Early Career Researchers

Supporting early career researchers at various qualification levels is of crucial importance to MATH+, as its main objectives include top-level training of highly skilled young mathematicians for careers inside and outside of academia.


The education and support of doctoral researchers, as well as young postdocs, within MATH+ is building upon the foundation laid by the Berlin Mathematical School (BMS). In its expanded version, the BMS will be an integral part of MATH+. Its activities will be complemented by the MATH+ postdoc program, six new independent junior research groups, and by the new MATH+ career support program.

The Berlin Mathematical School provides the framework and environment for graduate education as well as for the development and support of early career researchers. As the joint graduate school of Berlin mathematics, the BMS offers


  • a uniform setting for graduate studies (from bachelor to PhD) in mathematics in Berlin,
  • a coordinated, highly diverse course program in English (Phase I, from bachelor to qualifying exams in two years),
  • access to all math research groups in Berlin for a PhD (Phase II), in particular, to the DFG Research Training Groups as well as the MATH+ research projects,
  • mentoring during the whole duration of studies, and
  • support in non-mathematical issues ranging from housing to visas and from child care to language courses.


Depending on the individual background, admission is to Phase I (typically with a bachelor) or directly to Phase II (for example, for students holding a master/diploma).

We invite excellent mathematics students from Berlin, Germany, Europe and all over the world to join BMS – and to make good use of the ample opportunities offered by the rich and diverse mathematics teaching and research environment.


Besides striving for excellence, BMS is actively pursuing the goals of internationality, gender equality and diversity: We set the explicit goal to have half of our students come from outside Germany, and to reach a 50 percent representation of female students. The BMS actively and explicitly welcomes and embraces diversity. The BMS offers an environment that is accepting, liberal, and supportive for its students, faculty and employees.

MATH+ Postdoctoral Program

The MATH+ Postdoctoral Program addresses early-stage postdoctoral researchers across all mathematical fields from around the world. They are given the opportunity to carry out their own ambitious research agenda, either within the BMS Dirichlet Postdoctoral Program or within one of the MATH+ research projects.


Being a MATH+ Postdoc helps them grow as independent researchers, helps them to create their own scientific network, and enables them to gain new experiences and qualifications for their future careers. In this respect, MATH+ provides a rich scientific environment and the means to collaborate with researchers within MATH+ and beyond.


The MATH+ postdoctoral researchers gain particular visibility in a biannual (postdoc-organized) postdoc conference coordinated with the BMS Days in February, which took place for the first time in February 2019. In addition, the postdoctoral researchers have ample opportunities to gain teaching, supervisory, and mentoring experience in the framework of the BMS teaching program – with the opportunity to obtain help, feedback, or advice, either individually from mentors on the MATH+ Faculty, or in complementary skills workshops and courses, or through events offered by the university.

Independent Junior Research Groups.

MATH+ will fund six positions for heads of independent junior research groups in application-driven basic mathematical research, in order to strengthen support for excellent young researchers who already have some years of postdoc experience, and to give them a head start in building their own research profile and group within the supportive environment of a large Cluster of Excellence.