HU does not plan to stop hiring post-docs

How do the Berlin universities deal with the controversial new legal regulations for post-doctoral students? Unlike the Freie Universität, the Humboldt-Universität does not want to impose a fundamental freeze on extensions and recruitment for the researchers concerned. This emerges from a statement by the HU Presidium, which was published internally at the university and which is available to the Tagesspiegel Habilitation must always be offered a follow-up job in the future. The HU Presidium supports “fundamentally all efforts to improve the career and life planning of young junior researchers”, the statement says: “However, the legal text leaves many questions unanswered.”

The University personnel structures are currently not geared towards these extensive changes. Without secure job growth, the conversion of qualification positions into permanent positions would “reduce” the chances for the next generations “Do not give a general hiring freeze at Humboldt University,” it continues. One wants to avoid “individual hardship”. Until November 1st, recruitment could take place without an explicit confirmation of follow-up.

After that, interim solutions apply. For the time being, post docs on budget positions should only be employed with other qualification goals, such as acquiring knowledge in the field of third-party funded research or qualification for an activity outside of science Job advertisements. Positions that are paid for by third-party funding are excluded from the rules the end. All employees of the HU are invited to “participate in the development of workable solutions”. The Academic Senate is planning to set up a working group to find long-term solutions.

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