Support for MSCA-PF Applicants at TUM

TUM Talent Factory Support for Applicants

TUM ForTe also provides extensive support material for applicants to help postdocs to prepare outstanding proposals. In addition to the Writing Camp, we support applicants who plan to apply for an Individual Fellowship with TUM as host/beneficiary. If you have a professor at TUM who is willing to support your application, please contact us to obtain the support material. 

For questions and further information, contact Dr. Wael Mousa and the TUM Talent Factory Team: postdoc-application@tum.de

About MSCA-Postdoctoral Fellowships

The goal of the Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in a European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The scheme particularly supports the return and reintegration of researchers from outside Europe who have previously worked here. It also develops or helps to restart the careers of individual researchers that show great potential, considering their experience.

Support is foreseen for individual, trans-national fellowships awarded to the best or most promising researchers of any nationality, for employment in EU Member States or Associated Countries. It is based on an application made jointly by the researcher and the beneficiary in the academic or non-academic sectors. Only one proposal per individual researcher will be evaluated.

More Information and Support for Applicants

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Current MSCA Fellows at TUM

TUM Chair: Chair of Biogenic Funcional Materials, Prof. Dr. habil. Rubén D. Costa

TUM Department: TUM Campus Straubing

Project: Engineering Phosphorescent and TADF small molecules for white Light-emitting Electrochemical Cells (PoTA-LEC)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Behera earned his Ph.D. degree in 2016, from department of chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, Assam, India. After completion of Ph.D, he worked as a D.S Kothari postdoctoral researcher at department of inorganic and physical chemistry, Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore, India, as a postdoctoral researcher at Madrid Institute for Advance studies, IMDEA Nanoscience, Madrid, Spain and as a senior project associate at materials chemistry department, CSIR-IMMT Bhubaneswar, India.
His primary research includes design and development of luminescent small organic molecules for optoelectronic and biological applications, investigating excited state dynamics through photophysical and optical spectroscopic studies and TDDFT calculations.
Currently, Dr. Behera is an MSCA postdoc fellow at the Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials with Prof. Rubén D. Costa. His research focuses on the design and development of phosphorescent and thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) small molecules for white light-emitting electrochemical Cells.

TUM Chair: Institute of Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Design and Building , Prof. Dr. Ing. Werner Lang

TUM Department: Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering

Project: Renovating the Existing Buildings Environment through the Combination of Circular economy and the Add-on’ strategy (REBECCA)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Dr. Eng. Elena Cattani started her research and professional experience on the subject of sustainability in architecture during her university studies. In 2016, she discussed her PhD in Architecture Technology with a dissertation on the opportunities of deep renovation of existing buildings through volumetric additions - Add-ons. The work was carried out in collaboration with the University of Bologna and the University of Applied Science of Frankfurt.

She has taught at the University of Bologna, as Tutor for the Architecture Technology Course and as main chair of the Sustainable Buildings Master Course; she became Associate Professor in November 2018. As project manager and scientific supervisor, she has been at the core of the development of several H2020 research experiences and has consolidated her expertise in several EU contexts. Meanwhile she has been working freelance for her own design and engineering firm, DUETERZI, which carries out several projects on energy and building renovation in Italy and abroad.

TUM Chair: Professorship for Electrobiotechnology, Prof. Nicolas Plumeré

TUM Department: TUM Campus Straubing

Project: Hacking Photosynthesis: Biosensors for Herbicides and Beyond (B-FHAB)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Vincent Friebe completed his PhD in Biophysics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) in 2017, where he studied the interface between photosynthetic proteins and electrodes. He built upon this work as a postdoc at the VU and the Ruhr Universiteit Bochum, resulting in the successful award of a NWO VENI independent research fellowship in 2019 on the topic of a herbicide biosensor. Herbicides have been used extensively since the 1950s and are indispensable for improving crop yields. Unfortunately, these chemical weed killers have long-lasting activity in the soil and residues seep into our ecosystems, drinking water and food. Current monitoring methods are expensive and time-consuming, requiring special techniques and training. In this context, the EU-funded B-FHAB project will develop a biosensor that makes rapid, low-cost, sensitive herbicide detection widely accessible. Biosensing will be improved through a combination of methods that include computation protein design, with the primary of obtaining biosensor sensitivities relevant to the EU maximum residue limits for drinking water. The research will expand into a larger aim of broadening the scope of the sensing platform beyond a small class of herbicide residues, as well as detecting multiple residues on a single chip.

