UNICO-Research Groups

University Industry Collaborative (UNICO) Young Investigator enables junior staff employed in industry to have a university connection to TU Darmstadt in the field of applied research and engineering science. They have access to extensive university research opportunities through a part-time position at TU Darmstadt. In addition, you can be involved in the supervision of doctoral candidates and in teaching. In addition to your career in industry, you will also have the opportunity to gain further academic qualifications.


UNICO Young Investigator

The UNICO Young Investigator Programme aims to promote the permeability between non-academic and academic careers for young engineers through

  • access to university research and related research infrastructure,
  • participation in applying for and carrying out university research projects with public funding bodies,
  • the publication of scientific results,
  • the integration into the supervision of doctoral candidates and the integration into teaching.

The structure of the programme

Selection process

Personal requirements

Offers for UNICO Young Investigator

Next call for proposals


UNICO-Research Groups

TU Darmstadt has introduced the University Industry Collaborative (UNICO) Research Groups especially for the area of industry-related engineering sciences. UNICO group leaders conduct research in close cooperation with industry and thus qualify for both an industrial career and a professorship.

By settling in a department, they benefit from the existing infrastructure and the industrial and university relationships of the department heads. The second call for proposals started in August 2017.

University Industry Collaborative (UNICO)-Research Groups are a new career model of TU Darmstadt for engineering scientists. The leadership of a junior research group offers the opportunity to conduct independent and applied research in close cooperation with industry and paves the way for a career in both industry and university. The engineering research groups are each assigned to a specialist area and thus benefit from the existing infrastructure and relationships with companies. In the 5 years (provided there is a positive interim evaluation), the candidates deepen their own scientific profile and develop leadership skills.

Following the concept of the UNICO Research Groups as part of the Excellence Initiative, two UNICO group leader positions were filled in 2012. The UNICO pilot project continued in August 2017 within the framework of a second call for proposals.

Existing UNICO Research Groups