CareerDesign@TUM is our new, structured qualification program for mid-level academics. The program provides a comprehensive opportunity for your personal development.

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In the program, you will develop interdisciplinary skills that you need for a challenging and responsible job in academia and beyond. The program offers participants the chance to extend their knowledge, apply it in their field of work and exchange ideas with colleagues from TUM and other organizations.

CareerDesign@TUM follows the logic of lifelong learning; it promotes the proactive design of your career and offers you the opportunity for further qualification. Through clearly described fields of activity (i.e. tracks) and competency models, CareerDesign@TUM also aims to increase your attractiveness for the external job market. Thus, CareerDesign@TUM can be your springboard for a career in academia as well as in non-academic fields!

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Prof. Dr. Claudia Peus introduces the CareerDesign@TUM program.

Five fields of activity

CareerDesign@TUM offers you five attractive qualification paths that allow you to develop your talents and interests. We would be happy to assist you in identifying the most suitable area of activity for you.

TUM Researcher (Research)

The TUM Researcher qualification track is aimed at people who aspire to advance to a responsible position in research & research management and who want to continue to contribute their expert knowledge and methodological expertise to challenging research projects and research-based teaching, while also taking on tasks in research management and coordination. This track focuses on competencies such as the acquisition and management of third-party funding, the coordination or management of large research networks, science communication, and trends in research such as open science and big data/data science. 


TUM Learning Professional (Learning and Development)*

The qualification path of the TUM Learning Professional is aimed at people who would like to contribute to the development of innovative (digital) learning formats, to scientifically-based executive and professional education, and to the professional coaching and consultation of learners on the basis of their expertise and experience in research and teaching. The program focuses on competencies such as program development and management, quality assurance, and advising and coaching learners.

*previously TUM Lecturer


TUM Science Manager (Science Management)

The qualification path of the TUM Science Manager is aimed at people who, on the basis of their own experience in research and teaching or their professional experience in the academic environment, would like to initiate, steer and monitor projects in research and science management. Science Managers primarily perform coordinating or consulting activities, which can be located in research as well as in the science-supporting area.


TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor (Innovation and Spin-off Management)

The TUM Entrepreneurship Advisor qualification track is aimed at individuals who aspire to work in innovation and spin-off management. It prepares for the promotion of entrepreneurial talents in start-ups, especially in the technology sector. To this end, we provide skills in areas such as new business model development, start-up financing, legal aspects of spin-offs, patent/licensing law, and consulting & team development. 


TUM Technical Expert (Technical Operations and Technology Management)

The TUM Technical Expert qualification path is aimed at people in research and technical operations. You may be responsible, for example, for the operation and further development of technical infrastructure (e.g., large-scale equipment, TUM Core Facilities), for technology transfer (e.g., standardization, industrial consulting), and for setting up and maintaining the IT structure in the faculties/schools. The program provides participants with subject matter expertise, for example in the area of big data/data science, as well as management skills, for example information and knowledge management.


The Qualification Program

CareerDesign@TUM is committed to equal opportunities. Accordingly, it is characterized by its modular structure and a three-level qualification model that can be flexibly arranged. This makes it easier for employees to reconcile their personal life situation (e.g. family commitments, part-time employment, etc.) with their professional interests and ambitions.

CareerDesign@TUM is a structured continuing education program with three qualification levels in each track: an entry level, a second level for individuals with professional experience, and a third level for individuals with management and leadership responsibilities in the respective field. Depending on your prior knowledge and professional experience, direct entry into the second or third qualification level is possible.

Each of the three levels has a different focus:

  • The first qualification level focuses on professional competencies and general interdisciplinary competencies (e.g., university law, financials , project management, communication skills). It is aimed at people who (usually after completing a doctorate) have 1-2 years of professional experience in the academic context and would like to develop their competencies in order to take on a responsible position in the future.
  • The second qualification level focuses on management competencies relevant to the respective track (e.g. change management, teamwork, agile project management). It is aimed at people who (usually after completing a doctorate) have a few years of professional experience and already bear responsibility for projects and resources, but usually do not yet hold a managerial position.
  • The third qualification level focuses on the advancement of leadership and management skills (personnel management, personnel selection, strategic management). It is aimed at individuals (usually with a completed doctorate) in management positions who have many years of professional experience in the academic environment and in-depth expert knowledge.

CareerDesign@TUM comprises formal training elements with a high proportion of self-learning phases. Individual qualification elements such as peer mentoring, job shadowing and on-the-job learning ensure transfer of training to the work context.

CareerDesign@TUM Board

The CareerDesign@TUM Board defines the admission and selection criteria and decides on the admission of applicants to the program. It fulfills a supervisory and control function and advises on the strategic development of CareerDesign@TUM. The Board is composed of representatives of professors, academic staff and central administration. It is chaired by the Senior Vice President for Talent Management and Diversity.

FAQs CareerDesign@TUM


For any questions on our program, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Eva-Maria Knipfer
Program Manager



Dr. Alessandra Haupt
Learning & Development Expert

Michelle Moos
Learning & Development Expert

Elena Jörg
Program Coordinator

PD Dr. Kristin Knipfer
Executive Director
TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning

Dr. Sonja Kugler
Learning & Development Expert

Eva-Maria Knipfer
Program Manager

Dr. Bernhard Braun
Program Director CareerDesign@TUM

Technical University of Munich

TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning

Eva-Maria Knipfer
Program Manager 

Arcisstraße 21
80333 Munich


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