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Framework Program for Junior Professors at TU Dortmund University

JProf TU

JProf TU is carried out jointly by the Office of Research Support Services (above-mentioned fields 1-3) and the Staff Unit Appointment Management (fields 4 and 5) on behalf of the Rectorate and is supported by the Office of University Communications.

The tailor-made framework program “JProf TU” offers comprehensive support to junior professors of TU Dortmund University during their qualification period for a lifetime position. With JProf TU, TU Dortmund University ensures that its junior professors are addressed in a target group-oriented manner, supports successful onboarding, ensures qualification, networking and consulting, and provides visibility to this status group. The program offers specific qualification in areas that are particularly relevant for this job profile and accompanies the junior professors on their career path. The various elements of the program enable the junior professors to network with each other and with the relevant central contact persons at TU Dortmund University. Furthermore, JProf TU regularly provides a newsletter adapted to the specific needs of this target group.

JProf TU is intended for the more than 30 junior professors at TU Dortmund University, with and without tenure track. The program complements the offers of the BMBF-funded Tenure Track Academy and the Research Academy Ruhr (RAR). As a central qualification phase for a full professorship, the junior professorship is characterized by specific opportunities and challenges: The professional role development towards manager, supervisor and independent researcher, as well as the challenges of gaining visibility as a researcher and developing a research profile with pronounced third-party funding and according publications, national and international networking, and the achievement of appointability and preparation for appointment procedures. The components of JProf TU are designed to facilitate these challenges for this status group.

The JProf TU program offers measures in five superordinate fields:

The (1) Onboarding for junior professors is an annual welcome event in the winter semester, in combination with a workshop on the topic of “New Role: Self-conception, Rights and Duties of Junior Professors”. Junior professors starting in the summer semester can attend the RAR workshop “Effective Design of One’s Own Professorship”. Thus, target group-oriented qualifications provide support to a successful start into the junior professorship in every semester.

For further (2) Qualification and (3) Networking, we offer a workshop or a “Networking and Information” event each semester. Their topics are specific to the profile “junior professorship”, such as “Profile Building and Chair Management”, “Personnel Management and Supervision of Junior Scientists” or “Prepped for the Interim Evaluation”. If required, contact to a partner who has already undergone evaluation can be arranged upon request. The external trainers hired for these workshops have acquired a doctoral qualification and are familiar with the professional field of academia.

For individual (4) Advice and support, mentoring and status talks are organized. Mentors are W2/W3 professors of the respective department or alternatively colleagues who are closely related to the subject. After the initial meeting at the start of the junior professorship, the frequency and form of the exchange is agreed on individually. In addition, status conversations take place between the first and second year (with the Dean) and between the fourth and fifth year (with the Vice President Research) after the appointment to a junior professorship. They allow the opportunity for feedback and dialogue between junior professors and the department as well as the university management, but are explicitly not part of the interim evaluation.

In order to provide the target group with increased (5) Visibility, TU Dortmund University provides an overview of all junior professorships including their respective research focus on a central website.

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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