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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Career reports: how to survive as postdoc?

Researchers from the IRI THESys talk about the challenge of being a postdoc.
There isn't just one way of doing it

A postdoc is a researcher in the first years after his or her doctorate who actively conducts own research at a university or non-university research institution. However, it is more than uncertain how many years this will be and whether it leads to the classical lifetime professorship that seems to be career goal. Competition is fierce, jobs are scarce, and the demands on a postdo­ctoral position may not always be clear. The postdoctoral phase is therefore often associated with considerable uncertainties in one's own career planning.

At the same time, there are various ways and also alternatives to a professorship to successfully establish oneself in the scientific system after gaining a doctorate. In the following, four researchers from the IRI THESys present their individual career paths: two postdoctoral researcher and two senior researchers. 
 

What THESys researchers say
 
Anne Dombrowski
Letícia Santos de Lima 

From doctorate directly to professorship

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