FAQ: TUM Faculty Recruitment and Career System

All you need to know about TUM’s Faculty Recruitment and Career System, with special focus on the new TUM Faculty Tenure Track program.

TUM is the first university in Germany to introduce a performance-driven, step-up faculty recruitment and career system. Building on international best practice and transparent performance criteria, it offers merit-based academic career paths for high-potential young scientists and researchers with a proven track record.

Which career opportunities does a professorship at TUM offer?

  • Tenure Track Assistant Professorship: The initial appointment to the position of Tenure Track Assistant Professor (pay scale W2) is limited to six years but always with the option of tenure. This option means that after a positive tenure evaluation in the final year, the candidate will be promoted to the position of Associate Professor. Tenure Track Assistant Professorships come with a reduced teaching load. The assistant professor is supported by a mentoring team during the six-year tenure phase.
  • An Associate Professorship is a tenured position. Associate Professors may subsequently be promoted to the position of Full Professor. This further promotion requires successful completion of a post-tenure performance review, which can take place after a period of three years at the earliest following the initial promotion to Associate Professor (post tenure performance phase)
  • Full professors have a permanent contract and are on pay scale W3. They are leading international academics in their discipline and typically have an outstanding academic teaching record.

Applying for TUM Faculty Tenure Track professorship

For early-career scientists

Tenure Track: the career path

It is the first true tenure-track system based on international standards at a German university: the TUM Faculty Tenure Track, which leads to a permanent W3 professorship upon successful evaluation.

All important information about the tenure-track phase, available resources, and on how we support our young talents in their personal development to become researchers with an international reputation.

Details on TUM's tenure track

Do you have any questions? Contact us

Technical University of Munich
Faculty Recruitment, Career Advancement and Dual Career
Arcisstr. 21
D-80333 Munich
facultyrecruitingspam prevention@tum.de

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Documents on the faculty recruitment and career system at TUM

TUM Faculty Recruitment and Career System

Regulations on the TUM Faculty Tenure Track

TUM Faculty Recruitment Code of Conduct

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