The Athene Young Investigators in December 2019, at an event hosted by then Vice President Prof. Mira Mezini. From left to right: Dr. Meike Saul, Dr. Juliane Krämer, Dr. Martin Grimmer, Dr. Johann Isaak, Dr. Michael Muma, Dr. Eric Grosse, Dr. Jurij Koruza, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Mira Mezini, Dr. Arash Asadi, and Dr. Tatiana Tatarenko.
(Missing: Dr. Xufei Fang and Dr. Philipp John)
The Athene Young Investigator Programme aims to qualify early career researchers for the post of university professor by
- increasing their scientific independence,
- supporting their commitment to teaching and to student supervision,
- offering special training to broaden their transferable skills and extracurricular qualifications,
- providing them with the opportunity to participate in academic self-administration,
- improving the visibility of their individual research profile.
All Athene Young Investigators are well integrated into their respective department at TU Darmstadt and are supported by experienced senior researchers. In addition, the university offers its Athene Young Investigators
- a funding period of 3+2 years,
- the privilege to supervise their own doctoral candidates,
- a discipline-specific budget for self-determined use (research expenses, conferences, travel expenses, stays abroad including childcare, further education opportunities, assistants, publication costs, etc.),
- opportunities for independent teaching,
- pay grade EG 14 TV-TU Darmstadt,
- training courses for extracurricular qualification (i.e., soft and transferable skills) for Athene Young Investigator specifically tailored to the needs of advanced junior researchers.
The Athene Young Investigator Programme has been conceptualised as a five-year, quality-assured programme, including an evaluation during the third year.
The competitive selection process is organised in two rounds and is overseen by the selection committee “Nachwuchsprogramme” which consists of six professors (representing all disciplines at TU Darmstadt) and the Gender Equality Officer, with the Vice President for Research and Early Careers acting as chair. In the first round, the committee pre-selects applicants whose proposals are then reviewed by external international reviewers.
Subsequently, candidates are invited for a personal introduction consisting of a 15-min. talk followed by a 20-min. interview. Based on the external reviews and on the interview, the committee then takes the final selection decision.
The applicant’s declared aim shall be to strive for a post as university professor. In addition, the applicant shall have and experience
- a (current or prospective) position in a department at TU Darmstadt,
- funding for a PhD position, either self-acquired or provided by the department (exceptions may apply),
- at least one year and at most five years of postdoc experience (compensation for maternity and/or parental leave, long sick leave etc. is possible),
- a doctorate completed with outstanding results,
- the engaged support of a supervisor with regard to the career goal “qualification for a professorship”
- scientific excellence by international standards (publications with significant own contribution, collaborations, awards, etc.),
- pedagogical aptitude for academic teaching,
- potential abilities to take on leadership and project management roles,
- substantial international research experience or substantial experience in the research division of a commercial enterprise.
- Offers provided by the Center for Educational Development and Technology
() “Hochschuldidaktische Arbeitsstelle”
- Towards Leadership – Young Academic Professionals Leadership Programme
- for advanced junior scientists applying for professorships, jointly organised by the WorkshopsRhine-Main Universities (RMU)
Next closing date for applications is November 15th, 2022. Next Athene Young Investigator appointments start on April 1st, 2023.
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