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.

Interesting links:
Path to professorship - become a professor at a German university

Last Modified: 18.08.2023