Apart from professorships, there are few opportunities in Germany to work permanently in science. And yet it is precisely this work that is attractive to many: pursuing one's own questions, in exchange with others, on the ground of diverse literature, in the application and development of new methods. Competition and economic uncertainty are the downside of this dream job. Carla Hornberg and Silvio Suckow spent a year representing young scientists at the WZB. In an interview with Gabriele Kammerer and Kerstin Schneider, they talk about the motivation, concerns and demands of the next academic generation. The interview is in German language.