Postdoctoral Research at Mathematics Münster

Establish your own research profile in our stimulating research environment amongst internationally renowned scientists and benefit from the career development opportunities to foster your scientific independence.

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

Postdoctoral Research Associates
Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in
(salary level TV-L E 13, 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 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 opportunities

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 among the professors of the mathematical institutes.
You profit from the amenities of the Cluster, including 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
  • Organisation of 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 as 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 doctorate 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 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. Part-time options are generally available if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

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 process.

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application by 1 May 2024
via our online application form
below (please note that we cannot consider other application formats):

Application Postdoc position 2024 (spring)

We tried to make this application form as precise and terse as possible. Before contacting us with questions regarding the application process, please consult our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Personal information
First name:
Last name:
Date of Birth (
If other, please specify (optional):
English speaking:
German speaking:
Desired starting date and duration:

Contact information
Email address:

Current Affiliation:
Current Position:

Date and institution of PhD
(Expected) Month/Year of PhD graduation:
PhD Institution:

Research area
Research area 1:
Research area 2 (if applicable):


Please name one investigator of the Cluster of Excellence as mentor with whom you would like to be associated. If you wish, you can name further investigators as potential collaborators.

The named investigators will be asked to review your application.

Investigator / Mentor:
Investigator 2 (optional):
Investigator 3 (optional):
Investigator 4 (optional):


Please upload your application as one single PDF-file (max. 100 MB).
The file should include cover letter, CV, and academic records (diplomas and transcripts). Please also attach a list of publications, a research plan and a thesis summary or outline of the dissertation project comprising the results up to now.

Please make sure that the PDF contains the following documents and check the respective box. Note that the application PDF cannot be exchanged after submission.
Cover letter:
Academic records:
Thesis summary or outline (optional):
List of publications:
Research Plan:
Application (PDF):

Care time

The University of Münster and the Cluster of Excellence are family friendly employers and implement various measures to increase compatibility of family and career. We value, in particular, time devoted to childcare or care of relatives. At the applicant's discretion, such periods can be mentioned in the CV in order that they be taken into consideration when the application is reviewed.

Letters of recommendation

Please arrange for at least two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to before 1 May 2024. We can only accept letters directly sent by the referees to
Please state below the name and affiliation of the persons you have asked to provide letters of recommendation.
Name, affiliation of referee 1:
Name, affiliation of referee 2:
Name, affiliation of referee 3 (optional):
Name, affiliation of referee 4 (optional):

Additional comments (optional):
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