TUM Chair: Theory of Complex Quantum Systems , Prof. Dr. Robert T. König

TUM Department: Department of Mathematics

Project: Tracking Information in Quantum Networks (TITAN)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Christoph Hirche received his PhD degree in physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, in 2018 and subsequently worked at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, as a postdoc.

He will join TUM in 2021 with a global MSCA fellowship, spending the first two years at the Centre for Quantum Computing at the National University of Singapore.

His research interests focus mostly on theoretical aspects of quantum information theory and communication. During the fellowship he will investigate properties and applications of quantum networks for information processing.

TUM Chair: Chair of Inorganic and Metal-Organic Chemistry, Prof. Roland A. Fischer

TUM Department: Department of Chemistry

Project: Hydrophobic metal-organic adsorbents to decontaminate water from Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (HECTOR)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Soumya Mukherjee received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune in 2017. Followed by a 3 years’ postdoctoral research experience at the Bernal Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland, Dr. Mukherjee joined the Chair of Inorganic and Metal-organic Chemistry at Technical University of Munich in January 2020, as an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral researcher.

As an awarded member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr. Mukherjee currently works on ‘Physical chemistry and electrochemistry of metal-organic solids and surfaces’ and is keen to develop porous materials for renewable energy and environmental sustainability.

TUM Chair: Chair of Information-oriented Control, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sandra Hirche

TUM Department: TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project: Collaborative, Decision making, and Operational Shared-Control Framework for Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-CoDeOp)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dipl.-Ing. Music is a research assistant at the TUM Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has submitted her PhD thesis that focused on developing novel shared-control architecture for human-robot haptic interaction. As a researcher she has contributed to an FP7 project "WEARable HAPtics for Humans and Robots (WEARHAP)” in developing a control architecture for human-robot interaction using wearable haptic interfaces. Currently, she is working on an H2020 project "Rehabilitation based on Hybrid neuroprosthesis (ReHyb)” on developing a shared-control architecture for rehabilitation of stroke patients using a hybrid exoskeleton device.

Dipl.-Ing. Music's global MSCA fellowship will focus on developing a holistic, human-centric shared-control framework for human-robot collaboration that will consider the interaction on cognitive/decision-making level. The focus will be on telesurgery and rehabilitation applications.

TUM Chair: Chair of Biogenic Functional Materials, Prof. Dr. Rubén D. Costa

TUM Department: TUM Campus Straubing

Project: Fluorescent Protein-metal oxide NanoParticles for Bio-hybrid Light-Emitting Diodes (FPNP-BioLED)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Nieddu holds a degree in inorganic chemistry at University of Cagliari (Italy) and completed his PhD in study of metallophilic interactions between the University of La Rioja (Spain) and the University of Cagliari (Italy). He completed a postdoc in the University of Barcelona (Spain) and subsequently held a ADER Fellowship at University of La Rioja, (Spain).

Dr. Nieddu’s research concerns the development of novel photoactive theranostic nanomaterials for biomedicine. During his postdoctoral fellowship at University of La Rioja in the department of inorganic chemistry, Dr. Nieddu developed novel citotoxity nanomaterial for applications in bioimaging and phototherapy in collaboration with CIBIR technologic center.

Dr. Nieddu will be Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Technical University of Munich where his research focuses on developing BioHLED based on fluorescent nanomaterials.

TUM Chair: Cair of Biotechnology, Prof. Johannes Büchner

TUM Department: TUM School of Natural Sciences

Project: Dynamics of p53 mutant reactivation and the anti-carcinogenic action of engineered resveratrol analogues (p53-REACT)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Douglas R. Norberto is a Chemical Engineer who earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UNICAMP in Brazil. He had a four-year postdoctoral research experience at Pasteur Institute, the University of Montpelier, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He worked as a Visiting Professor and Researcher at various universities before joining the Chair of Biotechnology at Technical University of Munich as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie postdoctoral researcher in September 2022. Dr. Norberto uses biophysical and structural biology techniques combined to the main advances in metabolic engineering to make contributions to our knowledge of protein folding mechanisms. These investigations are crucial for understanding human diseases such as cancer and developing tailored drug biosynthesis.

