Profile of a postdoctoral researcher

A postdoctoral researcher

1. Rights

  • can count on the guidance of the supervisor (for research projects) or the head of the research unit (for individual fellowships), but takes on an important role himself that is commensurate with his advanced research capacity and the degree of autonomy, which will be greater for individual fellowships than for projects;
  • is entitled to the material preconditions for conducting his research, for which the supervisor is responsible;
  • is assisted by the supervisor and/or the head of the research unit with the integration into the research unit, but makes his own contribution in this respect to the best of his abilities;

2. Duties

  • takes sufficient initiative and makes sufficient efforts to ensure the successful progress of the postdoctoral research;
  • reports problems or challenges as quickly as possible to the supervisor, the head of the research unit and/or other parties involved for the purpose of solving them as efficiently as possible;
  • complies with the generally accepted standards of research integrity;
  • ensures that his research data are stored securely and durably, taking into account the specific characteristics of the discipline and the nature of the research;
  • helps ensure, with the support from the supervisor, that research results are published when they are ready, and is entitled to recognition as (co-)author according to the common practice within the discipline;
  • seizes the opportunities offered by the supervisor and/or the head of the research unit and others to take part in suitable research networks and, where possible and appropriate, assists in developing such networks.