Four-level tenure track system open to talented individuals
The tenure track system offers the recruited researchers a clearly defined career path towards a professorship and enables them to devote their time to research, teaching and the advancement of their fields.
The key principles governing TUT’s tenure track system
The recruitment to tenure track positions is based on open international competition. The key requirement is the candidates’ potential for advancement along the tenure track.
The fields of tenure track positions are defined in broad terms to ensure that a sufficient number of eligible candidates are available.
The University is committed to providing researchers on the tenure track the opportunity to advance to the next level, provided that their performance is found to meet the requirements in the relevant reviews.
When considering the decision to promote a researcher to the next level on the tenure track, the University will emphasize openness, equality and the use of the highest level of expertise available.
The decision to promote a researcher to the next level on the tenure track will be made within the predefined deadlines to allow researchers who hold a tenure track position to assess and plan their careers.
Criteria for recruitment and advancement along the tenure track
All candidates considered for a tenure track position are expected to hold an applicable doctoral degree, demonstrate the capacity for independent scholarly activity and possess the teaching skills required for the successful performance of their duties.
Assistant Professor (1st term)
Assistant Professors (1st term) are appointed for a fixed term of 2–4 years.
Each Assistant Professor undergoes a reappointment review, where the decision to grant the candidate a second term (4 years) is made. An appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (1st term) is typically based on the candidate’s demonstrated potential for high-quality research and teaching pertaining thereto.
Assistant Professor (2nd term)
Assistant Professors (2nd term) are appointed for a fixed term of 4 years.
Each Assistant Professor (2nd term) undergoes a promotion review, where the decision to promote the candidate to Associate Professor is made. In addition to the criteria listed above, an appointment at the level of Assistant Professor (2nd term) requires that the candidate has demonstrated a record of high-quality research and teaching pertaining thereto. Candidates are typically expected to have at least two years of post-doctoral experience.
Associate Professors are appointed for a fixed term of 4 years.
Based on their overall merits, Associate Professors may undergo a tenure review and be promoted to Full Professor. In addition to the criteria listed above, an appointment at the level of Associate Professor requires that the candidate has demonstrated a record of achievement in research that meet high international standards and in teaching pertaining thereto as well as the ability to provide academic leadership and take part in the activities of the scientific community.
Based on their overall merits, Associate Professors may undergo a tenure review and be promoted to Full Professor. Professors may also be directly appointed for a tenured position based on their demonstrated excellence in research or artistic activities and teaching pertaining thereto as well as a commitment to the strategic goals of a university. Candidates are expected to possess outstanding levels of competence and meet international standards in all the evaluated areas.
The reviews relating to recruitment and promotion to the next tenure track level are based on the candidate’s research performance and educational achievements and, if applicable, on the candidate’s performance regarding academic leadership and activity in the scientific community. The promotion review is conducted based on the application documents and the goals that the candidate has achieved.
When an applicant’s qualifications for the position are evaluated, the following will be taken into account:
- scientific publications and other accomplishments that have scientific value
- research experience after dissertation and experience in management of research work
- teaching experience and pedagogical merits, other achievements in the field of teaching and a trial lecture
- experience and merits in supervising master and doctoral students
- in addition, depending on the field of science, the applicant’s active involvement in the scientific community, the industry experience in the field, proven success in obtaining external research funding, leadership merits, aptitude for the position, experience in conducting scientific or artistic work abroad and significant international and national nominations will be taken into account.
Successful performance leads to promotion to the next level on the tenure track
A person appointed as an Assistant Professor or Associate Professor and the Head of Department must agree on the person’s general goals for each level on the tenure track within two months after the employment relationship has begun.
Employees have annual discussions with their immediate supervisors concerning their work performance and professional development.
The promotion review and tenure review are conducted at least one year before the employment contract ends. A person appointed to a tenure track position or the Head of Department may appeal to arrange the promotion or tenure review earlier than originally intended. Such an appeal may be made only once during each career level.
The final level on the tenure track is promotion (or recruitment) to tenured Professor.