TUM Chair:  Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and Management, Prof. Dr. Stephan Pauleit

TUM Department: TUM School of Life Sciences, Weihenstephan

Project: Threats and solutions to urban tree pests and pathogens in a changing climate (TREEPACT)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Raum completed her NERC/ESRC funded PhD in environmental policy at the Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London and holds degrees in environmental assessment and management, and geography. She completed postdocs at both UK Forest Research and at Imperial College London, investigating forestry policy and management in the UK. Her previous research also examined public risk perceptions to tree diseases and stakeholder interests’ in the ecosystem goods and services provided by trees, woods and forests.

Dr. Raum currently investigates the impacts of urban tree pests and pathogens in the context of climate change. This includes an examination of risk perceptions of key stakeholders (e.g., urban planners, landscape architects, greenspace and forest managers, NGO’s) and responses to the growing threats of pests/pathogens. Disturbances due to tree pests/pathogens are expected to increase in cities, potentially threatening endeavours to increase canopy cover to help adapt to climate change.

TUM Chair:  Biological and Medical Imaging , Prof. Dr. Gil Westmeyer

TUM Department: Fakultät für Chemie

Project: Calcium-sensitive functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a breakthrough technique to follow brain-wide intracellular calcium dynamics defining multi-scale neuronal activity (BrainwideNeuroCaSens)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Schwalm completed her PhD in Biosciences at Goethe University (Frankfurt a.M.) and is currently a Postdoc in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT (Cambridge, U.S.), where she works on the application of novel imaging and recording techniques to study brain-wide dynamics of neural activity.

Dr. Schwalm’s global MSCA fellowship will focus on molecular functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a novel technique providing a molecular specific neurophysiological readout to investigate global brain activity. Dr. Schwalm will join TUM in her third year of the MSCA where she seeks to apply molecular fMRI with the aim of mapping and characterizing healthy and pathological neural signaling for preclinical approaches.

TUM Chair: Chair of Electrobiotechnology, Prof. Dr. Nicolas Plumeré

TUM Department: TUM Campus Straubing

Project: Directed Evolution of Metalloenzymes through Electrochemical Droplet Microarray – DEMED

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Wang completed her doctoral degree in 2018 at Aix-Marseille Université, France. Her project was funded by the President Scholarship of the University, under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Lojou and Dr. Marianne Ilbert. Her Ph.D. research focused on biochemical and electrochemical studies of metalloproteins involved in oxygen reduction pathway in Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans.  

Prior to coming to TUM, Dr. Wang worked on surface display system in microorganisms at CNRS-LCPME-Nancy and INRAE-LAE, France. Currently her work is focusing on directed evolution of metalloenzymes aiming to high throughput screening and machine learning of directed enzyme evolution. The goal of her Marie Curie Individual fellowship proposal is to establish directed evolution of redox enzymes by means of electrochemical microarrays (DEMED) to enable the direct screening of the enzyme properties desired for their application in electrochemical devices.

TUM Chair: Chair of Vibro-Acoustics of Vehicles and Machines, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Steffen Marburg

TUM Department: TUM School of Engineering and Design

Project: Textile-based Metamaterials for Broadband Noise Absorption in Low-frequency Range (TextMetamater)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Yang received his Ph.D. in engineering at the Technical University of Liberec, the Czech Republic, in 2019. Later on, he worked at the Technical University of Liberec as postdoctoral researcher (2019-2020) and recognized researcher (2021-2022). During his Ph.D. study and work in the Czech Republic, he studied fibrous materials' acoustic, thermal properties and airflow penetration characteristics. Dr. Yang joined the Chair of Vibro-Acoustics of Vehicles and Machines in November 2022 with a MSCA fellowship. He will focus on developing textile-based metamaterials for broadband noise absorption in low-frequency range via theoretical study, numerical validation and experimental measurement. His project may be of assistance in decreasing the negative effects of noise and bringing acoustic comfort to the public.

TUM Chair: Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Engelhardt

TUM Department: TUM Department of Medicine

Project: Long non-coding RNAs that regulate glial cell function in the diseased heart (GLIA-LNC)

Future MSCA Fellows at TUM

TUM Chair: Associate Professorship of Solid-State Electrolyte Chemistry, Prof. Jennifer Rupp

TUM Department: TUM Department of Chemistry

Project: Novel Li-Operated Potentiometric Electrochemical Gas Sensors (LiPEGS)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Balaish holds a double degree in Chemistry and Material science and Engineering and completed her PhD on complex Li-oxygen battery systems based on liquid electrolytes all form the Technion (IIT, Israel). She recently completed her postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, US), where she intensively studied the chemistry and electrochemistry of solid-state electrochemical systems to either sense gases, supply energy or neuromorphically compute. Her position at MIT was fully funded by three prestigious fellowships: the MIT–Technion Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Zuckerman Israeli Postdoctoral Scholarship, and the J. William Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Balaish’s European MSCA fellowship at the Technical University of Munich (TUM, Germany) will focus on developing Lithium (Li)-operated gas sensor devices through proposing innovative synthesis processes, investigate chemical and electrochemical requirements and constrains through broad characterization tools.

