Career development at the IOER

The IOER offers a wide range of career development opportunities for scientists and staff in the science support sector. Within the framework of our research, we promote outstanding doctoral students, postdocs and senior scientists including work on habilitations, in line with the Leibniz Guidelines on Career Development. With the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS) and the IOER Fellowships we also promote independent research to expand our profile and networks.

We attach great importance to the professional and personal development of all employees and a stimulating working environment. In guiding individual career paths, we strive to reconcile top research and transfer performance with a healthy and environmentally sound life. In career development, equal opportunities and diversity are essential to us.

We look forward to welcoming new colleagues and to working with fellows, visiting scholars, bachelor and master students, as well as our alumni. Together we research urgent questions of spatial sustainability transformations. We have outlined our long-term research perspective in our mission statement.


Here you will find current opportunities to work with us at the IOER.

IOER Fellowship

IOER Fellowships are offered for leading inter-/national scholars and allow them to advance their research in collaboration with researchers at the institute for a period of up to six months. Calls for competitive fellowship applications are issued twice a year (March and September).

Visiting Scholars

We offer outstanding scientists at all career levels and from all over the world the opportunity to spend a research period at the IOER - to promote professional exchange, joint work on projects and publications, and to establish international cooperation.

Dresden Leibniz Graduate School

The DLGS is an interdisciplinary graduate school of the IOER and Dresden University of Technology. It offers excellent young scientists a structured doctoral programme in the field of spatial sustainability sciences. DLGS scholarships for key topics are advertised once a year (June), but are also available for topic propositions anytime. Joining DLGS with tother funding as well as temporarily is possible all year round.


The IOER offers postdoctoral positions for autonomous research within the framework of our research programme. We also support postdocs from programmes of the DFG, the EU (e.g. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions) and foundations.

Doctoral Students

The IOER offers a stimulating scientific environment and extensive structured support for doctoral candidates. Special supporting structures and processes ensure the qualification and completion of excellent and relevant dissertations.

Bachelor and Master Students

The IOER is strongly committed to teaching and offers students a variety of opportunities for additional qualification.


Science thrives on new insights and experiences and the exchange of information about them. For this reason, the IOER stays in touch with its former colleagues. The existing informal alumni network is currently exploring new formats for regular exchanges and activities of mutual benefit.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

FS Sachsen

This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.