Independence of early career researchers (InCa)
Principal investigator: Grit Laudel
University: TU Berlin

Early career researchers need to become independent in order to realise long-term research plans. The three major career systems – chair system, lecturer system and tenure-track system – differ in the ways and in the extent to which they enable independent research. The tenure-track system is commonly believed to provide the best combination of independence for researchers and informed selection of researchers for permanent positions. However, comparative research of opportunities provided by entrance positions in the three career systems is still missing. In particular, functionally equivalent informal solutions for providing independence are likely to exist in all three systems. The aim of the project is to identify mechanisms that enable independent research by early career researchers in different career systems. In this project, we compare early careers in two research fields (AMO Physics and Theoretical Chemistry) in four research systems (Germany, UK, France, USA).