In 2015/16, a work group in the university*s management developed a concept for new career paths towards and beside professorship. This concept divides the professional path at the university in two phases: the "qualification" and the "academic career path". Within this qualification three steps are envisioned. The first two steps, a doctorate of three up to a maximum of six years, and at least two years as a "postdoc" after successful PhD are bond to qualify for a career within or outside of academia. Only the third step within the model is expected to qualify for the academic career. This step is being appointed as professor (pay group W1) with 4-8 hours of teaching obligations. Parallel to this path, the concept offers alternative profiles, as a "lecturer" with 8-10 hours of teaching, and a "researcher" with 4-6 hours of teaching. All three profiles in the third step include independent research and teaching assigned to a specific faculty, offering a contract limited to 4-6 years.
For the first time, this new concept includes a "tenure track" for these three profiles, towards the phase "academic career path": after 4-6 years of employment in this 3rd step, leading to qualification and successful evaluation, a board can appoint the candidate from a W1-professorship to a W2-professorship, and can promote a "lecturer" to "senior lecturer", respectively the "researcher" to "senior researcher". These three profiles in the last step of the tenure track differ from the profiles in the "qualification" phase insofar that they mean unlimited contracts. All these steps shall be financed by converting positions in faculties into tenure track positions.
By invitation of KRAM, the vice-rector for young scientists, Prof. Breiter, explained the concept at the 1st of June 2016 in a large meeting of academic employees. The KRAM wrote a memo of the thoughts colleagues mentioned in the meeting. As result of this and further discussion rounds on the issue, KRAM sent the university management a formal "statement on the concept" (7.6.2016).
Over many month developed, the concept for a future university structure of positions for academic employees beside and towards professorship was presented by the university management at the 30. Sept. 2016.