Tenure-Track at the HHU

The high esteem in which scientists are held and the excellent research infrastructure at Heinrich Heine University create an excellent environment for science at an international level. The Heinrich Heine University particularly promotes transdisciplinary research collaborations in order to stimulate creative and forward-looking solutions through the exchange of knowledge, methods and technologies across borders.
By participating in the Tenure Track Programme for the Promotion of Young Scientists (WISNA Programme), the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf would like to make a contribution to making the career paths of young scientists at the HHU more predictable and transparent. Up to now, the time until the first appointment to a lifetime professorship has been characterised by many uncertainties and long, sometimes precarious qualification paths. On average, a professor is appointed to a professorship and thus to the first permanent position at the beginning of the fifth decade of life (cf. Wissenschaftsrat 2014). The establishment of a tenure-track procedure opens up promising career paths for young scientists.

The WISNA-Programme

The WISNA programme aims to make career paths in the academic world more predictable and transparent. To this end, the German government has provided one billion euros to fund 1,000 additional tenure-track professorships. As one of 34 universities, Heinrich-Heine-Universität has successfully acquired nine tenure-track professorships in the first funding round. With the new federal-state programme, the tenure-track professorship will be broadly established for the first time at universities in Germany. For many young scientists, the path to a professorship will become considerably more transparent and easier to plan: the tenure-track professorship is aimed at young scientists in the early career phase and, following a successful probationary phase, provides for the immediate transition to a lifetime professorship. The programme is also committed to promoting alternative and equivalent career paths. The WISNA programme aims to improve the compatibility of career and family as well as equal opportunities in scientific qualification and career paths.

Supporting the compatibility of scientific qualification and family is a special concern of the Heinrich-Heine-University, which it supports with great success.

The HHU sees itself as a civic university that seeks open dialogue between society and the university. Scientists at the HHU have numerous opportunities to get involved in the Citizens' University on campus and in the city.


Dr. Uta Brunner
HHU WISNA Programme
Junior Scientist & International Researcher Center
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Gebäude 16.11.
Ebene 04 Raum 33
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Tel.: +49 211 81-13564
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