TUM Faculty Tenure Track: Balancing Career & Family
The Technical University of Munich helps researchers to balance family life with their demands of a career. The TUM Faculty Tenure Track career system also takes family commitments into account –offering, for instance, more flexible working hours and factoring a researcher’s family situation into their performance evaluations.
Leave to care for an underage child
During the tenure phase, assistant professors can be granted parental leave or leave of absence to care for an underage child in line with the relevant legislation (parent tenure clock extension).
In such cases, the tenure phase will be extended at the researcher’s request to take account of the period of leave. For parental leave, an extension of up to four years may be granted, while for other leave the maximum period is three years. The dates for status assessments and tenure evaluations are correspondingly extended.
Part-time work arrangements
During the tenure phase, assistant professors can apply for a part-time work arrangement in line with the relevant legislation in order to care for an underage child (part time tenure clock extension).
Two different arrangements are possible: During parental leave, the assistant professor can work (part-time) for up to 30 hours per week. Alternatively, their working hours may be reduced for leave of absence to care for an underage child; in this case, part-time employment for at least 8 hours per week is possible. With both arrangements, the tenure phase will be extended at the researcher’s request to take account of the duration and scope of the part-time employment; however the maximum extension is four years. The dates for status assessments and tenure evaluations are correspondingly extended.
Time to care for a family member
Assistant Professors who need to care for a family member may opt for part-time employment or leave in line with the relevant legislation (elder care).
In such cases, the tenure phase can be extended at the researcher’s request for the corresponding period of time. The dates for status assessments and tenure evaluations are correspondingly extended.
Facts factored into the performance evaluations
The candidate’s personal and family commitments (e.g. parent sabbaticals, care of a family member, other services to the general public) are factored into performance evaluations.
Please take note
The actual circumstances may vary for all of the scenarios described above. Individual requirements and corresponding extension periods will therefore be examined and decided on a case-by-case basis.
Other services for families
Dual Career Service: TUM supports the partners of newly appointed professors. The staff of the Dual Career Office are on hand to help partners find a new career opportunity in the Munich area. Munich Dual Career Office
TUM Family service: TUM offers a range of family advice services, from help in finding childcare (e.g. in the university’s own childcare facilities) and support in caring for family members, through balancing career and family and choosing a good school to providing information on baby changing facilities and children’s rooms at each of the TUM campuses. Family services at TUM
Download: Documents on the TUM Faculty Recruiting and Career System
- Official Statute on TUM’s career system for professors:
TUM's Recruitment and Career System (PDF, 3,3 MB); English text: pp. 60
- Evaluation of professors:
Evaluation Policies for the TUM Faculty Recruitment and Career System (PDF, 300 KB); English text: pp. 9
- Code of conduct for the work of appointment committees:
TUM Faculty Recruitment Code of Conduct (PDF, 114 KB)
- Guidelines for the appointment process:
Richtlinien zum Berufungsverfahren (in German; PDF, 300 KB)
TUM Faculty Tenure Track is a central part of the university's institutional strategy.