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Early-career researchers

The LMU Postdoc Survey

München, 04/01/2014

LMU places particular emphasis on the professional development of early-career researchers, and has created an extensive package of measures for this purpose. In order to cater even more effectively for the needs of young academics, the University is planning to update its range of support structures in this area. To help guide this restructuring, LMU will conduct a university-wide survey of LMU post-docs in the coming weeks. Its aim is to obtain a broad-based and accurate picture of the range of career paths and perspectives, and the overall level of job satisfaction, among post-doctoral researchers who do not hold a professorship.

In addition to gathering demographic data on the composition of the group as a whole, the survey will include questions relating to conditions of employment and modes of financing, the quality of professional supervision and career development, and patterns of utilization of the current set of support and training programs. The survey will also address the issue of work-life balance, as well as working and living conditions in general.

The survey is being undertaken by the Executive Board of LMU with the technical support of the Institute for Communication Science and Media Research. Following an internal evaluation, the results will be published as part of a comprehensive report.

More than 1,300 junior academics at LMU will have received an e-mail today from the University’s President, Professor Bernd Huber. If you belong to the group concerned and would like to take part in the survey, but have not received such a mail, please register via the link given below.

It is in everyone’s interest that as many postdocs as possible should participate in the survey. As a further incentive, all those who complete the survey questionnaire will be entered in a draw for one of 10 LMU Traveling Fellowships, worth 1,000 euros each.