Tenure Track

Professorship on Tenure Track

A Tenure Track professorship may be the ideal entrance to a career as an academic professor. It is possible to apply to a W1 professorship as early as in the first few years after you complete your doctorate or PhD - without the usual German qualification steps such as Habilitation or equivalent performances. If a junior professorship bears the addition "Tenure Track", this means that after the passing of a six-years tenure, the candidate has the oppportunity to gain a full andpermanent W2 or W3 professorship, as "Tenure Track" equals the binding agreement that, after a successful intermediate and final evaluation, the professorship is turned from a time-limited to a permanent contract. For the assessment of the junior professor in the intermediate evaluation (after 3 to 4 years) and the tenure evaluation (after 5 years), there will be criteria determined as early as during the appointment procedures. These criteria have to be fulfilled by the candidate before the end of the respective period. An evaluation committee (similar in structure to appointment commitees) will then decide whether the criteria have been fulfilled successfully. If the evaluation of the tenure candidate is positive, their position will be turned from time-limited to permanent.

Next to the option of a W1 Professorship on Tenure Track, there is also the possibility to appoint a W2 Professorship on Tenure Track. Here, the usual appointment criteria for the professorship will be demanded. With a time-limited W2 Professorship, Tenure Track means that the university agrees to turn the professorship into a permanent W2 or W3 position after a successful completion of the tenure.

In Germany, there has been the option to apply tenure track to new professoral appointments since 2002. Throughout the first years, the model was rarely applied. Since 2017, the Tenure Track Programme of German Bund and Lander has allowed for a multitude of additional tenure track professorships. It is the aim of the German Tenure Track System to appoint scientists to professorships at an earlier stage in their academic career and give them the opportunity of a permanent and reliable employment position already with their initial appointment.

Tenure Track at Friedrich Schiller University

Friedrich Schiller University Jena is aiming to lower the academic age of a first professoral appointment for young scientists, and enhance an early academic independence and self responsibility as well as improve the projectability and transparency of academic career paths. THis is why in May 2017, it passed a set of articles on the appointment of tenure track professorships. These articles determine the announcement and appointment of these professorships, as well as the regulations concerning their intermediate and final evaluation processes. Starting with these articles, the university hopes to appoint the majority of open professoral W2 positions as tenure track professorships.

Statutes for the recruitment and hiring process for Tenure Track Professorships (in German)

Support for Tenure Track Professors at FSU

Every Tenure Track Professor has to mentors from the circle of the university teaching staff to provide them with advice and support. The mentors will be applied on agreeement with the professor by the council of the respective Faculty.

Information on the Mentoring Programme for Tenure Track Professors (in German)

Friedrich Schiller University offers a special qualification programme for Tenure Track Professors.

qualification programme for tenure track professors