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Promoting junior researchers at Münster University

Promoting junior researchers plays a key role at the University of Münster. The University offers researchers a wide range of options – such as PhDs, graduate schools, junior research groups or associate professorships – in order for them to gain additional qualifications which prepare them for an academic career. For this reason, the Office of Communication and Public Relations has given an intensive and differentiated look at the topic from January to July 2019.

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From Münster to the world as a professor

A special alumni reunion: Between 2007 and 2014, they worked as postdocs at the Organic Chemistry Institute of the University of Münster. The seven chemists now have their own research groups and are professors in China, India, France and Germany.

Promoting junior researchers: an international task

Young scientists play a central role not only for the University of Münster. The promotion of young researchers is also an important task for universities beyond Germany's borders. The aim is to recruit excellent researchers both from Germany and from abroad and to retain them at the University.

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Between research and teaching – how doctoral students see their role

Am I more of a researcher or a teacher? For the first time, psychologists at Münster University have investigated both long-term and situation-related, short-term role identifications among junior researchers in Psychology. The study was published in the journal "Studies in Graduate and Postdoctoral Education".

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Academic career: the path to a professorship

Prof. Niels Petersen has held the Chair of Public, International and European Law and Empirical Legal Research at the University of Münster since 2015. In this guest commentary he talks about his academic career. This is the third and last in a series of guest commentaries on the subjects of alternative careers outside research and the path towards a professorship at a university.

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Alternative careers: moving into private industry with a PhD

Dr. Oliver Sendscheid wrote his PhD in Münster. Since September 2016 he has been working at the US branch of the diagnostic laboratory company Euroimmun. In this guest commentary Sendscheid, a biologist, describes why he opted for private industry. This is the second of a series of three guest commentaries on the subjects of alternative careers outside research and the path towards a professorship at a university.

Alternative career paths: moving into knowledge management with a PhD

Dr. Sarah Eligehausen studied biology and took her PhD in the subject. Since 2015 she has been coordinating the Experimental Medicine course of study at the University of Münster. In this guest commentary she describes her career so far. This is the first of a series of three guest commentaries on the subjects of alternative careers outside research and the path towards a professorship at a university.

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Two paths to a PhD

Xiaofei Yang and Peilin Li are doctoral students at the Münster University. In their guest commentaries, they describe their everyday work as junior researchers.

"No guarantee, but a good step on the way to a professorship"

Leading a team of their own helps young researchers to become independent at an early stage. The University of Münster also has many teams of junior researchers which provide the team-leaders with an opportunity to take on responsibility early. Here we present the leaders of just three of many such teams: Dr. Lena Frischlich, Prof. Raphael Wittkowski and Dr. Anna Junker.

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"Our PhD students and postdocs should get to know one another"

Helping junior researchers to look beyond their own four walls in preparation for an academic career is something that the University of Münster does not only in a decentralised way – in individual faculties, with a wide range of qualification opportunities – but also across faculty borders, with numerous centralised offers of support.

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Karin Hassels and Peter Eggert look after tomorrow’s chemical laboratory assistants

In addition to providing facilities for studies and research, the University of Münster offers apprenticeships and vocational training in 19 different occupations – from gardener to IT systems technician. One example of this vocational training is that for chemical laboratory assistants at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, where the two people responsible for this training are Karin Hassels (since 2009) and Peter Eggert (since 2001).

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