Welcome to the website for junior professors at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities!

The junior professorship enables young researchers with a doctoral degree a seamless transition into research and teaching at academic institutions of higher education (if appointed with a junior professorship). After a successful evaluation, it offers the option or the opportunity to qualify for a lifetime professorship. Find more information on the tenure track professorship.

The contents of the page area for junior professors can be found by clicking on "Menu" in the upper right corner.

Information for junior professors

The prerequisites for the appointment to a junior professorship (Juniorprofessur) generally include a very good or outstanding doctoral degree and possibly other academic achievements as well as qualifications in pedagogy and didactics. Further subject-specific qualifications may be required.

Junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) are appointed for a fixed term on the basis of an appointment procedure following specific quality assurances. The appointment is initially for three years. In the third year, an interim evaluation takes place, which determines whether the person has demonstrated their ability as a university teacher and whether the junior professorship (Juniorprofessur) will be extended for three more years. This evaluation focuses on research and teaching performance, but also takes into account academic self-administration tasks.

According to cooperation law, junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) belong to the group of university teachers, but due to their qualifications and their temporary status, they are also classified as postdocs/young academics. Due to their assignment to the group of university teachers, they generally have the same rights and obligations as permanent professors. Junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) independently conduct research and teaching, they are involved in academic self-administration and have the right to supervise doctoral candidates. In the case of W1 professorships, however, the teaching obligations are lower (4 weekly hours per semester in the first phase, 5 weekly hours per semester after a successful interim evaluation).

A selection of qualification opportunities specifically for junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen) and other people in leadership positions:

Find all services and support for junior professors on the Staff Development homepage.

Please find information on awards on science and teaching as well as funding programs for research and travel.

For female junior professors, there is an opportunity to receive support through academic staff positions as part of the Equal Opportunities Concept. 

The next events of the GKW

16.10.2023, 14:00-17:00: KW writes better together.
19.10.2023, 16:00-17:30: Informal knowledge about the higher education system.

For more information on the events, please see the posters below.

All UPB events can be found in our calendar of events sorted by status group.

Newsletter of the GKW

Our subscribable newsletter informs you about news from the field of the Graduate Centre (events, deadlines, project announcements, etc.).

Email distribution list

You will receive all relevant information for your status group once a week via the respective status group distribution lists for doctoral candidates, postdocs and junior professors. You are welcome to send requests for admission to our e-mail address.

Further information

Formalities and framework conditions

Are you interested in a junior professorship at KW of UPB? Our web pages on "Formalities and framework conditions" will give you an initial overview.

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Are you interested in possible financing options and funding during your junior professorship? On our web pages on the topic of "Financing" we give you an overview of various financing options.

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You would like to exchange ideas about your own career? Do you want to take part in coaching sessions as well as training courses for further education? On our web pages on the topic of "Careers" you will find links to programmes and opportunities to find out about your career options.

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Are you planning a stay abroad as a junior professor at UPB? On our web pages on the topic of "International Affairs" you will find an initial overview of formalities and also have access to checklists for planning your stay.

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Are you interested in topics related to gender equality? On our web pages on the topic of "Gender Equality" you will find information about the offers of the central gender equality officers as well as an overview of possible contact points and contact persons.

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Conflict counselling

Are you looking for contact persons and contact points in the context of conflict counselling? On our web pages on the topic of "Conflict Counselling" you will find possible contacts as well as information on conflict counselling at Paderborn University and specifically at the Faculty of Cultural Studies.

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Scientific work

Are you looking for information on research methods, good scientific practice and research ethics? Are you planning a scientific conference and want to get an overview of planning steps? We are happy to help you on our web pages on the topic of "Scientific Work".

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Interest groups

Are you looking for contact persons or institutions with whom you can discuss your interests and wishes? You can find more information on our web pages on the topic of "Interest groups".

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We are happy to help:

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Dr.in Anda-Lisa Harmening

Graduate Center of the Faculty of Arts and Humanites

Consultations for PhD-Students and Postdocs

Write email +49 5251 60-3913