Although universities of applied sciences have existed for more than 50 years, the career path towards a professorship at these universities (FH professorship/HAW professorship1) is still little known. Compared to universities or research institutions, a higher teaching load and the required professional practice call for much more than just scientific strengths on the part of applicants for an FH professorship. Especially the requirements for proven professional experience, industry and business contacts, as well as enthusiasm for teaching knowledge and skills to young people, inevitably go hand in hand with diverse career biographies.
1 FH stands for 'Fachhochschule' and HAW stands for 'Hochschule der angewandten Wissenschaften' in German. Both are terms for 'university of applied sciences'.
HSB's special support programme for early career academics takes effect when highly qualified academics and practitioners are not yet eligible for a professorship because they lack one of the qualifications required to fill an FH professorship:
The hiring of professors at HSB is governed by the Bremen Civil Service Act §116(3).
Ideally, all professional requirements should already be fulfilled at the time of application. However, you can also apply when only a few months of professional experience or the completion of your doctorate are still missing.
Normally, appointment procedures take a few months. All requirements must be fulfilled by the actual time of appointment. It is also at the discretion of the appointment committee to assess whether it is possible to fulfil the requirements by the time of recruitment and therefore still possible to consider your application.
The appointment procedure at HSB is criteria-based, multi-stage and time-intensive.