The IOP – Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physics

Campus Adlershof of HU Berlin (Berlin, Germany) & IOP Zhongcuancun Beijing Campus (Beijing, China)
up to 4,500 EUR/month
March 22 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
PhD Fellowship

Call for Nominations 2021 – 2023

Join us for a two-year research program between Berlin and Beijing and apply now!

Postdoctoral fellowships are open as part of a joint physics program between the Integrative Research Institute for the Sciences (IRIS Adlershof) of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

Fellowship Program

The prestigious two-year research fellowships are intended for exceptional early-career scientists, in preparation for an independent career in research at the frontier of condensed matter physics, quantum materials, or device physics. Successful candidates will spend one year in Berlin and one year in Beijing at the research groups of their choice, supported by up to 4,500 EUR/month.

Fellows will work at the Campus Adlershof of HU Berlin and the IOP Zhongcuancun Beijing Campus. They will have the possibility to visit and interact with associated partners at the Max Born Institute, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and its Electron Storage Ring BESSY II, the Freie Universität Berlin, or the Leibniz-Institut für Kristallzüchtung.

The initial call includes the following topics and participating groups:

  • Condensed Matter Theory

Prof. Claudia Draxl, Prof. Sheng Meng, Prof. Hongming Weng, Prof. Chen Fang, Prof. Jiangping Hu, Prof. Zhong Fang, Prof. Tao Xiang

  • Ultrafast Laser Spectroscopy

Prof. Zhiyi Wei, Prof. Jianing Chen

  • Photoemission Spectroscopy and Surface Science

Prof. Norbert Koch, Prof. Tian Qian, Prof. Xingjiang Zhou, Prof. Jiandong Guo

  • Optoelectronic Devices and Quantum Transport

Prof. Emil List-Kratochvil, Prof. Thomas Schröder, Prof. Guangyu Zhang, Prof. Yongqing Li

  • Scanning Probe Microscopy

Prof. Juergen P. Rabe, Prof. Carlos-Andres Palma, Prof. Kui Jin, Prof. Shuheng Pan, Prof. Hongjun Gao

  • Quantum Information

Prof. Oliver Benson, Prof Tao Xiang, Prof. Li Lu, Prof. Heng Fan

  • Electron Microscopy

Prof. Christoph T. Koch, Prof. Xuedong Bai

A full list of participating IOP groups can be found on the IOP website

Eligibility Criteria

  • Commitment to a one-year research stay at IOP followed by a further year at IRIS Adlershof, HU Berlin. Special cases committing to one-year at IRIS Adlershof followed by a further year at IOP will be considered.
  • A PhD degree in physics, chemistry, mathematics, or materials, obtained no more than five years prior to the application deadline.
  • Previous international experience, such as conference talks, research stays abroad, and so on.

How to Apply

Applicants should send their CV and one publication (in PDF format), along with a cover letter and three reference letters to

Only candidates specifying two or more preferred host research groups in Berlin and Beijing will be considered. 

Closing date: April 15, 2021.


The decision will be made by a joint committee from IOP and HU Berlin. The HU Berlin and IOP specifically encourage qualified female scholars to apply.