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ENET – the excellence track for high potentials

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The Erlangen-Nuremberg Excellence Track (ENET) is one of the fundamental aspects of our excellence strategy that aims to establish FAU as the university for the next generation of career researchers. With the help of our partners, we have put in place a best practice-based programme that offers alternative, transparent career paths for excellent young researchers and multi-organisation career development

Prof. Joachim Hornegger, FAU President

The ENET-LZE programme has been developed within the High Performance Centre for Electronic Systems (LZE)in a partnership between FAU, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology (IISB).

What makes the programme unique is the fact that the third institution involved is always a partner from the world of business. The partner in the first round is Siemens AG.

The target group consists of graduates in the early postdoctoral phase and individuals with many years of professional experience, ideally in the area of scientific project management.

Those selected are creative, innovative team players with good communication skills.

While being funded through the programme, the young researchers progress through the programme while performing their work in their own organisation.

Over a period of two years, excellent young researchers working on a joint project receive support from the initial idea through to market maturity.

What makes the ENET-LZE special is that, by means of its broad-based exchange concept, it provides young researchers with the opportunity to experience working in interdisciplinary and cross-organisational teams. They also gain insights into the perspectives and procedures of the other organisations.

The programme also offers participants the chance to:

  • Work on high-profile research projects
  • Establish an excellent network of contacts
  • Experience a unique form of career development
  • Decide on suitable career options in a targeted fashion.

The aim of the programme is to generate a value network across sectors for all organisations involved in the programme. This collaboration with the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Siemens AG will make it possible to generate a significant contribution towards driving innovation and unlocking new entrepreneurial potential that goes beyond that which could created within the individual institutions alone.

This will have the effect of enhancing the performance, attractiveness and visibility of the institutions involved and the local region.


However, there is no innovation without people. For new ideas, organisations need to attract people with the right skills. The ENET-LZE enables top-performing young researchers to broaden their horizons across the various specialist disciplines and organisations. This will make sure that the right people are in the right posts.

Prof. Albert Heuberger, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

The measures are diverse and are primarily designed to develop the participants’ networking abilities and soft skills, depending on their career aspirations. They include:

  • Individual coaching sessions with experienced trainers
  • Variable periods working in one of the partner organisations
  • Mentoring sessions
  • Seminars on the subjects of entrepreneurship, innovation management, leadership and research, communication and media
  • ENET-LZE networking meetings, during which the participants have the opportunity to present themselves to experts in their field and build up a network
  • ‘Fireside chats’ with high-ranking employees from the organisations involved
  • A symposium on research topics of the future with external and international guest speakers

Details of the application procedure for the next round starting in October 2018 will be published on this site six months prior to this date.

As soon as there is more specific information, it will be posted here.

For the partner organisations, participation means:

  • That they can play a part in innovative research
  • Develop an innovation network
  • Take advantage of a unique opportunity to recruit and develop the next generation of researchers.


For Siemens, the ENET-LZE offers the chance to create an edge in an environment characterised by an incredible speed of change. This is achieved through optimal collaboration in the research and development value chain, as well as through the networking of interdisciplinary teams.

Prof. Rolf Hellinger, Head of the ‘Power Electronics & Mechatronics’ technology sector at Siemens AG, Corporate Technology

Video of the launch event

Auftakt des Excellence Track des Leistungszentrums Elektroniksysteme