We are an expert unit providing service & information to 350 postdoctoral researchers in temporary contracts - as well as to all those who work with them. Depending on the academic branch, they make up between 9% and 48% of the research staff. We aim to support members of this staff group in maintaining optimal conditions for their work and in promoting their professional development. We also aim to make the potential and performance of this highly productive group of researchers more visible. A central element of our measures is the strengthening of these researchers’ institutional and international networks so they can further establish themselves as independent and self-reliant scholars with an internationally competitive profile.
The offers and services of the PostDoc Office were developed on the basis of a needs assessment with 100 researchers and have been available since January 2022. They include financial grants, mentoring formats, skills training, public events that focus on postdocs, networking and information events for the target group, personal advice and external coaching offers.
In addition to the PostDoc Office, the expert unit includes the Doctoral Academy and the Arqus Workpackage 7 (PhD Pursuit). We are assigned to the Vice-Rector for Internationalisation and Gender Equality and, as an initiative of the Vice-Rector for Research, we also work closely with him.