RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen)

RWTH Junior Principal Investigator (JPI) - Junior Research Group Leader

RWTH Aachen University (RWTH Aachen)

Aachen, Germany

Our Profile
RWTH Aachen University is one of Germany´s pre-eminent Universities of Excellence, as reflected in the highest quality of teaching and world-class research. RWTH addresses bold, scientific questions and assumes a profound responsibility toward society and knowledge transfer into meaningful applications. RWTH strives for the convergence of knowledge, methods, and findings from its research fields and integrates in-depth disciplinary knowledge into interdisciplinary research consortia represented as Profile Areas.
RWTH is now inviting excellent and experienced early career researchers to apply for 6 Junior Principal Investigator (JPI) fellowships. Support is provided for a period of four, with an optional fifth, year. The program is designed to attract and support stellar researchers with international experience. Applications from women as well as others whose background and experience enrich the culture of the university are particularly encouraged.

The fellowships offer early-in-career high-potential researchers an exceptional opportunity to sharpen their research profile. The experience is designed to prepare them for success in highly competitive grant programs as well as to enhance their career prospects of becoming a professor.

Your Profile

  • Completed doctoral degree within the last three years
  • Strong academic record including publications in peer-reviewed journals, invited lectures, conference presentations and research awards
  • At least two years of research experience outside of Germany

Your Duties and Responsibilities
Although the fellowships are awarded based on an open call for proposals, JPIs will
be associated with a specific RWTH institution or Profile Area and are expected to
establish a strong presence there and strengthen the relationships between labs.
JPIs are expected to:

  • develop a T-shaped profile, build strong networks, shape emerging fields and produce high-impact publications.
  • take advantage of the unique opportunities provided by the University´s Profile Areas and strategic alliances.
  • help foster new interdisciplinary collaborations.
  • supervise doctoral candidates.

Our Offer
The position is four years and is to be filled by July 01, 2020.
This is a full-time position.
The salary corresponds to level TV-L 14 (German public service salary scale);
additional funding for one full-time doctoral candidate and a budget for consumables
of the German public service salary scale (TV-L).

Contact Person
For further details, please contact Prof. Dr. Doris Klee Tel.: +49 (0) 241-8090221

For further information, please visit our website at:

Please send your application by February 26, 2020 to the ERS online portal:
Junior Principal Investigator fellowships 2020

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candidates regardless of gender. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled persons
and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair
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Please apply via recruiter’s website.