Application procedures

It is essential for us that you have a good and positive start here at the THI. We want you to feel truly welcomed and provided with all the information necessary. On your first day your personal mentor, who will assist and guide you throughout the whole phase of familiarization, is picking you up. During the first couple of days and weeks your mentor will help you get access to all the necessary systems, explain important working processes to you, introduce you to all the departments and colleagues you will be working with and show you around the campus. Our Welcome Day, including a breakfast with the university management, constitutes the highlight of your familiarization phase.

After your application has received us and the application period has ended all candidates and applications will be carefully checked and looked at by our heads of department. We make every effort to make a  fast, fair and just decision. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification (participation guidelines by the Bavarian Ministry of Finance). Furthermore, the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt is striven to increase the number of employed women and is therefore particularly welcoming applications from women (Article 7(3) BayGIG). All suitable candidates will receive an invitation to attend a job interview, which most of the time, includes a work sample. Sometimes there is a second interview before the head of department is choosing you and hopefully you are choosing us as well! We are looking forward to welcoming you at THI!

Since 11 March 2015, the legal guidelines for fixed-term contracts implemented by the Bavarian state universities apply for the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt. Male and female presidents of Bavarian state universities have agreed on common minimum standards concerning the handling of fixed term contracts according to WissZeitVG. The aim of those legal standards is to create the best possible framework for academic staff during their qualification phase.

Further information is provided on the homepage of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education, Cultural Affairs, Science and Art:

https://www.km.bayern.de/ministerium/hochschule-und-forschung/wissenschaftspolitik/wissenschaftlicher-nachwuchs.html

After the advertising of the professorship the respective faculty is appointing a committee. The appointment committee is then reviewing all the applications received and organizing the application process with suitable candidates. The process includes a personal meeting with the committee and an invitation to hold public trial lectures on both a compulsory and an optional subject, which has to be communicated to the committee in advance, following a discussion. Most of the time one of the lectures has to be held in English.

The appointment committee is then choosing the most suitable among the remaining applicants and is putting their names on an appointment list which is then presented to the University management. Appointment hearings, especially with the president of the university, mark the end of the process.

The holders of the professorships are primarily responsible for teaching the related subjects as well as similar learning fields and, if required, basic (research) subjects in the Bachelor and master programs. Besides that, an active involvement in promoting the expansion and development of the respective faculty is expected.

Furthermore, the following formal requirements and conditions for the employment apply:

Besides the guidelines regarding general occupational legislation the conditions of employment in accordance with Article 7 of the Bavarian higher education employment act have to be fulfilled. Those are:

  • successfully completed higher education studies (with at least a Bachelor's degree)
  • a particular ability or talent for academic work, all of which are typically demonstrated by the outstanding quality of the candidate's doctorate
  • pedagogical aptitude
  • exceptional performance and commitment in developing, utilizing and applying scientific knowledge and methods and a total of at least five years of career experience, including at least three years outside the higher education sector
  • in specific cases proof of career experience outside the higher education sector can be made if over a period of at least 5 years a substantial part of the professional activity has been made in a cooperation between the university and non-university research institutions

The Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt is striven to increase the number of employed women, especially in the field of scientific research, and is therefore particularly welcoming applications from women..

The maximum age for the appointment as civil servant is 52.

Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification (see No. 4.4.2. participation guidelines by the Bavarian Ministry of Finance (TeilR)).

Bavarian higher education employment act article 7
Article 7: Employment requirements

Besides the guidelines regarding general occupational legislation the conditions of employment of professors at universities are:

  • successfully completed higher education studies (with at least a Bachelor's degree)
  • pedagogical aptitude
  • a particular ability or talent for academic work, all of which are typically demonstrated by the outstanding quality of the candidate's doctorate
  • additional scientific achievements

In the fields of teacher education lecturers need a degree in secondary school teaching in a respective subject and at least three years teaching experience at a school or a similar educational institution. In addition, proof of further necessary scientific achievements in accordance with sentence 1, number 4 can be a habilitation, a junior professorship or a similar qualifications, acquired outside the higher education sector.

Professors with medical, dental or veterinary duties have to hand in a certificate of medical specialization if available for the relevant field.

 

Besides the guidelines regarding general occupational legislation the conditions of employment of professors at universities of fine arts are:

  • the conditions and requirements stated in paragraph 1, sentence 1, number 1 and 2 and
  • depending on the requirements of the position:
  1. the conditions and requirements stated in paragraph 1, sentence 1, number 3 or
  2. special aptitude for artistic work and depending on the requirements of the position
  3. the conditions and requirements stated in paragraph 1, sentence 1, number 4 or
  4. additional artistic achievements

Due to the particular nature of the subject and the requirements of this job position an exception to sentence 1 can be made in case of interest of the service. Candidates from other scientific fields who however have excellent subject-related knowledge, relevant working experience in the fields required and pedagogical aptitude can be employed as professors as well.

 

Besides the guidelines regarding general occupational legislation the conditions of employment of professors at technical universities are:

  • the conditions and requirements stated in paragraph 1, sentence 1, number 1 and 2
  • depending on the requirements of the position:
  1. the conditions and requirements stated in paragraph 1, sentence 1, number 3 or
  2. special aptitude for artistic work, exceptional performance and commitment in developing, utilizing and applying scientific knowledge and methods and a total of at least five years of career experience after obtaining a university degree, including at least three years outside the higher education sector whereby teaching practice (internship), research assistantship or artistic employment can only be credited up to a total of two years. In specific cases proof of career experience outside the higher education sector can be made if over a period of at least 5 years a substantial part of the professional activity has been made in a cooperation between the university and non-university research institutions.

In justified cases candidates can, contrary to sentence 1, number 3, be employed as professors when the conditions and requirements stated in paragraph 1, sentence 1, number 4 are met or if additional artistic achievements of at least three years outside the higher education sector can be proven. Due to the particular nature of the subject and the requirements of this job position an exception to sentence 1 and 2 can be made in case of interest of the service. Candidates from other scientific fields who, however, have excellent subject-related knowledge, relevant working experience in the fields required and pedagogical aptitude can be employed as professors as well (see article 4, paragraph 2 and article 52 of the German Leistungslaufbahngesetz).