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Procedural information about applying for a professorship at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Regulations for the appointment of professors govern the procedure for filling professorships and junior professorships at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Below, you will find a brief description of the main procedural steps.

Approval of a professorship and call for applications

A professorship may be established upon approval by the Presidential Board, in consultation with the schools. Each professorship is embedded in the university's and the schools' overall strategic plan. For this purpose, the Faculty Council adopts a profile paper prepared by the Dean's Office. Included therein is the call for applications, which lays out the professorship's profile in relation to focal points and areas of academic development at the respective institute/department, the school as well as the university as a whole. The Presidential Board then applies to the Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) for clearance. The position can only be advertised after it has been approved by the Ministry.

Role of the appointment or selection committee

Following approval, the Faculty Council, in agreement with the Presidential Board, sets up a commission which acts as an appointment committee in the case of professorships at W2 and W3 levels, and as a selection committee in the case of junior professorships (see section 26 (2) and section 30 (3) Lower Saxony Higher Education Act [NHG]). As a rule, and for reasons of quality assurance, large committees are formed, which, in accordance with the NHG, reflect the university's status groups  (6 professors; 2 academic staff members; 2 students; 2 advisory administrative staff members). The NHG also stipulates that 40% of the voting members must be women, half of whom must belong to the professorial group. At the University of Oldenburg, at least two external professors must participate as voting members as well. In addition, members from cooperating universities or non-university research institutions as well as members from other schools or subjects should also be considered. The committee reviews the applications received on the basis of the call for applications and the professorship's focus. Suitable applicants are invited to a public hearing at the university. For shortlisted applicants, the committee then obtains at least two external expert reports. After the hearing and consideration of the expert reports, the committee usually selects three candidates to be included in a proposal for appointment, which is subsequently submitted to the faculty council.

Preparation of the appointment proposal and subsequent appointment

The Faculty Council passes a resolution on the committee's appointment proposal and, after consulting with the Senate and the Central Equal Opportunities Officer, forwards it to the Presidential Board . The Presidential Board makes the final decision on the appointment proposal and submits it to the Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK), requesting that a call be issued. These guidelines for appointment procedures apply to all professorships - permanent, temporary or with tenure track. In the case of junior professorships without tenure track, the Presidential Board makes the final decision. Immediately after the Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK) informs the applicant of the call, or the Presidential Board decides to extend an offer for a junior professorship, preparations for appointment negotiations commence.

Special features of clinical professorships (university medical school)

Due to the cooperation model underlying the university's medical school, clinical professorships are part-time appointments combined with a leading clinical position at one of the cooperating hospitals. The appointment procedure is carried out jointly by the university and the hospital. For this purpose, the general appointment procedure has been expanded to account for the unique concerns of patient care. As a result, the hospital is to be involved in the process via the appointment committee. Members of the hospital may also participate in parts of the hearings open to the university community. To determine clinical aptitude, applicants may be visited at their place of employment (on-site visits). Individual hospital selection processes (e.g. assessment centres) may take place concurrently. As the professorial appointment is contingent upon the appointment as clinic director or chief physician becoming legally effective, or vice versa, both appointment negotiations and contract negotiations are conducted in close mutual agreement between the university and the hospital.

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