The TUM School of Engineering and Design promotes young scientists and accompanies them on their next career step. Here you will find excellent perspectives for your research and support on your professional path, whether it is a doctorate, TUM Junior Fellowship, Tenure Track Professorship, classic habilitation, or honorary professorship.

The Technical University of Munich offers a diverse range of disciplines in which to pursue doctoral studies and research. Special emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary research activities, which is realized in several structured doctoral programs. Young academics will find excellent conditions at the University of Excellence: high-performance, cutting-edge research, and an incentive to create excellent conditions for themselves through their academic careers. For doctoral students, this means doing research in a dynamic, international, and inspiring environment and receiving optimal support. The Graduate Center is the central point of contact for doctoral students and helps to create optimal conditions for young scientists.

From Doctorate to Professorship

The Graduate Center of Engineering and Design (GC-ED) is aimed at doctoral students of the TUM School of Engineering and Design. It is part of the TUM Graduate School and serves the structured support and scientific training of graduates with a doctoral goal. The GC-ED designs a common framework for the different formats of internal and external doctoral studies. The independence and personal responsibility of the doctoral candidates have high priority in the implementation of the goals and the design of the qualification program. 

More information on the doctoral degree at the GC-ED.

Since 2007, the title TUM Junior Fellow has been awarded by the Technical University of Munich to young scientists who have obtained independent third-party-funded junior research groups such as Emmy Noether groups (DFG) or BMBF junior research groups in highly competitive programs. The TUM Talent Factory is the contact for admission to the TUM Junior Fellow Program and takes care of the preparation of the profiles.

TUM Faculty Tenure is the performance-oriented career model for young scientists with international experience. TUM appoints promising talents as tenure-track assistant professors (W2) - and gives them the realistic prospect of advancing to a tenured W3 professorship right from the start. This career system makes the university attractive to top talents from all over the world.

The classic path to a professorship leads via habilitation. With the habilitation thesis, young researchers demonstrate their outstanding scientific achievements. Those who complete the habilitation are qualified to teach. The legal basis for this can be found in the Bavarian Higher Education Act and the Habilitation Regulations of the Technical University of Munich (HabilO) issued based on this act. Before applying a presentation at the management of the respective department is necessary. The application for habilitation is submitted to the dean for review.