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    Partners and programmes

    Partners and programs

    At Julius-Maximilians-Universität we believe that we must work together across the entire university to develop our workforce. This is why we have joined forces with inhouse experts that help us provide development and training opportunities that are tailored to the needs and aspirations of both our academic and our support staff.

    The Academic Staff Development team is responsible for matters relating to the training and development of researchers at all career levels. It assists the university Board in the strategic development of training and development initiatives for academic staff at all of JMU’s faculties. Its responsibilities include:

    • devising strategies as well as initiating and facilitating processes for academic staff development in collaboration with both internal and external partners
    • developing and implementing training and development tools for researchers
    • coordinating the implementation and evaluation of training and development initiatives for academic staff
    • enhancing training and development initiatives for early career researchers that also prepare them for alternative career paths
    • providing assistance and advice for bodies that are developing and implementing their own staff training and development initiatives
    • providing information and advice for academic staff members that are interested in training and development opportunities

    In cooperation with the University’s Staff Development Steering Committee and the University Board, the team at Unit 4.5 Support Staff Development develops and initiates projects relating to Support Staff Development at JMU’s central administration and its faculties:

    • executive staff, team and project leaders
    • administrative staff
    • lab and technical staff
    • trainees

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    • works in close partnership with organizational development as well as the university’s equal opportunity, health and safety, and conflict management teams..
    • provides advice and assistance on matters pertaining to staff development (the selection of new hires, staff training, career development, etc.).
    • plans, coordinates, and evaluates internal and external staff training courses.

    Staff Development works in close partnership with the Alumni Association of Julius-Maximilians-Universität, an international network of 40,000 alumni as well as employees and professors in more than 90 countries. Our alumni mentor early career researchers at JMU and help them explore their career options in research, industry, and society.

    The Career Centre helps all students and doctoral researchers that are enrolled at JMU launch their careers.

    The Dual Career Service at JMU’s Welcome Centre offers advice and support to help the spouses and partners of newly-hired professors find jobs in the greater Main Franconia region.

    The team at JMU’s Dual Career Service will be happy to help you find suitable vacancies, professional development opportunities, and language courses, apply for jobs, and become familiar with the local job market and job opportunities.

    Reconciling work and family life

    JMU is committed to providing students and staff members that have family commitments or consider starting a family with family-friendly work arrangements and the support they need.

    The team at Family Services provides advice and support for students and staff members with family commitments. For more information and advice that is tailored to your personal circumstances, please get in touch with the Family Services Team.

    True to its motto ‘Science for Society’, Julius-Maximilians-Universität is committed to advancing research in fields that are relevant for the future. You need help attracting funding for your research or preparing a project proposal? You have questions regarding technology transfer or an invention that you have made? The following bodies are happy to help you with these and other research-related issues:

    JMU provides additional DFG funded career development support for female researchers in DFG coordinated programs. The support programs are organized by the Gender Consulting Team at the Office of JMU’s Women’s Representative in cooperation with the SCIENTIA career development programme. They are delivered in either English or German and are aimed at female early career researchers in DFG coordinated programs at different levels of qualification.

    Julius-Maximilian's-Universität is committed to promoting and enhancing the health of its employees.

    Initiatives in the area of health promotion include JMU’s annual Employee Health and Wellbeing Day, the "Fit im Büro" health seminar for office staff as well as the University Sport courses.


    JMU’s ProfiLehre program offers a broad range of practice-oriented seminars, workshops, and talks that provide lecturers with an opportunity to enhance their teaching skills. In addition, the program offers training courses that prepare teaching staff for leadership roles in academia and help them reach their personal teaching goals.

    The <link ueber universitaet internationalisierung internationaler-mentor internal-link>Internationale Mentor is the ombudsperson of Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg for international students, researchers, and support staff.

    Responsibilities of the International Mentor:

    • He/she is independent and unbiased and advocates the rights of said individuals vis-a-vis JMU and external institutions, authorities, etc.
    • The International Mentor offers information and advice tailored to the needs of international students, researchers and support staff.
    • He/she is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of those who use his/her services and also offers anonymous counselling when needed.

