In the field of natural and life sciences as well as in biomedicine, such a temporal arrangement of the R1 and R2 qualification phases (PhD and postdoc) would give PhDs the opportunity to develop first project successes in the form of data sets, publications and independently acquired research funds or to develop an expert profile for career goals besides the professorship (e.g. in industry or in the academic middle class). However, we share the concern of the Alliance of Science Organizations that a limitation of the postdoc phase to 4 years would lead to an exodus of scientists abroad and to a dramatic loss of the quality of research in the natural and life sciences and in biomedicine in Germany.
The undersigned professional societies continue to hold the view that the proposed possible time limit of the R3 phase of two years on the career path to professorship is clearly too short, and endorse the call of the Alliance of Science Organizations (see statement of 16.06.2023) for a flexible time limit framework of the R3 phase of up to six years. This is the only way to enable the scientific profile development required for an appointment to a professorship or comparable positions, including independent publications, third-party funding and teaching participation. At the same time, it prevents senior positions in science in Germany from being filled only by scientists (returning) from abroad due to the unlimited qualification phases abroad.
In addition, we consider the planned minimum contract period of one year for studyaccompanying employees (HiWis) to be inappropriate due to often significantly shorter teaching formats such as block internships and semester courses, and we also advocate here for more practicable and flexible framework conditions that benefit students and teachers alike.
Finally, we again point out that the intended amendment of the WissZeitVG will not create more permanent positions. This can only be achieved through a significant increase in permanent funding for the basic financing of universities and non-university institutions.
German Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM)
Anatomical Society (AG)
German Society for Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology (DGPT)
German Society for Extracellular Vesicles (GSEV)
German Society for Medical Psychology (DGMP)
German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ)
German Pharmaceutical Society (DPhG)
German Physiological Society (DPG)
Society for Developmental Biology (GfE)
Society for Genetics (GfG)
Society for Microscopy and Image Analysis (GerBI-GMB)
Society for Signal Transduction/Signal Transduction Society (STS)
Society for Virology (GfV)
Neuroscience Society (NWG)
The undersigned professional societies represent more than 25,000 members in the natural and life sciences and biomedicine
Prof. Dr. Volker Haucke
President of the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology e.V.