To change the world,
just change location!

The right place at the right time: Like so many things in life, this can be pivotal for your academic career, too. Just imagine working on research projects that allow you maximum freedom and creativity to make the world a better place; interdisciplinary and international; based on partnership and cooperation; supported by a strong network of top-notch institutions. The U Bremen Research Alliance could make your dreams come true. We would be pleased to welcome you here in Bremen. Join us and discover how we can work together to best shape your career.

“A strong alliance”

“A strong university promotes strong non-university research. In turn, strong non-university research institutes enrich university development. This is the principle that underlies the U Bremen Research Alliance, in which more than 40 cooperation professorships forge links between university and non-university research. The close cooperation among partners in the Alliance creates a collaborative environment with excellent working conditions. Shared use of infrastructures, excellent service and counseling facilities, customized career development, and swift implementation of creative research ideas are the core elements of our Alliance.”  

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter
Chairman of the U Bremen Research Alliance and President of the University of Bremen


Better networked –
joining one, joining all

The U Bremen Research Alliance is at home in Bremen and Bremerhaven. In relative terms, no other part of Germany boasts a greater density of research institutions than here: The Alliance adds momentum to this bundling of competences. Its members comprise the University of Bremen – awarded several distinctions in the Excellence Initiative supported by the German federal and state governments – and ten non-university research institutes, all leaders in their field. The distinguishing features of our Alliance include excellent infrastructure and creative competence in providing solutions. We bundle our strengths, working in flat hierarchies with short communication channels and nurturing an interdisciplinary culture that offers maximum freedom of scope. That also means maximum scope for your innovative ideas.

The Alliance members

“Inspiring cooperation”

“A number of different disciplines are involved in researching and safeguarding the future of the oceans. The closer they are interlinked, the greater their sway. The cooperation professorship gives me the chance to shape the interfaces between disciplines and institutions in this direction. The cooperation between the University of Bremen and the non-university institutes in the Alliance is both fruitful and inspiring.”

Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge
Leader of the Social Sciences Section at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Bremen

A friendly place to be –
not only for research 

Where the U Bremen Research Alliance is located also makes us an attractive partner for young researchers. Bremen is not only forerunner in the development of alternative sources of energy, automotives, and artificial intelligence: It is also the most important location of Germany’s aerospace industry. The way from science to industry is a short one. Several international brands are at home here. Bremerhaven is the country’s leading center of maritime research and logistics. And while you have the North Sea on the doorstep, Bremen with its parks and green surroundings is a cyclists’ paradise. What other metropolis has such a lot to offer? The cultural scene is vibrant and varied. And an airport close to the city center facilitates worldwide mobility.

“Back to Bremen“

Dr. Robert Kun studied at the University of Szeged in Hungary. The early-career chemist came to Bremen for the first time in 2007 as a visiting researcher. Although he has experience of other renowned institutions in Europe and the USA, nothing compares to Bremen: “Fantastic place, great colleagues, excellently equipped labs.” Ever since, his greatest wish has been to return to Bremen as a postdoc. The University of Bremen’s success with its Institutional Strategy in the Excellence Initiative meant he could fulfill this ambition. Dr. Kun now leads the Cooperative Junior Research Group “Innovative Sensor and Functional Materials” – one of the seven junior research groups set up in cooperation between the University and its partners in the U Bremen Research Alliance.

Dr. Robert Kun
Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials (IFAM) and leader of the Cooperative Junior Research Group “Innovative Sensor and Functional Materials”

Outstanding – from the deep sea
up to outer space

Shedding light on deep-sea biodiversity and coastal ecosystems in the tropics, conducting atmosphere research to shed light on climate change, conceiving robots to explore distant planets – the scholars and scientists in the U Bremen Research Alliance are involved in some of the world’s most ambitious research projects. To create maximum impact, the eleven members of the Alliance join forces to formulate mutual strategies, establishing bridge and cooperation professorships, and promoting young researchers via graduate programs and innovative junior research groups. Groundbreaking institutions like the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen, projects like the Sea Ice Portal, the Deep-sea Ecology and Technology Bridge Group, or B-Human – world champions in the RoboCup soccer competition no less than five times – underscore the outstanding quality of our collaborative research: Just two of the fascinating challenges the U Bremen Research Alliance could hold for someone like yourself.

The core of research cooperation in the U Bremen Research Alliance currently comprises four of the six high-profile areas in which the University of Bremen concentrates its research efforts:

  • Marine, Polar, and Climate Research
  • Materials Science and Production Engineering
  • Minds, Media, Machines
  • Health Sciences

“You are what you eat and how you eat”:
Cooperation project I. Family

The collaborative project “I. Family” in the Health Sciences is an illustrative example of how partners in U Bremen Research Alliance bundle their strengths. In this particular case, the partners involved are the University of Bremen and the Leibniz Institute for Epidemiology and Prevention Research (BIPS). Together with other institutions in 12 different countries, these two members of the Alliance are investigating factors that determine the dietary habits of European children as well as adolescents and their parents. While BIPS was responsible for coordinating all the data collection in Germany, institutes of the University contributed above all their technological expertise. For example, the Center for Cognitive Sciences contributed its competence in computer imaging to investigate the neuropsychological determinants of children’s eating habits: And the Center for Computing and Communication Technologies at the University of Bremen supplied an interactive survey tool.