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Junior Research Groups

In June 2021, the Berlin University Alliance is publishing calls for proposals for junior research groups for the first time. The aim is to create attractive career opportunities for excellent post-doctoral researchers around the world. At the renowned institutions of the excellence alliance – Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin – junior researchers find ideal conditions to further develop their research profile and establish themselves as independent researchers – embedded in the uniquely diverse Berlin research hub.

Junior research groups will be announced initially in the areas of Research Quality and Open Science and Diversity and Gender Studies, and at a later date under the Promoting Talent objective.

The initiative is aimed at outstanding candidates who already have some research experience at a post-doctoral level and would now like to head up a research group at one of the partner institutions. The group leaders design their research projects independently and assume responsibility for the professional management of the groups. This may also include supervising a student's dissertation work, for example. The format therefore enables candidates to gain initial leadership experience in the scientific field over a period of four to five years and to develop their research profile with a view to attaining a professorship or some other prominent position in science, science management, or other fields of practice.

The junior researchers stand to benefit in a variety of ways from the intensive cooperation of the partner institutions. The Berlin University Alliance pools the strengths of its members, thereby facilitating the cooperative use of expertise, services, research infrastructures and equipment, and connecting departments across the boundaries of individual institutions and disciplines. Cooperation with research institutions not affiliated with academia is also possible and desirable. The calls are aimed at post-doctoral researchers across the globe. Applications from candidates who have not yet worked in the German academic system are particularly welcome.

Calls for Proposals in Research Quality and Open Science

The junior research groups in the Research Quality and Open Science area will take into account the many aspects of the topic and seek to create a theoretical as well as an empirical basis for achieving a better understanding of research quality and open science – also factoring in differences across disciplines. The junior research groups will get involved in the debate surrounding the quality and standards of research across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. They also aim to develop research practices that sustainably anchor the topic of research quality in institutions and enable the opening up of science. Against this backdrop, the calls are aimed at researchers from all disciplines.

The calls for proposal are set to start on June 3, 2021. Closing date for applications is August 1, 2021.
Junior Research Group “Research Quality in and across Disciplines”
Junior Research Group “Digital Methods and Research Quality”

Calls for Proposals in Diversity and Gender Studies

Outstanding postdocs can apply for one of the four new junior research groups focusing on new questions, methods, and approaches in the area of Diversity and Gender Equality. The aim is to develop innovative standards that promote the cultural shift toward a diversity- and gender-sensitive research and teaching environment. Special attention will be paid to the multidimensional and intersectional nature of diversity in academic institutions.

The calls for proposals are set to start on June 3, 2021. Closing date for applications is August 31, 2021.
Junior Research Groups for Diversity & Gender Equality

Calls for Proposals under the Promoting Talent Objective

The calls are aimed at post-doctoral researchers from all disciplines. The junior research groups should be linked to two partner institutions of the Berlin University Alliance and/or focus on a topic that can be assigned to one of the Grand Challenge Initiatives of the alliance, e.g. “Social Cohesion” and “Global Health”.

Further details will be announced within the next months.