Appointment for Professorship – Learning from Experience (27.02.2024) – Natural Science, Engineering + Computer Science


The event offers the opportunity to gain insights into appointment procedures for professorships in a discussion with experienced professors from the Rhine-Main University Alliance and other relevant stakeholders.

How do appointment procedures work? Who is involved? What considerations are decisive on the part of the decision-making bodies? Which behaviour is expected from applicants, which is tolerated and which tends to contribute to a negative assessment?

The participants:

  • receive important (background) information about the entire appointment procedure
  • can clarify their questions with experienced professors, newly appointed professors and other stakeholders involved in the process
  • can adjust their behaviour in appointment procedures more specifically to the relevant requirements

Based on the appointment procedure, the three-hour event focuses on three main topics:

  • 1. Application: Identifying suitable positions, matching the position with your own profile, contact with the relevant university before and after the application, etc.
  • 2. Appointment presentation and discussion with the appointment committee: selection of the presentation topic, presentation design for a heterogeneous audience, stumbling blocks in the presentation and discussion, dealing with critical questions, do's and don'ts
  • 3. Appointment: procedure, clever negotiation and behaviour, expectations of the appointing university


  • Moderated discussion
  • Q&A

Target audience:

  • (Prospective) Postdocs of the Rhine Main Universities (RMU – TU Darmstadt, Goethe University Frankfurt, Gutenberg University Mainz)
  • Junior research group leaders of RMU
  • Junior professors, qualifying professors and assistant professors with RMU employment


  • Professor Dr. Timo Richarz | Professor for Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory at the Department of Mathematics – TU Darmstadt Profile (opens in new tab)
  • Professor Dr.-Ing. John Linkhorst | Professor for Process Engineering of Electrochemical Systems at the Department of Mechanical Engineering – TU Darmstadt Profile (opens in new tab)
  • Prof. Dr. Gemma Roig | Professor for Brain inspired Artificial Intelligence at the Institute of Computer Science – Goethe University Frankfurt Profile
  • Julian Reinfeldt | Head of Unit IA University Strategy at Directorate I – Strategic Development – TU Darmstadt Profile

Language: English

Date/time: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 | 10:00 am – 01:00 pm

Location (NEW!): S1|01 Room 707 (Karo5), Alter Senatssaal

Registration: Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (opens in new tab).

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