The Technische Universität München (TUM) has started a career system for young scientists that will serve as a forerunner in Germany. The TUM Faculty Tenure Track System offers outstanding talents early independence as assistant professors and clear prospects based on performance: If they meet demanding evaluation criteria, they advance after six years to the status of associate professor, which brings with it a permanent position at the W3 salary level.
If they fall short of this goal, the career at TUM is ended. For those who succeed, the way is open for a later promotion to full professor. By the year 2020, TUM will establish and staff 100 new professorships with tenure-track first appointments. In the process, the TUM faculty will expand by around 20 percent, becoming younger and more international, with a higher proportion of women. W1 and permanent W2 professors will no longer be newly appointed.