The freedom of research and the chance to contribute to society motivate young scientists to pursue a career in academic teaching and/or research. It is logically the first choice for many scientists. Academia offers many different options such as working in a university, a university of applied sciences or a research institute.
In science you often have the freedom to define a field of research, set up a laboratory and lead a team. So you can work on the problems that interest you, whether a company would pay for it or not, and collaborate with other faculties on interdisciplinary research. Working in science creates interdisciplinary thinking and original ideas in a natural environment. Teaching offers the opportunity to share your ideas with students by designing your courses and developing your own teaching style.
Besides from doing a habilitation, applying for funding, gaining teaching experience, visiting training courses and establishing a network also support your steps from doctoral researcher to professorship.
Possible positions in Science and Academia:
- Researcher (with or without leadership responsibilities)
- Teaching position
- Junior professorship
- University professorship (with or without leadership responsibilities)
- University of applied sciences professorship
If you are interested in more specific areas and positions please have a look here.
Some soft skills you may require:
- Ability to work in interdisciplinary and international teams
- Ability to talk about and publish your research
- Knowledge about funding opportunities
- Leadership skills
Are you unsure about pursuing a career in academia and need some help sorting out the pros and cons? Then please contact us for career counselling or certain events.
Path to professorship - become a professor at a German university