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Promoting Young Talent

Young scientists, students, PhD candidates, and trainees are particularly important when it comes to innovative ideas and transporting knowledge into the future. They are able to work at an industrial level using state-of-the-art instruments, creating the foundations for new key technologies. Global contacts, a networked approach to work, autonomous research, and attentive supervision by experienced scientists all contribute to the creative atmosphere that makes Forschungszentrum Jülich attractive for young people.

At Forschungszentrum Jülich, students and PhD candidates benefit from the opportunity to conduct research and work independently at an early stage of their career and thus develop into sought-after specialists and skilled professionals. More than 850 PhD candidates currently work on the Jülich campus every year. Jülich promotes the establishment of independent young investigators groups in close collaboration with universities. This allows them the opportunity to qualify for a university career, for instance a junior professorship. There are currently 21 young investigators groups on campus. The heads of these groups are selected in international competitions.

Furthermore, Jülich is proud of its pioneering initiatives and training methods, which cannot be found anywhere else. In summer 2009, the master’s programme in simulation sciences offered by the German Research School for Simulation Sciences (GRS) – a collaborative project between Forschungszentrum Jülich and RWTH Aachen University within the scope of the Jülich Aachen Research Alliance – was officially accredited.

The Helmholtz Graduate School Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training in Energy and Climate Research (HITEC) is an institution located at Jülich and supported in cooperation with five university partners. It trains all PhD students involved in energy and climate research in soft skills and supports them in acquiring interdisciplinary know-how. The graduate school comprises around 180 PhD students, making it the largest research training programme on campus.


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