Promotion of Postdoctoral Researchers


CEPLAS aims at providing its postdoctoral fellows with the best possible skills and expertise to allow them to achieve their career goals – in and outside academia.

A total of 40 postdocs participated in our program offered between 2013 and 2018. The program comprised active participation in seminar series, research area meetings, symposia and retreats of the cluster. The Individual Development Plan designed for each postdoctoral researcher, included supervision and mentoring, scientific and career development training and insights into industry.

CEPLAS provided on demand support for its postdoctoral researchers, like financial support for research stays (mobility fund) and publications, individual coaching, “helping hands” for parents and support to find child care (equal opportunity), etc.

We are currently adapting our offers for postdoctoral researchers for the new funding period.

Henning Frerigmann (Former Member of CEPLAS Postdoc Program): 
"CEPLAS offers a great network of scientists with diverse backgrounds and brings researchers from different disciplines together in order to discuss ideas and expertise. CEPLAS gave me the opportunity for a three month research stay in Japan to collaborate with excellent scientists at the RIKEN Centre."

Wilma van Esse (Former member of CEPLAS Postdoc Program):
"Within CEPLAS I explored novel approaches to study complex plant traits, in collaboration with scientists from different disciplines. This multidisciplinary environment, combined with advancing my own project and supervising doctoral researchers allowed me to develop on the scientific and personal level."

Chihiro Furumizu (Former member of CEPLAS Postdoc Program):
"Being a CEPLAS member, I could place myself in a broader perspective. This helps me to explore a career path to contribute to the global common good through basic research."

Coordinator CEPLAS Postdoc Program

Dr. Juliane Schmid
CEPLAS Juliane Schmid


+49 211 8113603

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Universitätsstraße 1

22.07, Level 01  31, Postbox 007

40225 Düsseldorf

Profile Postdoc Program

current group

  • Members: 14
  • Female Postdoctoral Researchers: 37%
  • International Postdoctoral Researchers: 93% (Brazil, China, France, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, UK, USA)
Postdoc representatives:

Rachel Denley Bowers & Uriel Urquiza

from 2013 to 2018

  • Members: 40
  • Female Postdoctoral Researchers: 65%
  • International Postdoctoral Researchers: 58% (Australia, China, Columbia, France, Greece, Italy, India, Japan, Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, USA)


Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich