Welcome to the pages for junior professors at the Faculty of Cultural Studies!

The junior professorship enables academics with an outstanding doctorate to make a seamless transition into research and teaching at scientific universities. After successful evaluation, it offers the option of a tenure track position or, without a tenure track, the qualification for a lifetime professorship.

The prerequisites for appointment to a junior professorship are usually an outstanding doctorate and, if applicable, further academic achievements as well as pedagogical-didactic aptitude. Further subject-specific qualifications may be required.

Junior professors are appointed for a fixed term in a quality-assured appointment procedure. The appointment is initially for three years. In the third year, an interim evaluation takes place, which decides whether the person has proven themselves as a university teacher and whether the junior professorship will be extended for another three years. The focus of the evaluation is on research and teaching performance, but activities within the framework of academic self-administration are also taken into account.

Although junior professors belong to the group of university teachers in terms of cooperation law, they are at the same time still assigned to the field of academics in qualification phases due to their qualifications and temporary status. Assignment to the group of university teachers results in basically identical rights and obligations as for permanent professorships. Junior professors conduct research and teach independently, participate in academic self-administration and have the right to supervise doctoral students. However, the teaching duties are lower for W1 professorships (4 SWS in the 1st phase, 5 SWS after successful interim evaluation).

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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Equality & Diversity

Are you interested in topics relating to equality and diversity? On our "Equality & Diversity" website, you will find information on the services offered by the central Equal Opportunities Officer 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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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