Support for early-career researchers

The promotion of young researchers is a central building block in the strategic programs of all  participating universities. The various measures are directed to comprehensively preparing young scientists for their future roles, both inside and outside academia. These measures rely on structured graduate-education programs and involve more than ten graduate schools and research training groups in chemistry, biology, and physics alone, and dedicated strategies for staff recruitment and development, including internationally competitive tenure options, the comprehensive  support of the Einstein Center of Catalysis (EC²), and institutional support for start-up initiatives (Chemical Invention Factory, CIF). This infrastructure provides an excellent basis for UniSysCat’s commitment to the broad interdisciplinary education of graduate students and the support and encouragement of postgraduates to pursue career routes in academia and industry.

The Einstein Center of Catalysis (EC²): ‘BIG-NSE 2.0’ and graduate education on a higher level of interdisciplinarity

Within UniSysCat, the BIG-NSE will be continued and further developed under the umbrella of the Einstein Center of Catalysis (EC²), funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin, throughout the entire funding period of UniSysCat. The EC² is dedicated to strengthening modern catalysis research by bundling the rich expertise in the Berlin region and generating novel synergies. Thus, the concept of the EC², although linked to the program of UniSysCat, is not restricted to the traditional research fields in catalysis, but aims to inspire, initiate, and promote (i.e., catalyze) novel collaborations between research networks and institutions in Berlin on cutting-edge projects in chemistry and the molecular life sciences that may, in turn, open new directions for future catalysis research.

Supporting young researchers at the post-graduate level

While the EC² will focus on supporting graduate students, UniSysCat will increase its efforts to promote career development after the PhD degree by

  • one-year appointments awarded to outstanding PhD students after finishing their PhD as an opportunity to write and submit a proposal for a postdoctoral stay abroad.
  • attracting  outstanding young scientists from outside for junior research group (JRG) leader positions to continue their academic careers in Berlin (primarily pre-evaluated excellent Emmy-Noether or Sofia-Kovalevskaja awardees or ERC starting grant holders, specifically female scientists).
  • newly founded ‘Chemical Invention Factory (CIF)’ – The John Warner Center for Start-ups in Green Chemistry with the prime objective to enable young graduates of UniSysCat and its partners to reach the first start-up phase i.e., to establish a new company based on their own results in sustainable chemistry.


Managing Director /
BIG-NSE office

Dr. Jean-Philippe Lonjaret
+49 (0)30 314-23150
+49 (0)30 314-28594
more: BIG-NSE 2.0 / EC2

Postal address BIG-NSE Office:
Technische Universität Berlin
BIG-NSE Office, Office BEL 4
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

Visiting address BIG-NSE Office:
Technische Universität Berlin
Villa Bell, Room BEL 206
Marchstr. 6-8, 10587 Berlin