experienced scientist

Of the total of roughly 40,000 professors in German higher education (including junior and visiting professors), over 2,200 have foreign citizenship. International university teachers are in great demand: their number increased by over 20% between 2005 and 2009. The internationalisation of German higher education is also reflected in the use of English as the language of research: not only individual seminars, but also entire study programmes are increasingly being offered in English. From Accounting and Controlling to World Heritage Studies, over 730 subjects are taught in English – and this number is steadily increasing.

How can I find a post as professor?

University professorships are advertised publicly. Vacancies are published on university websites and on relevant job portals. The requirements for a professorship in Germany are proof of eligibility for appointment by habilitation or a comparable academic achievement, such as a completed junior professorship, experience as a junior group leader or appropriate research experience in industry. Also relevant are – depending on the university and subject areas – previous research projects and publications as well as teaching experience.

Funding opportunities for professorships

German funding organisations have a number of programmes that aim to enable highly qualified, experienced – and also international – researchers take up a regular professorial chair at a German university. In particular, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fraunhofer, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Volkswagen Foundation support outstanding researchers in setting up a professorial chair.