The appointment procedure
The appointment procedure at FAU
If you would like to apply for a professorship at FAU, you will find a good overview of the appointment procedure at our University below. The procedure can be divided into eight steps:
1. Online application via the FAU Application Portal
Applications must be submitted via FAU’s online application portal: berufungen.fau.de All application documents can be entered or uploaded in the portal. Applicants can see the status of their application such as ‘colloquium’ or ‘evaluation’. Applicants receive a confirmation of receipt after submitting their application.
2. Appointment committee
The applications are reviewed and evaluated by the appointment committee. It consists mainly of professors in the subject, the women’s representative, students and research staff.
3. Trial lecture
After an initial selection process, the most suitable applicants are usually invited to give an academic presentation, to give an observed lecture, and to attend an interview and meet the appointment committee.
The appointment committee receives comparative evaluations and statements about the applicants for the further selection process.
5. List of candidates
Usually, three candidates or up to a maximum of five are selected and introduced to the Senate of FAU. The Senate issues a statement on this list and gives a recommendation to the President. The Executive Board decides whether the Senate’s recommendation should be followed.
6. Offers of appointment
The President has the legal right to make appointments. The first choice applicant receives a letter with an offer of appointment from the President. Negotiations may take place in the following period. At the same time, the remaining applicants are informed of their place on the list and will be contacted by the University according to their position if negotiations fail with the first candidate.
After receiving the letter with the offer of appointment, the first candidate indicates their willingness to enter appointment negotiations. They are requested to inform the University of their expected salary and desired equipment. The applicant may be invited to negotiations regarding salary and initial budgets with the President and Chancellor.
8. Acceptance of the appointment
If an agreement is reached, the candidate must confirm their acceptance of the appointment in a formal written letter to the president. The President’s Office then arranges a date for the appointment certificate to be presented.