Independent,
but not alone

Why do young researchers feel so much at home with us? The ambitious research projects they can participate in are only part of the story. Just as important are the many customized offers of career development available to them in the Alliance. For example, joining a Cooperative Junior Research Group at the interface between the University and its non-university partner institutes is the perfect way to launch an early-researcher’s career. Research assistants and staff of partners in the U Bremen Research Alliance can work towards their Ph.D. in the University Faculties and Graduate Schools or on a number of doctoral programs. They have the opportunity to gain experience in university teaching as well as to participate in the many training measures offered by the University’s Graduate Center, BYRD. The junior research groups, bridge and cooperation professorships open up exciting prospects. Independent, but not alone: The Alliance gives you every opportunity to establish the interdisciplinary and international contacts you need to advance your career.

Support measures for Ph.D. students and postdocs offered by Bremen Early Career Researchers Development (BYRD)

  • Ph.D. programs and Graduate Schools
  • Cooperative Junior Research Groups
  • Bridge Professorships
  • Cooperation Professorships

“Networked, and taking the lead”

The deep sea, climate change and its consequences for the oceans and Polar Regions are her main research interests. Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius is a shining example for a research career in the Alliance. The widely acclaimed polar and deep-sea researcher and winner of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize was and is active for various partners of the Alliance. She is a professor for Geomicrobiology in the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Bremen, leader of the Bridge Group for Deep Sea Ecology and Technology that spans the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology and the Alfred Wegener Institute as well as Deputy Director of the MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at the University of Bremen. In November 2017, she takes over as Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute.

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and a professor in the Faculty of Geosciences at the University of Bremen

“Young careers in the Alliance”

The U Bremen Research Alliance offers young academics excellent framework conditions to forge their career path. Geoscientist, Dr. Juliane Müller, is a typical example. The University of Bremen awarded her a doctorate for her path-breaking dissertation on sea ice concentration, which won 2nd prize in the 2012 German Thesis Award. Following an interim period at the Alfred Wegener’s Research Institute in Potsdam, she moved to the Institute’s headquarters in Bremerhaven, where she now leads a Helmholtz Young Investigator Group. The close cooperation in the Alliance between the University of Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute made it all possible.

Dr. Juliane Müller
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)

Poor in hierarchies,
rich in opportunities

Whatever the challenges you set yourself – the Alliance will keep the path open for you. We believe in the power of scientific creativity and imagination. Red tape and hierarchal mentality are alien to us. In all the institutions belonging to the U Bremen Research Alliance, you will find a work environment that allows free rein for your ideas. This is the prerequisite for successful research and achieving results. The boundaries between partners in the Alliance are fluid. Taken together, the labs and technical equipment at your disposal in the Alliance are second to none in the world.

“A wealth of experience to share”

“Time for individual counseling takes priority in the Alliance. My Ph.D. students know my door is always open. I consider it a privilege to share my experience and expertise with them. Beyond this, the Alliance offers various programs to support the career development of young researchers.”

Prof. Dr. Bernd Mayer
Leader of the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) and a professor in the Faculty of Production Engineering at the University of Bremen