Postdoctoral researchers

After their doctorate, KiNSIS offers researchers from the nano, surface and interface science research various support options. This helps to enhance the individual research profiles of young scientists and to strengthen KiNSIS' research goals in the long term.

Calls for funding support junior researchers in trying out unconventional, 'out-of-the-box' research approaches, implementing their own interdisciplinary projects, or gaining international experience. There are regular exchange formats and peer-to-peer consultations for junior research group leaders. Outstanding international postdocs can gain further interdisciplinary qualifications within KiNSIS through a qualification programme organized by Kiel University.

With the nomination by a KiNSIS member, postdocs can also become members of KiNSIS. That enables them to submit further funding applications, participate in events and contribute to the development of the research focus.


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© Julia Siekmann, Uni Kiel

KiNSIS Early Career Support Programme

With its Early Career Support Programme, KiNSIS supports postdoctoral researchers in their scientific careers (KiNSIS Early Career Award), in the development of their own research profiles (KiNSIS Micro Proposals), and in increasing their international experience (KiNSIS Research Stay Grants). Applications are open to postdoctoral researchers from the working group of a KiNSIS member or from within the KiNSIS research areas with a fixed-term employment contract or a W1 professorship without tenure track. The funds must be spent within one year (by 01 May of each year).



Early Career Award (1x 5.000 €)

  • For innovative and interdisciplinary research projects that support scientific goals and topics of KiNSIS
  • Postdoctoral researchers with a minimum of three years of postdoctoral research experience can apply themselves or be nominated by a KiNSIS member.
  • The award of 5,000 euro can be used for student assistants, travel expenses, software or consumables

Further information on the Early Career Award and application forms

Micro Proposals (4 x 2.000 €)

  • For scientific projects related to current and future topics of KiNSIS, incl. start-up projects aiming to initiate or advance joint, larger research projects (collaborative research)
  • The aim is to strengthen the individual scientific profile or collaborations
  • The awards of 2,000 euro each can be used for student assistants, travel expenses, software or consumables

Further information and application forms

Research Stay Grants (4 x 2.000 €)

  • For a research stay at an institution abroad 
  • The aim is to enhance the mobility of young researchers, their visibility and their personal network in the scientific community

Further information and application forms

Application details:

The next call for applications is expected to be published at the end of 2023.

Next application deadline: 01 April 2024


KiNSIS Junior Research Group Leaders Network

The KiNSIS Junior Research Group Leaders Network offers a low-threshold communication platform for junior researchers. On the online learning platform OLAT and during regular face-to-face and online meetings, the junior research group leaders discuss challenges from the perspective of junior researchers. They also initiate scientific collaborations and interdisciplinary projects and support each other, for example with the submission of funding proposals. The network was founded in 2021 on the initiative of the two junior spokespersons of the KiNSIS Board, Dr-Ing. Alexander Vahl and Junior Professor Huayna Terraschke.

To the group in the online platform OLAT



Jun.-Prof. Dr. Huayna Terraschke
+49 431 880-2402


Dr.-Ing. Alexander Vahl
+49 431 880-6232 

KiTE – Qualification programme 'Kiel Training for Excellence'

KiTE – Kiel Training for Excellence is an innovative qualification programme for postdocs. It offers outstanding junior researchers from all over the world (KiTE Fellows) attractive opportunities to further develop their career perspectives at an international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral level at the Kieler Förde.
Mentors integrate KiTE Fellows into one of the four interdisciplinary research foci of Kiel University – life sciences (Kiel Life Science, KLS), marine sciences (Kiel Marine Science, KMS), nanosciences and surface science (Kiel Nano, Surface and Interface Science, KiNSIS) as well as in the focal area Societal, Environmental and Cultural Change (SECC). The KiTE programme is located at the Postdoc Center at Kiel University.

To the KiTE website





Dr. Nadezhda Kakhro
KiTE programme management
+49 431 880-6973