Application documents:

Applications should contain

  • A cover letter, CV, copies of degree certificates (doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s) and a publication list
  • A research plan associated with one or two of the Cluster’s research areas
  • Applicants who have not yet completed their PhD are required to include a two-page outline of their dissertation project including their results up to now
  • A nomination for at least one potential mentor listed as an investigator from an associated research area at Mathematics Münster

Please also arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to by the referees before 1 May 2024.

The University of Münster strongly supports equal opportunity and diversity. We welcome all applicants regardless of sex, nationality, ethnic or social background, religion or worldview, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. We are committed to creating family-friendly working conditions.

We actively encourage applications by women. Women with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered unless these are outweighed by reasons which necessitate the selection of another candidate.

If you have any questions, please contact Please also consult our answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the application proces.

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 2024-05-01. via our online application form at: Please note that we cannot consider other application formats.

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Reference number: 2024_03_29

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