In the following you find an overview of assistant professorships at the University of Rostock. The legal regulations governing the appointment of assistant professors are laid down in the State Higher Education Act and in the appointment regulations together with supplementary guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact the Appointments Office.
FORMS OF ASSISTANT PROFESSORSHIP
The assistant professorship without a Tenure Track (W1 up to six years) is a temporary position for qualification without a direct option to appeal to a W2 or W3 professorship at the University of Rostock. Assistant professors are initially appointed for a period of three years. If successful, the employment relationship will be extended for another three years. Early career researchers who have prevailed in the appeal process, the University of Rostock allows a temporary assistant professorship according to the state university regulations and gives them professorial rights and duties for this time. By being admitted to the circle of professors, the assistant professorship grants academic independence and enables communication at eye level with the professors.
The assistant professorship with tenure track (W1) ensures outstandingly talented young academic reasearchers from Germany and abroad a transparent and predictable professional future at the University of Rostock. The assitant professorship is to be understood as qualification center, therefore should - if before or after the graduation an employment as scientific coworker took place - promotion and employment phase altogether not take more than six years. After a positive interim evaluation and the following tenure evaluation, there is a right to take on a W2 / W3 Lifetime Professorship (so-called Tenure Track Professorship). This makes special demands on the selection process for the assistant professorship, since a prognosis must be made at an early stage of the scientific career. Already with the appointment, binding criteria for tenure evaluation are agreed. The evaluation is carried out in a "quality-assured evaluation procedure" within the framework of an appeal procedure (under waiver of tender).
As early as 2012, the University of Rostock established tenure track procedures. In addition, the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has launched a successful program to establish tenure track professorships. Thus, five assitant professorships with tenure track were introduced. The strategy consultations, which take place every two years between the university administration and the faculties, decide on the establishment of further assistant professorships with a tenure track, taking into account the four profile-forming research priorities of the university and the orientation of the respective faculty.
The appointment procedure for an asisstant professorship does not differ significantly from an appointment procedure to a professorship and is governed by the State Higher Education Act and the Rules of Appeal of the University of Rostock with guidelines.
According to § 59 (6) of the State Higher Education Act, one of the essential prerequisites is that assistant professors of one's own university should only be appointed if they have pursued a period of academic activity outside their own university after completing their doctorate.
The figure shows the sequence of an appeal procedure. The timeline is based on experience and can therefore differ in individual cases. (see picture)
On the website of the Appointments Office you will find information about current appointment procedures at the University of Rostock.
Three years after the start of the assistant professorship, an intermediate evaluation must be carried out. The procedure begins eight months before the end of the 3-year period. The intermediate evaluation determines whether the asssitant professor has proven to be a university teacher and that the services defined in the appointment to the assistant professorship have been performed. In the case of a assistant professorship with tenure track, the further academic development of the assiatant professor is also assessed with regard to the intended tenure track professorship. All details of the interim evaluation are regulated by the guideline "for the interim evaluation of junior professorships with and without tenure track according to § 62 State Higher Education Act".
LEGAL BASES AND FURTHER DOCUMENTS
Dr. Markus Glöckner, MBA
Head of Specialized Department
Tel.: +49 (0) 381 498-1202
Fax.: +49 (0) 381 498118-1292
Ass. iur. Annette Meier
Equal Opportunities Officer
Tel.: + 49 (0) 381 498-5743