Equal Opportunities Office

Dorothea Schlözer Postdoctoral Programme for Women (Postdoctoral Positions)


The Dorothea Schlözer postdoctoral programme for women is addressed to female scientists and scholars in their early postdoctoral phase and is intended to contribute to counteracting the attrition of women across all disciplines from postdoctoral research and to promote female scientists and scholars on their way to a leading position in science. It replaced the Dorothea Schlözer scholarship programme in 2017.

As part of the programme, the university advertises two positions plus one position in the Faculty of Medicine (TVL-13, full time, for 2 years) each year, which are awarded to female postdoctoral researchers. The positions serve to promote independent research on the basis of a submitted project outline and to prepare a grant application for external funding. This also includes the development of an independent research profile and the expansion of the competences necessary for the scientific career path. The job holders are supported by offerings for professional orientation and career development.

The positions at the university are advertised alternately for female postdoctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences, and the natural and life sciences. The upcoming call for proposals in January 2019 is aimed at female postdoctoral researchers in the natural and life sciences.

Eligible for funding are preferably female postdocs in their first postdoctoral phase who are planning or carrying out a research project at the University of Göttingen or the UMG (University Medical Centre Göttingen). The completion of the doctoral procedure should have taken place no more than 3 years before the time of the application. If the degree was obtained a longer time ago, an application is not excluded, however the candidate has to explain why she is to be associated with the first postdoctoral phase. Periods of maternity and parental leave or times of caring for relatives are taken into account.

The postitions are advertised each January and filled in October.

The posts are awarded by the Presidential Board on the recommendation of a selection committee. There are part-time and extension options for female researchers with care responsibilities (children, care of relatives).

By accepting the grant, the position holder agrees to report regularly on her research progress, to use qualification opportunities (in particular the Dorothea Schlözer career coaching and mentoring programme) and to participate in evaluation measures. There is also a teaching obligation of 4 weekly lecturing hours (research-oriented teaching linked to the project or teaching that usefully complements their own teaching portfolio).

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