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Faculty recruitment at German Universities - Training for the selection of professors

JUNO Workshop

Target audiencePostdocs of all research areas

2 days

Capacitymax. 15

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Objectives: Participants know the single steps of the selection process of professors in Germany (Berufungsverfahren). They know how to prepare their written application, their presentation, the discussion with the committee and – if needed – the teaching test.


  • What is the German way to select professors at universities? What is the legal background for these processes?
  • What is the difference between Juniorprofessor, W2 and W3-professorships?
  • How should I read and interpret job offers for professorships?
  • What are the usual parts of the written application? How could I structure it?
  • How do I prepare the presentation? What are the special difficulties if the audience is composed of professors, students and PostDocs?
  • How should I act in the discussion with the committee?
  • How to prepare for the teaching test?
  • How could I deal with difficult situations?
  • Outlook: if they take me: how to prepare the negotiations concerning working conditions and salary?

We will practice the discussion, the teaching test and the presentation or whatever is most relevant for the group. Each participant will at least practice one of these three parts in the role “applicant”. Therefore you are asked to bring a short presentation (maximum 5 minutes) with you, which shows your actual research. If you have prepared already a written application or parts of it for a (Junior-)Professorship you are invited to bring it with you to the course and receive feedback by the other participants and by the trainer.


Dr. Matthias Schwarzkopf is a coach and trainer for scientists. He is cofounder of karriereberatung-akademiker.de He has been responsible for accompanying the process of appointing professors (Berufungsverfahren) at Jena University for several years.


Junior Scientist and
International Researcher Center (JUNO)

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Gebäude 16.11.
Ebene 00 Raum 48
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Tel.: +49 211 81-13564
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