Career paths for postdocs

Postdoc at HHU

Doing a postdoc is part of the qualification for a future independent research career.  As a postdoc you develop your own scholarly competence working under the supervsion of HHU faculty members. You build a scientific network and learn additional subject specific methods and technics.
This period is integral to your preparation of a future undefinedindependent research career aiming on becoming a faculty member yourself.

Proof of the ability to obtain a faculty possition in Germany is either shown by undefined"Habilitation" or undefined"Habilitation - equivalent achievements". However, there are several other career paths (see below) which can follow your postdoc.

At HHU postdocs are are individually guided and supported in order to promote their academic career in a targeted manner.

By providing the appropriate research environment HHU wants their postdocs to be able to

  • extend their knowledge on methods and techniques as well as gaining additional scientific work routine
  • have an annual review that includes input by the postdoc and the mentor with focus on productivity and feasible career goals
  • use support in writing grant applications and developing an own strategic research profile
  • get coaching while setting up an own research group and developing own leadership competencies

Moreover, HHU wants to support their postdocs

  • in setting up own networks of research colleagues and get connected on campus
  • so they can present their work at international conferences and meetings
  • with regard to having a good work-life balance. In addition, HHU supports young parents in finding child care.

General conditions of the German higher education system

The general conditions of the German higher education system are such that about four postdocs with habilitation facing one elected faculty member (Consortium for National Report on Junior scholars, 2017, Summary on page 17). This means that you must be realistic about your career chances and also use the postdoc phase to prepare possible career pathways that lead to industry, governmental organizations, associations, service providers or directly into your own spin-off. Consider early on which path suits you and how it can be implemented.
All of these career paths which get further orientation here at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf are supported by the Junior Scientist and International Researcher Center (JUNO) with a undefinedbroad transferable skills training programme and networking events.

 Links and informationen on academic work and working conditions at HHU

Good Scientific Practice
  • Good Scientific Practice at HHU

    Scientific work is based on fundamental principles which are the same in all disciplines. The first principle amongst these is honesty towards oneself and others. The basic prerequisite for scientific work is the fairness of all researchers. It is here that the University as a place of research, teaching and support of young scientists, has an institutional responsibility. In the light of these considerations, Heinrich Heine University is pursuing the safeguarding of scientific quality standards, in particular integrity and accuracy in research, as a core responsibility of its members and affiliates.
    On the basis of these considerations the undefinedRules and Principles for Saveguarding and Good Scientific Practice at HHU (pdf) have been agreed upon.

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    Contact persons at HHU in case of conflict

    Ombudspersons of the faculties:

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Marion Aptroot (Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
    Universitätsstr. 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Bldg. 24.54

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph J. Börner (Faculty of Business Administration and Economics)
    Universitätsstr. 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Bldg. 24.31

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Henrike Heise (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
    Universitätsstr. 1, 40225 Düsseldorf Bldg. 26.12

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Kersting (Faculty of Law)
    Universitätsstr. 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Bldg. 24.81

    Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schrader (Medical Faculty)
    Universitätsstr. 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Bldg. 22.04

    HHU Commission to ensure good Scientific Practice

    Transparent and good scientific practice is essential for any university. By establishing this commission Heinrich Heine University has adopted suitable measures to prevent scientific misconduct and examine each and any reasonable suspicion of such.

    For this purpose, a standing undefinedcommission has been set up which officially looks into any such matters and reports directly to the President’s office. The procedure in front of the commission has no effect on other, legal procedures (e.g. academic, civil or criminal proceedings).



    Additional information on "Good Scientific Practice"

    Safeguarding Good Scientific Practice
    Memorandum of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

    The US Office of Research Integrity
    Background informationan on GSP and Miscounduct Case Summaries in the US

    Video stories from different research areas on "Good Scientific Practice"
Legal framework for researchers in Germany
Academic mid-level faculty at HHU
Doing Research and Having a family

Junior Scientist and
International Researcher Center (JUNO)

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Network of junior research group leaders at HHU

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