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W1 Professorships (Juniorprofessuren)

Working independently with their own budget

At the Ruhr-Universität we give outstanding young researchers the chance to work independently in research early on. We were therefore one of the first universities to start setting up W1 professorships.

Currently, more than sixty junior professors work in all of the university’s faculties. Like the other professors, they each have their own budget and their work is academically autonomous. Encouraged by the positive experiences of the first years, we are planning to set up further such posts.

Additional perspectives are available to the Bochum junior professors in the "Fokus Wissenschaftskarriere". All junior professors are invited to take part in this qualification and networking service, which includes, for example, theme nights on current aspects of working academic life such as teaching, appointments procedures, and family friendliness.