Responsible staffing policies at universities – For the Promotion of Young Scientists - Analysis and Consulting
Facts and Findings
The situation of scientists in early career phases has long been the subject of controversy.
has long been the subject of controversial debate. There are no simple solutions to the obvious problems do not exist. The intended amendment of the Act on Temporary Scientific Contracts can only improve the framework conditions selectively; more comprehensive reforms are needed in the science system. Against this background, it is necessary to involve all relevant actors in the discussion.
Better framework conditions not only benefit scientists, but also strengthen the competitiveness of universities. Universities should pursue a responsible human resources policy that takes into account, on the one hand, their interest in quality- and performance-oriented academic competition and, on the other hand, the need of young scientists for career paths that are easier to plan.
Early-stage scientific careers will always be associated with uncertainties. Young scientists should therefore be prepared to take a certain amount of risk and consider possible alternative career paths outside academia.
The Act on Temporary Scientific Contracts, which regulates the necessary fixed-term contracts in science, must not be made too rigid. A further shortening of the maximum duration of fixed-term contracts would have significant disadvantages.
Tenure-track positions are often discussed as a good way to improve the predictability of scientific careers. However, they are not a panacea. Their disadvantages must not be lost sight of.
The entire interview "Verantwortliche Personalpolitik an Universitäten. Was hilft Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler in frühen Karrierephasen?" can be read here as a PDF. The publication is only available in German.
The questions were asked by Dr Norbert Arnold, expert on science, technology and ethics in the Analysis and Consulting Department at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.
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