Goal-oriented support of early-career researchers and their empowerment from the beginning of their careers are key objectives of the University of Bremen. We support our scientists through our structured doctoral programs, funding opportunities offered by the Central Research Development Fund (CRDF), and a wide range of workshops, events, and advisory services offered by BYRD Bremen Early Career Researcher Development .
The classic culmination of an academic career is a professorship at a research university. In Germany, professorships have traditionally been awarded following a Habilitation. Today, there are alternative career paths available to early-career researchers, such as Assistant Professorships (‘Juniorprofessur’) and positions as Junior Research Group Leaders or in third-party funded projects.
Most research positions at universities and academic institutions are temporary posts for doctoral and post-doctoral staff. Aside from professorships, few positions are permanent. The University of Bremen has created positions for Senior Lecturers and Senior Researchers to establish a new career path for academic staff. Upon positive evaluation, these positions are made permanent.
It is important to note that at universities abroad, positions and career paths may be quite different from those in Germany. If you are interested in pursuing a career in research in another country, please familiarize yourself with its academic system well in advance.
Is an academic career the right choice for me?
If you are asking yourself whether an academic career is right for you and what you should bear in mind, please take advantage of the consultation services by our team at BYRD Bremen Early Career Researcher Development and by our Funding Advisory Service. In BYRD’s workshop and event program, we offer workshops concerning career planning and development on a regular basis.
Career paths in business and society
In the past, academics were mainly prepared for the career goal of professorship. However, more and more young researchers are today seeking to work in business and civil society. There are many opportunities, such as non-university research, industry, politics and administration or science management.
The University of Bremen also supports its academics in their transition to the non-university employment market. BYRD regularly offers career orientation events on career paths in business and civil society. It’s worth taking a look at the current course directory.