Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Assistant Professorship


This Fellowship is named after TUM professor Rudolf Mößbauer (1929–2011), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1961 for his research concerning the resonance absorption of gamma radiation and his associated discovery of the effect that bears his name.

Please note

There is currently no call for applications for this fellowship program.
Calls will be published once a year on the TUM-IAS website.

Target Group

Within the comprehensive TUM Faculty Tenure Track system, TUM-IAS created a special fellowship offering merit-based academic career options from the appointment as Assistant Professor through a permanent position as Associate Professor and on to Full Professor. Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professorships are intended for outstanding, high-potential early-career scientists who have already achieved a major scientific or technological breakthrough and who have the ambition to develop a new field of endeavor when joining TUM (as a Tenure Track Assistant Professor).


TUM-IAS Fellows are expected to develop independent and vigorous programs, including the acquisition of research funds and the societal positioning of their fields. Furthermore, candidates should be committed to excellence in undergraduate/graduate teaching and in supervising PhD candidates. Teaching assignments include courses in the subject area and the basic courses offered by the departments as well as courses for other academic TUM departments. Nevertheless the emphasis of the professorship lies on the creative development of the proposed new field of science and/or technology. Besides the development of their research, Fellows are expected to participate in TUM-IAS programs and organize activities in order to contribute to the intellectual life of the Institute and the university.


The Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Professorship consists of a salary according to the W pay scale (initially grade W2) for up to six years, the funding of a research assistant (TV-L E 13), and an expense account for research support.

Tenure Track career path

The initial appointment will be for 6 years. After positive evaluation in the final year, the Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track Fellow is tenured on an Associate Professor level (permanent position). In exceptional cases, the tenure evaluation may be initiated after a minimum of three years. Such cases will be justified by outstanding achievements and by contributions strategically shaping the university’s profile. The regulations according to the “TUM Faculty Recruitment and Career System” apply.

  • University degree and doctoral degree or equivalent scientific qualification
  • Two years of postdoctoral experience during which the applicant has achieved scientific independence
  • Strong track record during the postdoctoral phase and demonstration of pedagogical and personal aptitude
  • International research experience (usually evidenced by at least 1 year of academic experience abroad during the doctorate and/ or postdoc phase)
  • Teaching skills at the university level and additional academic achievements

TUM provides excellent working conditions in a lively scientific community, embedded in the vibrant research environment of the Greater Munich Area. TUM environment is multicultural, with English serving as a common interface for scientific interaction.

How to apply

Please submit the following application documents:

  • Cover page (template that you can download)
  • Curriculum Vitae including certificates (PhD certificate), credentials, list of courses taught, and third-party funding
  • List of publications
  • 3 selected publication reprints
  • Statement on the 3 selected reprints (max. 1,000 characters regarding each reprint) explaining the novelty impact on your research profile
  • Statement of Purpose describing the research strategy (max. 10 pages), incl. Teaching Statement on teaching strategy and teaching philosophy (max. 2 pages)
  • The names and addresses of 3 peer-reviewers without a conflict of interest (definition: please see here)

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