The leadership of a group of junior scientists/academics as a career step enables research-focused junior scientists/academics to work independently and assume management responsibility at an early stage. Junior research group leaders independently conduct research and teach in certain areas and lead their own research group. In doing so, they gain qualifications for executive scientific and academic positions, i.e. in particular for an appointment as professor.
Junior research group leaderships play an important role in the research profile of Paderborn University: They act as a temporary supplement or expansion of existing research focuses and enable the probing of new fields of research.
A junior research group leaderships is awarded at UPB with a formal, official and standardised status within the university. The corresponding procedure is regulated in the Junior Research Group Leader Regulations at Paderborn University. The Tenure-Board is in charge of the quality assurance of the processes involved.
Prerequisites for a junior research group leadership are a completed doctoral degree (not later than 5 years ago as a rule) as well as excellent scientific achievements (post-doc) and teaching experiences.
External funding programmes for junior research group leaders
Apart from scientific/academic excellence, funding programmes aiming at the set-up and leadership of a group of junior scientists/academics also demand international research experience. In general, the funding period comprises at least five years.