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Tenure-track Professorships at the University of Bonn

Tenure track professorships have been an established career path at the University of Bonn since 2009. If a professorial post is advertised as a tenure track position, the successful candidate will be eligible for tenure (permanent professorial position) if they successfully complete the probationary period and final evaluation.

Why tenure-track?

Interested in applying for a tenure track professorship at the University of Bonn? Current calls for applications are published here:

Vacancies at the University of Bonn

The objective of the tenure track model is to provide early-career researchers with an alternative route to a professorship. The University of Bonn aims to recruit and retain outstanding young research talent from Germany and around the world. Tenure track is an attractive career path for young academics, offering the prospect of promotion to a permanent professorial post after successfully completing the mandatory evaluation stage. 

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Introducing the WISNA program

Germany’s joint federal and state program for the promotion of early-career researchers (WISNA) is funding 28 tenure track positions (academic salary scale: W1) at the University of Bonn.

Tenure Track Models at the University of Bonn:

Appointment to a W1 tenure-track professorship (assistant professorship): 

  • initial phase lasting three years
  • If the interim evaluation is positive, contract is extended for another three years (phase 2)
  • If the final evaluation is positive, promotion to a permanent professorial position on the W2 or W3 salary scale.

Appointment to a W2 tenure-track professorship:

  • appointment for a period of five years
  • interim evaluation after two years
  • If the final evaluation is positive, promotion to a permanent professorial position on the W2 or W3 salary scale.

The tenure track model is set out in the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia


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The Tenure-Track Committee

Each faculty has a tenure track committee that oversees the relevant tenure track procedures, from the initial job announcement to the final evaluation. 

The central tenure track committee at the University of Bonn (University Tenure Track Committee) monitors compliance with the assessment criteria while taking appropriate account of faculty and departmental cultures. Based on the individual’s tenure track file and the opinions of the faculty tenure track committee and the faculty council, the University Tenure Track Committee will issue a recommendation to the Rectorate on whether the relevant professorship should be extended or made permanent. The University Tenure Track Committee corresponds to the Committee for Special Appointments pursuant to the University’s appointment regulations.

Faculty contacts and committees: 

Contact

Dean's Office of the Faculty of Catholic Theology
An der Schlosskirche 2-4 
53113 Bonn 
Phone: +49(0)228/73-7344

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Dean's Office of the Faculty of Protestant Theology
Am Hof 1
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/73-7366

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Dean's Office of the Faculty of Law and Economics
Adenauerallee 24-42
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/73-9101

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Dean's Office of the Faculty of Medicine
Venusberg-Campus 1, Haus 33
53127 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/287-19200 oder 19208
 

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Dean's Office of the Faculty of Arts
Am Hof 1
53113 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/73-4003

Email: pfberuf@uni-bonn.de

Tenure Track Committee - Faculty of Arts (in German)55555111010101061312121212

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Dean's Office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Wegelerstraße 10
53115 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/73-2233

Email: dekan.mnf@uni-bonn.de

Tenure Track Committee - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (in German)6666614

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Den's Office of the Faculty of Agriculture
Meckenheimer Allee 174
53115 Bonn
Phone: +49(0)228/73-2866
 

Downloads and additional information

The download buttons on the right can be used to access the following documents (in German):

  • Tenure Track Regulations of the University of Bonn (unofficial version for reference purposes only). This document contains the University of Bonn’s Tenure Track Regulations, which came into force in November 2018, and the amending regulations published in June 2019.
  • The legally binding version as published in the Official Announcements of the University of Bonn

Information on older tenure track regulations (i.e. appointments initiated before November 2018 and yet to be concluded) is available here: (Only accessible via the University of Bonn intranet)

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Appointment Management

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53115 Bonn

+49 228 73-68786

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Human Resource Development

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53115 Bonn

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