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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.

You will find all websites for junior professors via the blue navigation bar on the top of the page.

Information for junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen)

General framework and characteristics of a junior professorship (Juniorprofessur)

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).

Qualification opportunities for junior professors (Juniorprofessor*innen)

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


Awards and Funding

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. 

Graduate Center News

On 12./13.01.2022 Dr. Dieta Kuchenbrandt will offer the all-day online workshop for career planning, in particular regarding “careers in and outside of academics.” Please register at gradz(at)kw.uni-paderborn(dot)de!

Neuigkeiten des Graduiertenzentrums KW

„Am 17.01.2022, 18:00 - 19:30 findet die digitale Informations- und Diskussionsveranstaltung rund um das WissZeitVG gemeinsam mit Dr. Jörg Schröder von der Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft und mit Gerd Richter vom Wissenschaftler-Personalrat statt. Anmeldungen bitte an: gradz(at)kw.uni-paderborn(dot)de!“

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