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Prospects for postdocs at HHU

  • Set up of actions and measures to support the postdoc guidelines (February 2024 - ongoing)
  • Developing postdoc guidelines (October 2023 - April 2024)
  • Postdoc survey (Spring 2024)


Developing supportive measures together

In addition to the guideline discussion, a series of measures were presented to support the implementation of the postdoc guidelines in the future.

All interested parties are invited to support the development of the measures with concrete proposals for their implementation.

The next meeting will take place on May 13, 2024. We will have lunch together at the main mensa at 12 pm (meeting point in front of the screens at the main mensa).

Suggested Measures

  • Information for Postdocs
  • Development of a target agreement template
    to plan and structure the postdoc phase

  • Guideline for regular feedback meetings

  • Mental Health Check-Up Reminder

  • Postdoc Advisory Committee

  • Postdoc-Alumni-Network

  • Junior meets Senior

Developing postdoc guidelines at HHU

In order to focus more strongly on the importance of career development for postdoctoral researchers and at the same time take a closer look at the role and self-image of postdocs, the idea was born to develop supporting guidelines for this group of researchers.
The guidelines are intended to point out offers and opportunities for postdoctoral researchers at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), but also to clarify the obligations that a successful postdoc phase entails. The associated discourse, which was and is conducted by the university management, the faculties as well as the postdocs and their supervisors in equal measure, is intended on the one hand to enable the field of tension between support and personal responsibility, independence and dependence as well as the debate on a healthy management culture.
On the other hand, the resulting guidelines for postdocs are intended to accompany a long-term cultural change (over the next five to ten years), which may also become visible beyond the university itself. The introduction of the guidelines also emphasises the institutional importance of the postdoc phase and the appreciation of the target group at HHU.

The guideline discussion took place in two sessions from Mid-October to Mid-December on the platform of the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID) . Currently all comments and recommendations are consolidated. A detailed report on the whole process will soon be published here.
The publication of the Postdoc-guidelines itself is planned for the meeting of the HHU senate on 16 April 2024.


Postdoc - Survey 2023

What motivates researchers at HHU during their postdoc phase and what career goals do they strive for? How is the postdoc phase structured and what are the challenges? JUNO, together with the Düsseldorf Institute for Internet and Democracy (DIID), got answers to these questions in the postdoc survey that took place at HHU in March and April 2023. Here you find a summary of the results of the survey.

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