The DIE supports post-docs with various programmes:

  • Head of Junior Research Group 
  • Support of visiting and deputy professorships
  • Individual support

In addition to the promotion of doctoral candidates, the Junior Research Group provides the opportunity for those admitted for habilitation to systematically prepare for a continual academic career and obtain the eligibilty for professorship in alteration to a junior professorship. Establishing the positions of Head of Junior Research Group is a tool for the systematic post-doctoral junior researcher promotion for extraordinary PhD researchers.


The position's executive capacity includes the development and supervision of a team of doctoral candidates as well as personnel and budget responsibility, which facilitates the implementation of individual, thematically relevant research projects within the departments and individual further qualification.

Five junior research groups are working at DIE, four of which started their work at the beginning of 2018. You can find information about them here.

In addition, visiting and deputy professorships as habilitation enhancing processes, as well as further academic networking of post doctorates are individually supported. This includes exchange terms, the active participation in (inter-)national conferences, participation in the mentoring programme provided by the Leibniz Association, as well as internal and external SDA programmes.


Dr. Lukas Fervers (contact person for the promotion of young scientists at DIE)

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