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Our HR Strategy

The University of Cologne’s success in the German Excellence Initiative in 2012 has inspired a dynamic process in research as well as in the improvement of the university’s human resources management. The aim is to attract the best minds through an inspiring work environment, excellent working conditions and attractive career paths. All strategic developments in this area are directed by the Rectorate, in particular the Vice-Rector for Academic Staff and Early Career Researchers.

 

Strategic Guidelines for Career Paths in the Post-Doc Stage

The University of Cologne’s Strategic Guidelines for Career Paths in the Post-Doc Stage delineate transparent and clearly defined career tracks within the university with three specializations: research, teaching and research management. The guidelines serve as an orientation for early stage researchers for their career planning.

They also clarify objectives of post-doctoral appointments and form the basis of a more elaborated evaluation and appraisal system, spelling out the job profiles and pre-conditions for long-term employment at the university. The Strategic Guidelines encourage a transparent, quality-oriented and competitive recruitment. On this basis, the faculties have developed policies on permanent positions. The reform will significantly enhance the transparency, reliability and quality control of long-term employment at the University of Cologne.

HRS4R: Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

The University of Cologne supports the initiative of the European Commission to improve working conditions for researchers and to ensure attractive research careers within the European Research Area. A continuous enhancement of working conditions and career opportunities is one of the top priorities of this university.

Having endorsed the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, the University of Cologne has applied for the HR Excellence in Research Award. Please consult our HRS4R Action Plan for our goals and actions.

We welcome the opportunity of internal analysis and external evaluation in the framework of the HRS4R and aim at embedding this process in the wide array of current activities in the area of human resources. By implementing the Charter and Code, the University of Cologne aims at attracting the most outstanding researchers within the European Research Area and beyond.

Tenure Track

The broader use of tenure track positions for assistant and associate professors as well as independent group leaders and other postdoctoral researchers is a central element in the university’s career development strategy for advanced researchers.

The Institutional Strategy of the Excellence Initiative formally established the tenure track procedure in 2013. It has since been continuously expanded. In 2018, our Appointment Regulations, our Regulations for Quality Assurance in Tenure Track Procedures at the University of Cologne and our Principles of the University of Cologne on Questions of Conflict of Interest have been thoroughly revised.

The University of Cologne was highly successful in the competitive funding through the Tenure Track Programme of the German Federal Government and the Federal States for new tenure track professorships. The additional funding of this programme leads to 27 new tenure track professorships in the course of 2018 to 2020. New calls for applications are posted in our Academic Job Portal.

 

Contract on Good Employment Conditions

The University of Cologne has committed to the Contract on Good Employment Conditions. Its implementation led to adapting a number of HR-related policies and adopting Guidelines on Good Employment Conditions for Early-Stage Researchers