Measures to Advance Research Careers


All members of the RSIT and the Research Unit FOR 2738 are committed to the promotion and support of early-career researchers. In our understanding, this includes all non-tenured researchers, that is, junior professors, postdocs as well as PhD students. We also want to open our conferences and workshops to promising master students to get potential PhD students in touch with science and research. 

network activities

Given that all senior researchers are exceptionally well integrated into the scientific community, our early-career researchers have the best opportunities to become part of national and international  networks. In addition, our early-career researchers will greatly benefit from the network activities through which we structure the collaboration within the Research Unit. This, among others, also includes a mentoring network within the Research Unit. All senior researchers within the network will be available as mentors, and mentees will be matched to each of them. 


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All researchers within the RSIT and the Research Unit are exceptionally well integrated into numerous national and international research networks. Our early-career researchers have the best opportunities to receive various benefits from it. Six researchers are members of the CESifo research network, four are aliated with the Norwegian Centre for Taxation (NoCeT), and three with the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation (OUCBT). Among other things, these benefits may include research stays at prestigious foreign universities for advanced doctoral students and postdocs in order to become part of national and international networks.

Furthermore, doctoral students will be actively encouraged to participate in selected international summer schools and to present their work at relevant international conferences.

Fianlly, we set up a mentoring network within the RU. All senior researchers are available as mentors, and mentees are matched to each of them. The doctoral candidates greatly benefit from the coaching and support of senior researchers who might also serve as second supervisors. In most cases, each mentee is assigned to a mentor from a different university with the aim of further strengthening the interregional exchange.

workshop & summer schools

To strengthen the skills of our early-career researchers, we organise an annual two-day PhD workshop and a yearly summer school. The annual PhD workshop, for example, is directly targeted towards doctoral students and will serve as an academic platform where doctoral students practice their presentation skills by giving a talk about their research and have the opportunity to interact with senior researchers. See also our past events.

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Under the umbrella of the RSIT, we organise (i) an annual workshop for postdoctoral researchers and PhD student and (ii) a summer school for PhD students.

The two-day PhD workshop offers doctoral students an academic platform to present their research and to start building their own networks. It also includes a keynote lecture by one or two of the senior researchers of the Reasearch Unit. We already successfully organised such an event in October 2017 (PhD Conference on "Tax Policy in the Global Economy"). At this conference, held at the University of Tübingen, 11 doctoral students presented their research projects. Additionally, senior researchers presented their research projects at the beginning of each session. The workshops will provide a forum where junior researchers and leading scholars interact and exchange ideas in an informal context. This will also include, for example, a social event on the evening of the rst workshop day.

We are organise a yearly summer school at the University of Tübingen where we will invite renowned international scholars. The idea is that these scholars will provide state-ofthe- art lectures on methods in business and economics or courses on international taxation and/or multinational enterprises. Although targeted at our PhD students, we want to emphasise that we will open the conferences and workshops to other early-career researchers if capacities allow us to do so.


gender equality measures

All female researchers within the RSIT and the RU have committed themselves to act as mentors for our female doctoral students and postdocs. To create an open atmosphere to talk and discuss about women's issues, we offer opportunities for informal exchange and networking. This includes, for instance, a women's brunch at the beginning of the biennial conferences

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Equal opportunity is an essential requirement for academic performance and innovation. Given the comparatively low share of female professor in economics in Germany, we see it as our special responsibility to engage and invest in equal opportunity measures. With Valeria Merlo, Dominika Langenmayr and Nadine Riedel, we have three successful women in our research group who serve as role models not only with respect to their research, but also regarding their experience in combining their academic career with work and family.

The Athene-Programme established at the University of Tübingen supports female doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers by offering career-planning advice, professional coaching and seminars for the acquisition of key qualications. Furthermore, female guest professors are invited to teach for one semester in departments with only a few or no female professors as part of the Teaching Equality programme. These guest professors serve as role models for female students. Other elements of the programme are professional skills seminars for female students and lectures by women working professionally in academic or other elds. This can provide students with concrete perspectives for their own career planning during their studies and offer suggestions for their study and career design.

In addition to these university-wide programmes and resources, we encourage and support young female researchers within the RU at all stages of their career. Regarding prospective doctoral students and postdocs, and in line with the DFG recommendations, our target female share follows the female share in Masters' degrees in economics, which is about 50 percent (for Germany in 2014). We advertise the positions as familyfriendly and advise female students about their support options. The coordinator of the Research Unit regularily contacts the respective equal opportunity offices in each participating institution, gather information about their services, and help prospective female students to access those services at their respective institution. These services typically include home office support, childcare out of the regular operating hours of kindergartens, career promotion seminars and individual coaching.

Finally, the four female researchers within the Research Unit have committed themselves to act as mentors for our female doctoral students and postdocs. To create an open atmosphere to talk and discuss about women's issues (including, for example, issues of discrimination), the Research Unit offers opportunities for informal exchange and networking. This includes, for instance, a "women's brunch" at the beginning of the biennial conferences.


job market training

We support our PhD students in preparing for the international job market to become visible to the academic world. This includes, for example, job market workshops where candidates will have the opportunity to polish their CVs, practice their presentation skills and learn how to present themselves in job market interviews.

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We support our students in preparing for the international job market. More specifically, to become visible to the academic world, we will set up a section on "Job market candidates" under the website of the RSIT in the next years on which, following international practice, doctoral students can present themselves with their CVs and their papers to any interested academic institution recruiting assistant professors and postdoctoral researchers. In addition, we will organise two job market workshops during these six years where job market candidates will have the opportunity to polish their CVs, practice their presentation skills and learn how to present themselves in job market interviews.

All doctoral candidates within the Reasearch Unit will have access to the workshops offered by the Graduate Academy at the University of Tübingen. The Graduate Academy is the central structure for promoting doctoral and postdoctoral researchers as part of the University's institutional strategy. The Graduate Academy supports doctoral candidates professionally and systematically with workshops in three supradisciplinary areas: (i) research and responsibility, (ii) communication and management, as well as (iii) career development.