Career Patterns and Research Programmes

The influence of changed early career patterns on the emergence of independent research programmes

Early career researchers face two challenges, namely the scientific challenge to independently design their research programme and the institutional challenge to gain the necessary autonomy for realising this programme. The conditions under which they have to meet these challenges have changed considerably over the last three decades. Current career patterns of early career researchers are characterized by often long sequences of postdoctoral positions and late tenure. On the other hand, an increasing number of special grants and fellowships that are intended to support early independence are offered by funding agencies. How do early career researchers under these conditions develop and realize independent research programs?
In our project we address this question by conducting comparative case studies of German early career researchers who are working in the fields of experimental physics, plant biology, and history.

 Participants:   Grit Laudel, Jana Bielick

This research project is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and is part of the programme “Forschung zum Wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs” (support code: FWN004).

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