Young Researchers

At the IOER, doctoral candidates, postdocs and habilitation candidates find a stimulating environment and a structured programme for the support of young scientists based on an in-house agreement. Regarding doctoral candidates, there is a close connection between the support scheme for employees of the IOER, on the one hand, and the support programme of scholarship holders of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS), on the other. The promotion of postdocs is based on specifically created positions enabling them to independently further their scientific careers. Support and expected performance are stipulated in an individual target agreement. As the most flexible instrument, the support of habilitation candidates is also enshrined in an individual target agreement, which is coordinated with the professor supervising the dissertation.

Support given to doctoral candidates

  • Six-monthly discussions on the state of work with an advisory commission
  • Regular support and mentoring by a senior researcher
  • Participation in the Autumn School of the DLGS and the IOER
  • Discussion of the doctoral project at the IOER doctoral candidates’ forum
  • Guidance towards doctoral candidate status (start-up support)
  • Payment of expenses (equipment, official trips, etc.)
  • Support for attending meetings and conferences
  • Participation in training programmes (seminars, colloquiums, etc.)
  • Financial support for the final stages of study and follow-up support

The IOER offers various positions for doctoral candidates including those allowing the candidate to focus entirely on the doctorate. The doctoral candidates of the IOER nominate a speaker to represent their interests in conjunction with a speaker chosen by the scholarship holders of the DLGS.

Support given to postdocs

Postdocs can hold the internally funded positions for two years. A third year can be awarded following a successful evaluation. The postdocs are integrated into the research areas of the IOER and are granted a certain degree of freedom regarding their line of research and the use of funding. This enables them to optimally develop their scientific interests and strengthen their research profile. The individual support encompasses a range of measures including help in publishing, acquiring third-party funding, networking and teaching experience. The postdocs are also engaged in the promotion of the doctoral candidates.

Further information:


Tieza Mica Santos
Doctoral candidates' representative
DLGS, ABS Haus 116, August-Bebel-Str. 30, room 07-009
Phone: +49 (0)351 463 42348


Constanze Zöllter
IZS Görlitz
Doctoral candidates' representative
Phone: +49 3581 7924792


Dr. Gerd Lintz

Doctoral studies commissioner

Phone +49 351 4679 227