TUM Chair: Chair of Biogenic Funcional Materials, Prof. Dr. habil. Rubén D. Costa

TUM Department: TUM Campus Straubing

Project: Ancestral fluorescent proteins as Biophosphors for Light-Emitting Diodes (AnBioLED)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Banda Vázquez studied Genomic Sciences (2006-2011) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Mexico). Regarding graduate studies in Biochemical Sciences, he obtained his MSc (2013) at the Biotechnology Institute (IBT, Mexico) and his PhD (2018) at School of Medicine, UNAM. His research experience regards protein engineering and protein design by means of computational methods and experimental testing. His expertise has been developed and applied in Mexico (IBT and School of Medicine at UNAM), Germany (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology at Tübingen and Helmholtz Zentrum at Munich), and Canada (University of Ottawa). With an interest in applying his expertise to lighting devices, Dr. Banda Vázquez is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Fellow at the Technical University of Munich working at the chair of Biogenic Functional Materials with Prof. Rubén D. Costa. His research focuses on prediction and improvement of suitable sustainable materials for Bio-hybrid LEDs.

TUM Chair: Chair of Bioseparation Engineering, Prof. Dr. Sonja Berensmeier

TUM Department: TUM School of Engineering and Design

Project: Magnetically Tunable Chondrocyte Cell Sheet Engineering for Osteoarthritis Therapy (MACROS)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Vincent Irawan received his PhD in Material Science and Engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in 2019. His previous research focused on developing the collagen materials as a bioactive scaffold for promoting cartilage and bone tissues. In 2021, he undertook a postdoc position in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, to learn about the supramolecular biomaterials and to develop such multi-modular materials for the applications of biomedical imaging and the stimuli-responsive cell culture materials. Dr. Vincent`s MSCA fellowship will focus on preparing a tissue-engineering product that mimic the cartilage tissue by developing an innovative technique that is premised on the tuning of substrate stiffness during the cell culture stage. The application is focused on the regeneration of osteoarthritic cartilage tissue.

TUM Chair: Chair of Biogenic Funcional Materials, Prof. Dr. habil. Rubén D. Costa

TUM Department: TUM Campus Straubing

Project: Bringing heat into the bright side in bio-hybrid LEDs (Heat-BLED)

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Anna Zieleniewska received both her BSc (2013) and MSc (2014) in Chemical Technology with a specialization in Organic Chemistry from the Warsaw University of Technology (Poland) under the supervision of Prof. Dorota Gryko. She completed her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 2019 at Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany) in the Guldi group. During that time, her research focused on studying the charge transfer properties of organic molecular wires. Then she moved to Colorado to do her Postdoc under the supervision of Prof. Garry Rumbles at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (2019-2021). She worked on developing the time-resolved microwave conductivity method and its application in photocatalysis. As the MSCA Fellow she will work at the chair of Biogenic Functional Materials with Prof. Rubén D. Costa. Her research will focus on developing dual devices for light and temperature management.

Former MSCA Fellows at TUM

MSCA IF 2014 Call

Manuela Garnico Alonso

TUM Chair: Professur für Molekulare Nanowissenschaft an Grenzflächen, Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Auwärter
TUM Department: TUM Department of Physics
Project: Beyond Graphene: Fundamental properties of 2D materials at the atomic scale (2DNano)

Zdeněk Tošner

TUM Chair: Professur für Festkörper-NMR-Spektroskopie, Prof. Dr. Bernd Reif and Prof. Glaser (co-supervisor)
TUM Department: TUM Department of Chemistry 
Project: Optimal control methods for biological solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (OPTIMAL NMR)

Pietro Falco

TUM Chair: Associate Professorship of Human-centered Assistive Robotics, Prof. Dongheui Lee
TUM Department: Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
Project: LEArning-CONtrol tight interaction: a novel approach to robust execution of mobile manipulation tasks (LEACON)

