The University of Rostock focuses on the classification of career phases according to the Framework for Research Careers of the European Commission. Following the doctorate, the PostDoc phase represents the second orientation and qualification phase in the academic career. The University of Rostock includes all academics with doctoral degrees in the group PostDocs. Postdocs also include assistant professors.
During the PostDoc phase, the focus is on expanding scientific, technical and interdisciplinary competences. New fields of research and methods are developed, and complex research projects with a high degree of independence are designed and implemented. Presenting their own research achievements to the professional community and the general public is becoming increasingly important. Prerequisite is the independent recognition of scientific achievement for national and international research and for society. In this phase, PostDocs are increasingly taking more responsibility. The own scientific work becomes increasingly independent of the mentors.
During the PostDoc phase, it is important to develop your own career prospects within or outside of science and to qualify accordingly. However, the qualification to take on a lifetime professorship is still an important qualification goal in the PostDoc phase. The traditional way to call for a lifetime professorship is through a habilitation. The importance of habilitation remains high in a number of subjects and faculties. That is why this career path at the University of Rostock is and remains important. In addition, the career path of junior professorship with or without tenure track was also established at the University of Rostock. Depending on which qualification objective is pursued within or outside of science, PostDocs at the University of Rostock have a large number of funding formats and qualification offers at their disposal.