ORIGINS Fellowships

To foster the advancement of young academics and women in science, ORIGINS offers two postdoc fellowships: the ORIGINS Fellowship and especially for women, the Vera Rubin* Fellowship. Both fellowships are aimed at highly qualified PhD graduates (within 5 years of receipt of their PhD) who show promise to conduct independent and interdisciplinary research within the ORIGINS research community. Qualified women can apply for both fellowships. Both theoretical and experimental work are possible. There are three calls for applications in the current funding period: 2020, 2021 and 2022.  The last call will be started in September of 2021. 

ORIGINS Fellows can choose from a wide range of research at the ORIGINS Cluster and can work with leading scientists in their field of interest at the various institutes within the framework of ORIGINS.

The Fellowships offer:

  • 3 year full-time position with a pay scale of public service organizations (TV-L E14)
  • Travel budget of 5,000 EUR/year
  • ORIGINS PI status – eligible to apply for additional ORIGINS funding, for example in the framework of Seed Money and the Guest Program
  • Initial equipment
  • Opportunity for independently-driven and independently-responsible research 
  • Excellent cooperation partners, so to speak "at the door" 

The ORIGINS Fellows introduce themselves:


Dr. Alexandre Barreira

ORIGINS Fellow since 2020.

Alexandre is a theoretical and numerical cosmologist who works in the area of large-scale structure (LSS) in the Universe. His research interests include galaxy clustering, gravitational lensing, cosmological perturbation theory, N-body simulations of structure formation, and using LSS to constrain physics and cosmology (e.g. inflation, dark energy, gravity).

Dr. Mikhail Mikhasenko

ORIGINS Fellow since July 2021.


Vera Rubin Fellows*

Dr. Maryam Arabsalmani

Vera Rubin Fellow since April 2021.

Maryam is an observational astronomer. She is interested in the formation and evolution of galaxies, damped Lyman-α absorbers, massive star explosions and the galaxies that host them. Her research is currently focussed on understanding the local physical conditions and the large-scale dynamics that lead to the formation of the brightest astronomical phenomena in the Universe.

* The namesake of our fellowship for women scientists is the pioneering astronomer Vera Cooper Rubin (1928-2016), who revolutionized our understanding of the universe and inspired generations of women in science. Her tireless observations of the motions of stars in galaxies provided very clear evidence for the existence of dark matter in the universe.