    Services provided by the Mentor include mediation and constructive conflict resolution.

    JMU provides support for staff members who wish to complete teaching or training visits to (partner) universities abroad.

    Staff Mobility for Teaching Assignment (STA)

    The ERASMUS+ Teaching Staff Mobility – STA program of the European Union provides financial support for JMU staff to spend between two days and two months teaching at a higher education institution abroad.

    The Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Training (STT) program supports the professional development of university staff in the form of training visits to higher education institutions in program countries.

    The Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF) supports interdisciplinary projects relating to its research interests, fosters the development of early career researchers in medicine, and works towards improving the structural conditions for clinical research in Würzburg. Peer review processes and the transparent management of funds help ensure the Center’s competitiveness and the efficiency of its internal research management.

    Conflict management

    The conflict management initiatives of JMU look at the roles and responsibilities of employees, both those that are and those that are not in leadership positions, in the area of conflict resolution. The teams at Conflict Management Services and other points of contact provide competent assistance with issues surrounding workplace conflict. Whether or not you are holding a leadership position, our conflict prevention and management courses will strengthen you in your role.

    The Council of Academic Staff represents the interests of the university’s non-professorial academic staff (research associates, staff with lifetime appointment into civil service, externally funded staff, etc.).

    The University Hospital’s MENTORING med program is run by the Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with the faculty’s Women’s Representative and the Vice Dean for the Advancement of the Careers of Female and Early Career Researchers. Offered in two different formats, the program provides holders of doctorates in medicine with an opportunity to network, develop their careers, and receive mentoring and support.

    MENTORING med One-to-One exclusively for female mentees. Experienced mentors provide one-to-one mentoring, open doors to important networks, and help mentees plan and advance their careers.

    MENTORING med PEER for both male and female mentees. Accompanied by mentors, mentees regularly meet with their peers to plan their careers, exchange experiences, and discuss their personal career goals as well as opportunities for collaboration.

    Julius-Maximilians-Universität is participating in the nationwide ‘PROMI – Promotion inklusive’ project that promotes the success of doctoral researchers with disabilities. The project provides doctoral training opportunities for 45 severely handicapped researchers at universities all across Germany. The doctoral researchers are employed on three-year part-time contracts (0.5 FTE, pay grade TV-L 13) on the regular labor market; their employment is subject to social insurance contributions. The project, which has a total duration of 5.5 years, is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. JMU considers participation in the project a great opportunity to raise public awareness on the obstacles highly-qualified individuals with disabilities face as well as to enhance the independence and self-determination of severely handicapped researchers. JMU has employed four doctoral researchers under the PROMI project. For more information, please click here.


    The SCIENTIA career development programme helps female early career researchers plan their careers and prepares them for leadership roles. Divided into four subprogrammes, SCIENTIA provides participants with both financial support and access to mentoring, coaching and/or qualification measures that will help them develop the skills needed for a career in research.

    JMU's Women’s Representative provides the University’s students and academic staff with information and advice on all matters pertaining to gender equality and career development in academia and research. She provides advice and support for employees experiencing discrimination, sexual harassment, or conflicts in the workplace and advises the University Board on matters relating to gender equality in the context of staff training and development.

    JMU’s four Graduate Schools (GS of Life Sciences, GS of the Humanities, GS of Science & Technology, GS of Law, Economics & Society) offer structured doctoral training that equips highly-qualified researchers with both discipline-specific and generic skills and provide doctoral candidates with guidance and mentoring that is tailored to their needs.

    JMU’s Welcome Centre is the central point of contact for newly-hired professors and international researchers. We are happy to help you get settled into your new job and your life in Würzburg.

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you or your family need help

    • finding housing,
    • finding childcare providers or schools for your children,
    • completing administrative formalities,
    • finding a job for your spouse or partner, or
    • finding information on the German healthcare system, taxes, insurance, etc.