Advanced Talents

  © Andreas Schmitter  

At RWTH, "advanced talents" denotes excellent early-career researchers who are pursuing a professorship. This includes:

  • Junior professors both with or without a tenure track appointment
  • Junior research group leaders
  • Postdocs with awards and fellowships

By offering attractive employment and framework conditions, RWTH is able to appoint outstanding German and international early-career researchers. RWTH offers not only W1 junior professor positions but also an additional career path for talented early-career researchers, namely the tenure track professorship.

In individual cases, junior research group leaders and postdocs with particular awards and grants can be appointed to a W1 professorship in a closed process. These may include the DFG Emmy Noether Junior Research Group, the Freigeist Fellowship from the Volkswagen Stiftung, the HFG Junior Research Group, EU Marie Curie, or a ERC Starting Grant.

This allows RWTH Aachen to offer attractive and reliable career options early in these researchers' careers.

Early-career researchers also have access to the Center for Professional Leadership's offers for postdocs and academic leaders, which support them in their professional and personal development.

Junior professors can additionally take advantage of the offers for professors.

Furthermore, RWTH Aachen offers its advanced talents individual mentoring and individual coaching sessions, conducted by the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers, DHV.

And finally, the University collaborates with the University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jülich each year to hold the Advanced Talents Day. The Rectorate explicitly endorses this offer for advanced talents with Professor Sabine Brück-Dürkop, vice-rector for human resources management and development, serving as patron.