Qualification agreement for members of academic staff

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Members of academic staff at the TUM are usually employed on limited-term employment contracts linked to some form of qualification objective. Each member of staff has their own specific areas of interest. Qualification objectives are beneficial for members of staff for their own career development and for the TUM as a means of undertaking high-quality research. For around 20% of the academic staff at the Department of Architecture, this qualification objective takes to the form of a doctorate. The Department also recognizes other qualification objectives in the context of research and development.

Each member of academic staff is asked to formulate their own qualification objectives and project aims for their own research interests as part of their contract of employment. This is undertaken in conjunction with their employer or supervisor.

Part of this agreement is a commitment by the employer / supervisor to take the time to discuss and supervise the direction and quality of the work through consultations and discussions. A meeting to discuss the progress and direction of the qualification objective will take place at least once a year.

The minimum standard for an academic qualification objective takes each of the following points into account:

  • The objective should have the character of a new development, either of an object/item or a method, or else be an aspect of design research
  • The objective should be described systematically
  • The objective should culminate in a professional publication
  • The objective should contain the name of the author and the TUM as institution

A project outline submitted along with the signed agreements must be completed within one year, including specifics concerning its realization and annual targets.

The introduction of qualification agreements follows a resolution by the Department Council from the 11 June 2014. Qualification agreements will also be introduced for existing contracts of employments.