Bridging Postdoc Digital Earth

– Call for proposals for a postdoc project in the framework of Digital Earth –

Earliest possible start date July 1st, 2019


Interested in working on your own research project in a multidisciplinary data science environment?

The Digital Earth Project offers funding for up to two years; you will be hosted at one of the participating Earth and Environment Research centres of the Helmholtz Association (see the list of centres below). The current call is open until NEW Deadline  5th April 2019. Applicants will be informed until April 23, 2019 by the latest. A preselection of candidates will be invited to join the Digital Earth Annual Meeting that will be held from 20 to 24 May, 2019 (detailed information will be announced soon) in order to present the individual project. The attendance in the meeting of the preselected candidates is mandatory. Final decision will be communicated before May 27th, 2019 with July 1st, 2019 as the earliest possible start date.

What we are looking for:

Your proposal is on cutting edge research complementing our research on Data Science within our work package themes to Smart Monitoring Design; Data Exploration Framework; Sustainable Collaboration; and the Evaluation of Success (see here for more details or download the project proposal). Please consider that the overall concept of Digital Earth is to enable a holistic view on the Earth System as a whole, so your project should clearly indicate this approach.

What we offer is:

A total of 10 postdoctoral projects with duration of one or two years can be funded. Each project has to be conducted in conjunction with two of the Digital Earth partner centres:

Alfred-Wegener-Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven

Forschungszentrum Jülich

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Helmholtz Centre Potsdam German Research Centre for Geosciences

Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht Centre for Materials and Coastal Research

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Helmholtz Zentrum München German research Center for Environmental Health

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Postdoc Projects: The regular weekly working hours are those of a full-time employee within the salary equivalent to TVöD-Bund salary scale (details need to be discussed with the mentoring Helmholtz centre).

Requirements: Proponents must have completed their doctorate before the start of the contract. The project must be conducted at one of the above mentioned eight centres as host centre with at least one additional Digital Earth centres as partner to foster a close cooperation between the cooperating centres. Additional partners as universities, governmental agencies, or research institutes can come from Germany or other countries in Europe or abroad.

Start of the Funding: Between July 1st, 2019 (as the earliest start date) and May 31st, 2020 (as the latest start date).

End of Project: Latest May 31st, 2021.

Evaluation criteria for proposals:

60% scientific/technological quality of the proposed project,

20% match to the Digital Earth aims

20% sustainable impact on earth system science

Selection Process: See background information as well as details for proposal preparation and submission at

Please submit your application with contents as required via email to Dr. D. Henkel dhenkel(at) (one pdf file) until 5th April 2019 indicating the keyword “Briding PostDoc Digital Earth”.


Please inform yourself on the Digital Earth webpage ( ), where you can also download the proposal of the Digital Earth Project.

If you have an idea what you want to investigate, develop but do not know a specific mentor yet, please contact one of the Digital Earth Steering Group members and ask for guidance or advice.

If you do not know which centre to contact and have more general questions, please contact dhenkel(at)


Please find below detailed information to download:

Digital Earth Bridging Postdoc general information

Digital Earth Bridging Postdoc rules for application

Digital Earth Bridging Postdoc Summary Sheet