Core tasks: Definition and support of thematic and strategic areas of competence, R & D projects and project goals, management of major or strategic projects, coordination of project leaders, support of senior researchers and researchers in building their respective scientific competences, contact person for professors and leaders in other research institutions, publication of scientific work which the researcher can use for personal academic advancements, e.g. habilitation, review of internal and external publications, active and passive participation in professional events and training measures, acquisition of R & D projects.
Prerequisite: Elaboration or completion of a habilitation or comparable excellent success as a “senior scientist”, pronounced and holistic knowledge of fundamental concepts of tribology, a proven number of peer-reviewed publications with correspondingly frequent citations, internationally acknowledged in the core competence field, proven network with international scholars, multi-year experience in the scientific management of a group of researchers, ability to develop a core competence of the competence center and to generate a critical mass of activities, management skills, participation in training measures.
Training: according to individual needs.
Career path: ongoing deepening of the individual core competences, expansion of the activities to new core competence areas for the center, qualification for the career stage "scientific director".
Exit path: Researchers orient themselves with their core competence towards a spin-off or towards an external industrial or scientific function.