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.
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.
Applicants for a Tenure Track Assistant Professorships are candidates who have demonstrated initial scientific achievements (e.g. by being a successful postdoc for in general a maximum of 6 years) and the capacity for independent research at the highest international level.
Applicants for an Associate Professorships are candidates with high potential and outstanding scientific experience and qualifications, as demonstrated by achievements in research and teaching at the highest international level.
Applicants for Full Professorships are candidates with an exceptional international research and teaching reputation and an established academic record through an internationally recognized research program.
Regardless of the career level and in accordance with Art. 57 and Art. 60 (3) of the requirements for the employment of professors at universities in the Free State of Bavaria (BayHIG), applicants must have a university degree or a recognized technical college qualification, suitable teaching skills, a doctoral degree and lecturer qualification, or produce evidence of equivalent academic achievements. Additionally, substantial research experience abroad of generally at least one year (during or after the PhD) is expected. Applicants must be aged 51 or under at the time of appointment. Exceptions to the age limit are possible in certain justified cases.
Applicants for all professorship vacancies at TUM are required to submit the following documents in English:
- Résumé, certificates, credentials
- List of publications
- Three selected publications with a summary (max. 1,000 characters each) of their impact on your research profile
- Presentation of research strategy
- List of courses taught
- Descriptive statement on teaching strategy and philosophy
- Details of third-party funding
International experts will evaluate your application in English. Therefore, we kindly ask you to submit all application documents in English.
Data Protection Information:
One of TUM’s strategic goals is to significantly extend diversity within its community of professors. Therefore, TUM explicitly encourages applications from candidates who would enrich the diversity culture of the university’s research and teaching profile and, reflecting its active gender equality policy, TUM particularly invites women researchers to apply for a professorship. Preference will be given to candidates with a disability or chronic condition in line with the relevant legislation.