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FAQ - Tenure-track professorship

Tenure track means a binding commitment to a permanent professorship after a positive evaluation. After an initial fixed-term appointment (usually for six years), the appointment to a permanent professorship follows a successful probationary period.

Tenure-track professorships aim to enable young scientists to decide earlier on average whether to remain in academia. This makes career paths for young scientists more predictable and transparent.

Tenure-track professorships aim at outstanding young researchers in an early career phase. Transitions from other career paths to professorships (e.g., junior research group leaders, post-doctoral researchers, junior professors) are possible and can make sense as long as they take place in the first few years after finishing the doctorate.

In principle, yes, but there are special requirements. According to Section 37 HG NRW, junior professors from one's own university can only be considered if they have changed universities after gaining their doctorate or have worked academically outside the appointing university for at least two years. In the case of academic employees of their own university, there must also be a justified exceptional case.

Junior professorships usually aim for scientists in an early career phase. This means usually up to four years after finishing the doctorate. However, there is no legally binding age requirement or specification of qualification status in NRW.

Junior professors are allowed to supervise doctoral qualification procedures as well as do research and teach independently in the same way as permanent university professors. Differences arise in the type of employment, salary and teaching duties.

Professors at universities are required to teach nine semester hours per week; for junior professors, the requirement is four semester hours per week in the first phase of employment and five semester hours per week in the second phase.

Junior professors receive (as temporary civil servants) a W1 salary, which depends on the federal state. The W1 basic salary in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2021 is € 4,793.01 gross per month (€ 57,516.12/year). In addition, junior professors who have proven themselves as university teachers receive a non-pensionable allowance of € 266.50 from the date of the first extension of their civil contract. University professorships are paid according to W2 or W3. In contrast to junior professorships, the structure at these salary levels is flexible; as, e.g., appointment bonuses may be granted.

Yes, the Graduate Center of TU Dortmund University offers a qualification and networking program called Tenure Track Academy. The offers are tailored to the needs of this career phase. In the Junior Faculty, tenure-track professors are supported with individual career coaching, tailored workshops, and the exchange and networking format Junior Faculty Impulse.

In the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR), the three universities of the Ruhr Area offer joint programs for postdocs and junior professors. For example, as part of the CoachingPLUS event, seminars are provided in the areas of strategic research funding, appointments, and managing one's own group. Contents of the seminars can be further deepened in subsequent individual coaching sessions. In addition, a so-called Sommerabend allows exchange and networking with peers from the three UA Ruhr universities. The aim of the RAR is to make use of the qualification phase after the doctorate as preparation for careers in academia. If necessary, perspectives outside of academia are also highlighted to show the broadest possible range of job opportunities.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

More detailed information can be found at the page campus-maps.

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