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Be our Young Researcher of the Year 2014!

For the eighth time, academics is awarding the Young Researcher of the Year.

Young Researcher of the Year

Award criteria

Since 2007, the No. 1 website for jobs in research and higher education in Germany has been honouring one young researcher each year who has had a lasting positive impact on research, higher education or R&D through outstanding commitment, visionary ideas or exemplary action.

The academics Young Researcher Award is presented to an individual. The competition is open to young researchers from any country, and active in any discipline, aged up to 35.

The winner will be announced in November.

Prize money

The award comes with a cash prize of 5,000 euros for uncommitted use.

Nomination and application deadlines

Nominations and applications must be submitted by 30th September 2014.


Nominations must be submitted in writing in German and/or English and must include:
  • the name of the applicant/nominee,
  • his/her university or research institution,
  • a brief outline of his/her previous career (Curriculum Vitae)
  • and a factual and informative description of the candidate's merits.

These documents (no more than 12 pages in total) should be sent to:
academics GmbH
"Young Researcher of the Year Award"
Speersort 1
20095 Hamburg

Selection Procedure

The winner will be selected by a jury convened for this purpose. The jury may also nominate a candidate who has not been suggested.

The jury consists of:
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jutta Binder-Hobbach, University of Applied Sciences Worms
  • Prof. Dr. Daniela Wawra, University Passau, Vice-President of the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Bradtke, HAW Hamburg
  • Prof. Dr. Werner Nau, Jacobs University Bremen
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Fabian Theis, Head of Institute at Helmholtz-Zentrum München


We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please e-mail your questions to:

Young Researcher of the Year 2013: Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej

Prof. Walid Maalej from the University of Hamburg has been honoured by academics as Young Researcher of the Year 2013. Maalej is a junior professor in the field of computer science, his research focusing on the interface between software engineering and the social aspects of computer science.

In addition to his own academic work, he also organises international workshops and is involved in 'Schotsteck', the Hamburger Programme for the Interactive Promotion of Talent and Careers.

Born in Tunisia, Maalej studied Computer Science and Economics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and received his PhD in Computer Science with summa cum laude. In 2012 he also received the SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award.

In addition to Walid Maalej, three more young researchers were recognised by academics:
Dr. Jan Lieder (Friedrich Schiller University Jena), Dr. Katja Siefken (Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand) and Dr. Romana Schirhagl (Department of Physics at ETM Zurich).

Young Researcher of the Year 2007-2012

  • 2012: Dr. Ingo Barth
  • 2011: Dr. Moritz Riede
  • 2010: Prof. Dr. Monika Golas
  • 2009: Dr. rer. pol. Julia Heidemann
  • 2008: PD Dr. med. Christoph Kleinschnitz
  • 2007: Prof. Dr. Klaus Wehrle