Career development for young scientists

The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) offer a number of further training for young scientists such as courses in scientific writing and a Statistics round table. If needed, a two-day laboratory practice is arranged for PhD students. Round tables with lab staff and PhD candidates are held regularly.

For post-docs ZMT offers a special coaching (First Time Team Leader: Starting with Success!) to prepare them to apply for their own research group.
In cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) in Dortmund trainings in “Communication and Conflict Management”, “Project Management and Teambuilding” as well as “Role Clarification and Self-Perception” are on offer.

Young workgroup leaders and postdocs can also participate in the Leibniz Mentoring Programme.

At the bi-annual event “Career Paths”, a joint offer from ZMT, AWI, MPI, MARUM and ICBM, marine and climate scientists can find out about professional opportunities outside of research and science.

ZMT also supports the annual YOMARES conference of the German Society for Marine Research (DGM). The three-day conference for young marine scientist takes place at alternating marine institute in Northern Germany.


Apprenticeships / Vocational Training

Apprenticing companies show socio-political responsibility by supporting the qualification of young people. Since 2012 The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) has been offering traineeships in the Administration, MEDIA Unit and the IT.

Apprentices are complete a three-year dual training with the practical part undertaken at ZMT and the theoretical part at vocational colleges. The following vocational training are offered:

  • Specialists in Media and Information Services
  • Management Assistant for Office Communication
  • IT Specialist (m/f) in Application Development
  • IT Specialist (m/f) in System Integration


In 2015 the first four trainees successfully completed their apprenticeships. Three were taken on with fixed-term contracts. A new trainee started in 2015 in the IT Unit with another one following two year later. The MEDIA Unit will employ two new trainees in the summer of 2017.

In cooperation with the University of Bremen  ZMT also supervises lab technicians during part of their training.