Early-Career Researchers

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RWTH Center for Young Academics

The Center for Young Academics, or CYA for short, is the central point of contact for information, career development, and networking for doctoral candidates, postdocs, and Advanced Talents at RWTH.

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Career Paths of Junior Researchers at RWTH

RWTH Aachen University has created ideal framework conditions for career development and presents its researchers with transparent career paths both at and outside of the University early on.

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Target Groups

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Doctoral Candidates

You've finished your Master's and your future is wide open: Those who want to research after their studies traditionally pursue a doctoral degree. Doctoral studies at RWTH are the first phase of professional practice and are thus application-oriented.

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Postdocs are researchers in the first few years after doctoral studies who are expanding their academic profile through independent research work. Their career objectives are in science or science-related fields.

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Advanced Talents

Advanced Talents are junior professors with and without a tenure-track appointment, postdocs with scholarships or awards, and independent junior research group leaders.

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Junior Professorship

A junior professorship serves as a career step for early career researchers to gain further scientific qualifications after having completed their doctoral studies and to prepare them for a lifetime professorship. RWTH Aachen offers outstanding researchers the opportunity to do research and teach at the university in an independent manner. Successfully completing a junior professorship fulfills the prerequisite for being appointed to a professorship.

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Tenure Track

Researchers appointed to tenure track positions may advance their career through the tenure track process and, upon successful evaluation, be appointed to a permanent position as a full professor.

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Services for Researchers

RWTH offers targeted information, assistance, and advising for new researchers.

Certificate Courses

RWTH's varied certificate courses serve to help researchers enhance their professional profiles.