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How does the tenure-track phase work for junior professors?

In line with §102b of the Berlin Higher Education Act, junior professors with tenure-track are initially appointed as temporary officials for a period of three years. With the approval of the junior professor, the civil service contract is then extended in the third year for a further three years, if they have proven themselves in their office.

The evaluation is based on the successful completion of the probationary period, which is carried out in accordance with the Guidelines (Rules of Procedure) for the Interim Assessment of Junior Professorships. If the outcome is negative, the civil service contract can be extended for a transitional period of up to one year, with the consent of the evaluated candidate. No further interim evaluation is carried out within the tenure-track procedure. However, the commission that assesses the completion of the probationary period can forward the results of the interim evaluation along with the relevant documents to the mentor for further consultation.

The tenure-track phase concludes with the tenure evaluation. The procedure is initiated no later than 15 months before the end of the second service period. If successful, the candidate transitions to a lifelong professorship, either on a W2 or W3 salary band.