Leibniz Open Topics 2020

The Leibniz Association is one of the most prominent research organisations in Europe, whose goals are scientific excellence and societal relevance. With the new Leibniz Open Topics 2020 format the Leibniz Association seeks International postdocs in life sciences.

The Leibniz Association will invite a selected number of highly qualified international postdoctoral researchers to Berlin, where they will present their innovative research ideas for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Selected candidates will meet top scientists from the Leibniz Association to establish valuable contacts for future collaboration and gauge career opportunities.

Your qualifications:

  • You are a highly qualified postdoctoral researcher with an outstanding doctoral degree
  • You completed your doctorate no more than 5 years ago (child-raising and care periods are credited as two additional years)
  • You have come up with an innovative research idea that can help reach the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Your are able to present your idea in 10 minutes maximum and inspire a scientific audience
  • You have an excellent command of the English language
  • You are are currently not based in Germany

What can you expect?

Leibniz Open Topics 2020 allows you to present your next research idea to the most renowned scientists in your area of research. Stand out, showcase your research idea and make new contacts with outstanding institutes. Successful candidates will be offered an exploratory stay of up to one week at a Leibniz Institute of their choice in order to explore future cooperation possibilities.
The programme will also include a top keynote address, information about funding opportunities and a coaching session on how to prepare successful applications.

Application and requirements:

Please email your application to opentopics@leibniz-association.eu
Your completed application must be in by 23 February 2020. Applications can only be accepted by email.

Required application documents:

  • Detailed CV with a list of publications
  • Transcript of doctoral certificate (PhD), possibly provisional certificate
  • Letter of recommendation from a university professor or a senior researcher
  • One-page motivation letter
  • Cover sheet (pdf) incl. abstract of your research idea and keywords
  • Outline of your research idea, three pages maximum
  • Proof of outstanding scientific achievements

Please send the cover sheet, your CV and attachments as three separate PDF files. Maximum file size 10 MB. The PDF file names should follow this format:


Participating Leibniz Institutes will select candidates for Leibniz Open Topics 2020. You will be informed of their decision in spring 2020.

For more information please contact:

Britta Nehlsen-Marten
Leibniz Association
Chausseestrasse 111
D-10115 Berlin