MSCA IF 2015 Call

Dr. Barbara Lechner

TUM Chair: Chair of Physical Chemistry, Prof. Ueli Heiz
TUM Department: Chemistry
Project: Characterising the dynamical properties of size-selected supported metal clusters (ClusterDynamics)

Dr. Irene Bighelli

TUM Chair: Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Prof. Stefan Leucht
TUM Department: TUM School of Medicine 
Project: Schizophrenia Psychological Interventions: Network Meta-Analysis of randomized evidence (SPIN-MA)

Dr. Javier Virto

TUM Chair: Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Elementarteilchenphysik, Prof. Martin Beneke
TUM Department: TUM Department of Physics 
Project: Non-Leptonic Three-Body B Decays: Theory and Phenomenology (NIOBE)

Dr. Madleen Busse

TUM Chair: Lehrstuhl für Angewandte Biophysik, Prof. Pfeiffer
TUM Department: TUM Department of Physics 
Project: CONtrast through metal-enriched polymer SALTs: novel contrast agents for dual-energy micro-computed tomography (CONSALT)

Dr. Siwei Bai

TUM Chair: Bioanaloge Informationsverarbeitung, Prof. Dr. Hemmert, Werner
TUM Department: Fakultät für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik 
Project: Advanced Computational Model for the Development of Cochlear Implants (CIModelPLUS

Dr. Francesco Maurelli

TUM Chair: Institut für Informatik VI - Robotics and Embedded Systems, Prof. Alois Knoll
TUM Department: TUM Department of Informatics
Project: Towards Intelligent Cognitive AUVs (TIC AUV)

MSCA IF 2016 Call

Dr. Pablo Lanillos

TUM Chair: Institute for Cognitive Systems, Prof. Dr. Gordon Cheng
TUM Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Project: Robotic self/other distinction for interaction under uncertainty (SELFCEPTION)

Dr. Paul D’Agostino

TUM Chair: Professorship of Biosystems Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Tobias A. M. Gulder
TUM Department: Chemistry 
Project: Direct Pathway Cloning of Neglected Bacteria in the Hunt for Novel (Bio-)Chemistry (DiPaC_MC)

Dr. Marta Tena-Solsona

TUM Chair: Chair of Supramolecular Chemistry, Prof. Dr. Job Boekhoven
TUM Department: Chemistry 
Project: Dissipative Self-Assembly: A powerful but unexplored tool to create temporary supramolecular hydrogels (DisMolGels)

Dr. David Luitz

TUM Chair: Professorship on Theoretical Solid-State Physics, Prof. Frank Pollmann
TUM Department: Physics Department
Project: Dynamical Phenomena in Quantum Many-Body Systems (QMBDyn)

Dr. Cecile Repellin

TUM Chair: Professorship on Theoretical Solid-State Physics, Prof. Frank Pollmann
TUM Department: Physics Department 
Project: From Bulk to Edge: Realization and Characterization of Fractionalized Quantum Matter (sharpEDGE)

MSCA IF 2017 Call

Dr. Gianluca Orlando

TUM Chair: Chair for Analysis, Prof. Dr. Marco Cicalese
TUM Department: Department of Mathematics
Project: From Bulk to Edge: Quasistatic Evolution Problems for Material Failure due to Fatigue (FatiguEvoPro)

Dr. Franziska Emmerling

TUM Chair: Chair for Research and Science Management, Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus
TUM Department: TUM School of Management
Project: From Bulk to Edge: Assessing positive and destructive leadership on multiple dimensions: How to better understand and improve the behaviour of the people who lead us (LEADERPROFILE)

Dr. Frej Tulin

TUM Chair: Lehrstuhl für Botanik,  Prof. Farhah Assaad
TUM Department: Department of Plant Sciences
Project: Understanding the essential function of the conserved plant- specific protein phosphatase family BSL (BSLchlamy)

Yue Zhang-Weninger, PhD

TUM Chair: Institute for Human-Machine Communication, Prof. Gerhard Rigoll
TUM Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project: Holistic Deep Modelling for User Recognition and Affective Social Behaviour Sensing (HOL-DEEP-SENSE)

MSCA EF 2018 Call

Dr. Alex Henning

TUM Chair: Professorship on Experimental Semiconductor Physics, Prof. Ian D. Sharp
TUM Department: Walter Schottky Institute, Physics Department
Project: Functional Electrical Contacts to Two-Dimensional Materials with Tunable Interfacial Oxides, ProTOC

MSCA EF 2019 Call

Dr. Marc Gonzalez Cuxart