Careers in Academia
Career Paths and Job Application
Doctoral candidates who wish to pursue an academic career should ideally take time during their doctoral studies to familiarize themselves with possible career routes (postdoc, habilitation, junior professorship, leadership of a junior research group, etc.), funding opportunities and the framework conditions of academic systems in Germany and abroad.
Various institutions provide information on their websites on the subject of academic careers. These include:
- Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
- German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV)
- German Education Server
- Postdoc, Habilitation, Professur (academics)
- Research in Germany
The GraduateCenterLMU offers doctoral candidates and postdocs regular workshops on the subject of "Karriere in der Wissenschaft". These workshops provide basic information on the academic system, on funding and employment opportunities, and on developing an academic career. It also organizes job application workshops for doctoral candidates and postdocs.
The LMU Center for Leadership and People Management offers career workshops for postdocs.
For female junior academics who aspire to a professorship, the LMU University Women's Representative provides the LMU Extra program with advisory, networking and further training offers. These include workshops to help candidates prepare for giving trial lectures.
The Jobline LMU web portal offers advice on completing job applications in English and preparing for job interviews held in English.
The Konvent der wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der LMU provides information and organizes events for academic concerns.
LMU Munich posts vacancies on its website.
The LMU Research Funding Office offers advice and support to junior academics who are in the final stages of their doctoral studies or in the postdoc phase, helping them to identify suitable funding opportunities and apply for external funding. FiT (Information on Research Funding), a publication which is issued regularly, provides up-to-date information on research funding and is geared towards the concerns of academics at LMU. The office also organizes regular information sessions and workshops on the subject of external funding.
In the LMUMentoring program, mentors support top junior academics on their career path towards professorship.