Independence in research

As an advanced post-doc, you will have opted for one of the many paths open to you at this stage of your career: You are the head of a junior research group, a research fellow at the Zukunftskolleg, a junior professor or a junior lecturer. Or perhaps you are currently working on your “Habilitation” (post-doctoral qualification) project or acquiring comparable qualifications whilst being employed as an academic staff member at one of our chairs.

You already have gathered experience in a number of academic areas. At this stage of your career you will need to press ahead with your Habilitation or any equivalent qualifications and complete them. In addition, you might assume your first leadership responsibilities, successfully secure external funding and consolidate your teaching experience.

Soon, you will apply for a lifetime professorship and work towards enlarging your academic network and increasing your visibility within the scientific community.

You can apply for “Independent Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Konstanz” status in line with the University of Konstanz’s Code of Practice for Academics between Doctoral Studies and Professorship. Junior researchers with a doctoral degree and the proven desire to carry out independent research, aiming at an academic career, may submit their funding application to the Young Scholar Fund.

Due to the variety of tasks that you will need to perform, good time management skills and an adequate work / life balance are essential.


Our welcome talks will give you the best possible start at our university and are open to junior professors, fellows of the Zukunftskolleg and post-doctoral researchers working at the cluster of excellence. Incoming international researchers might find the “Introduction to the German Higher Education System” very helpful. The rector hosts a reception to welcome new junior professors.

Coaching and advice

We offer career advice and coaching on managing your career portfolio, assembling and leading your team and applying for professorships.

Qualification for post-docs

Take part in our workshops and upgrade your skills in fields such as leadership, teaching competency and time management.


We have two certificates on offer that will allow you to acquire and document your leadership, management and knowledge transfer and university didactics skills, useful for future applications.

University didactics

We guide and support university lecturers in all questions and issues surrounding the topic of teaching. Our teaching competency services include various custom workshops as well as individual and flexible advisory services. Your are responsible for a study programme or for modules? We will gladly provide advice on structures and processes.


Sign up to one of the University of Konstanz’s mentoring programmes or the state-wide MuT mentoring programme and benefit from our experienced mentors’ expertise on careers both inside and outside academia.

Alternative career paths

Our workshops and lecture series, the “Führung, Management, Wissenstransfer” (leadership, management, knowledge transfer) certificate, our advice and coaching services and the “Career Connect” mentoring scheme will help you pursue a career in industry and society.