Flexpool call for postdoctoral research projects in iDiv's 3rd funding phase


The main purpose of this Flexpool call is to instigate innovative research projects that integrate across the wide expertise of the iDiv community and increase the visibility of iDiv’s “integrative” character across all member institutions. Successful projects should specifically focus on topics integrating within and across the five research areas: Biodiversity Change, Biodiversity and Complexity, Molecular Biodiversity and Adaptation, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning and Biodiversity and Society.

At first glance:

  • Available positions: at least 10 Postdoc positions
  • Components of the call: Eligibility, selection criteria, submission process, evaluation, pre-approval, recruitment, funding, supervision and support.
  • Applicants: Full iDiv members but excluding: i) all FULL iDiv members who receive iDiv funding, i.e., DFG funding and UFZ funding dedicated to iDiv core groups and central management positions, to finance scientific personnel (excluding student research assistants, e.g. Hiwis, trainees) beyond the own position ; ii) all FULL iDiv members who were successful in the Flexpool calls of 2022 and received as main PI a Flexpool funding for a PhD or a Postdoc project
  • Co-applicants: iDiv members including iDiv core professors and external scientists heavily involved in the development of the proposal (including successful project PIs in the flexpool round of 2022)
  • Selection criteria: Scientific quality (50%), Integration (50%)
  • Flexpool Evaluation Committee: Science Strategy Board (SSB) members and their deputies not included as main PI in any of the proposals. If needed, additional members or other scientists will be consulted to provide expertise.


The call includes salary (100%, E 13) for a Postdoc position for up to 2 years starting from 01 January 2024 until max. 31 December 2025, consumables, travel and publication costs. Consumables must be specified and are expected not to exceed a budget of 10 k€ per year. Exceptions must be well-justified, but approval cannot be guaranteed.

Deadlines and important dates:

  • Obligatory letter of intent submission deadline : 24 March 2023
  • Proposal submission deadline:  21 April 2023
  • SSB approval: 7 June 2023
  • Project start: starting from 1 January 2024

A Letter of Intent shall be sent to the Scientific Networks unit (flexpool@idiv.de) prior to a planned proposal submission no later than 24 March 2023 11:59 p.m. CET. Please use only the Word document provided as template.

Proposals shall be sent to the Scientific Networks unit (flexpool@idiv.de) as a single PDF-file no later than 21 April 2023 11:59 p.m. CEST. When submitting your proposal, please use only the Word or LaTeX documents provided as template. All documents mentioned in this call are available on the iDiv website. For further information, please visit the Flexpool website or contact Scientific Networks unit.

Full-length PDF-version of the call can be downloaded here.

Word template for Letter of Intent can be downloaded here.

Word template for proposals can be downloaded here.

LaTeX template for proposals can be downloaded here.

If you intend to use Overleaf, you may request the shared link via email to flexpool@idiv.de

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