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The Junior Researcher Association

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The AU Junior Researcher Association Board

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Aims and objectives of the Junior Researcher Association

The Junior Researcher Association addresses the issues concerning the temporary academic staff at Aarhus University. Overall, we aim to improve the working conditions for junior researchers and work closely with the Aarhus University leadership and administration to achieve the best possible environment, making Aarhus University a more attractive place for postdoctoral training. 

We focus on:

  • Discussing and improving working conditions for junior researchers
  • Representing junior researchers from all faculties, schools, and departments of Aarhus University in political boards
  • Facilitating communication and networking between junior researchers within all faculties, schools, and departments of Aarhus University
  • Creating an intellectual framework (e.g., interdisciplinary collaboration) for junior researchers at Aarhus University.

Stuck in the postdoc svamp

In January, the new executive order on staff structure at Danish public research institutions, including universities, came into force.

The new version of the law clarifies that the staff categories assistant prof./researcher, associate prof./senior researcher, and professor are intended as a coherent university career path, and puts more focus on tenure track positions. However, in the JRA, we agree with the union DM’s recommendation that tenure track employment should be the rule rather than the exception. Also, there is still no clear career path for post docs and other staff between the level of PhD student and assistant professor. Importantly, the law states that universities must make career perspectives visible to scientific employees, especially those in temporary positions. This must happen through among other things, continuous dialogue with the individual employee on career paths both at and outside the university.

A link to the law is available here.

An English translation can be found here



2020.05.27 | AU Junior Researcher Association, Junior Researcher

Consequences of the Corona lock-down for junior researchers

Due to the lockdown of the university, many junior researchers have had to cancel or postpone field work, experiments, and other planned activities, making them unable to finish their projects in time.

2019.10.24 | AU Junior Researcher Association, Junior Researcher Track 1, Junior Researcher Track 2, Junior Researcher Track 3, Junior Researcher Track 4, Junior Researcher

"Stillingsstruktur" for academic staff at universities

The Junior Researcher Association's working group on Stillingsstruktur have met and summarized documents on the new announcement about "stillingsstruktur" for academic staff at universities. They will soon share their interpretation of danish academic restructuring proposal and how it effects you.

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