Young scientists at the TUM School of Life Sciences

As a young scientist, you will find excellent conditions for your research at the TUM School of Life Sciences as well as a wide range of options to support you on your career path. Doctorate, TUM Junior Fellowship, tenure track professorship or classical habilitation what is your next career step?


Doctoral students at the TUM School of Life Sciences work on challenging scientific issues

Doctoral candidates at TUM work on challenging scientific issues and are supervised by renowned researchers. The TUM Graduate School promotes an environment in which scientific knowledge and professional qualification are optimally intertwined. It offers all doctoral students at TUM an attractive, doctorate-accompanying advanced training program.

The Graduate Center Weihenstephan (GZW) is an institution of the TUM Graduate School (TUM-GS) and at the same time part of the TUM School of Life Sciences. In order to provide the best possible support for doctoral students, the Graduate Center Weihenstephan designs the framework of the TUM-GS in a needs-oriented manner, taking local requirements into account.



Dr. Daniela Röder

Phone +49.8161.71.2968
E-mail gzw[at]

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TUM Junior Fellows

The TU Munich awards the title of TUM Junior Fellow to those junior researchers who have started their own independent research group financed through third-party funding as a result of a successful application for a highly competitive program. According to the program, junior fellows are those who have not been holding a tenure track professorship beforehand.

The TUM Talent Factory for postdocs provides support if you want to conduct a research project at TUM.

TUM Faculty Tenure Track

Tenure track: the best prospects for international young scientists

TUM Faculty Tenure opens up optimal career and promotion opportunities for international young scientists. Promising talents are appointed as Tenure Track Assistant Professors (W2). Those who prove themselves later become first "Associate Professor", then "Full Professor" and thus have the realistic prospect of a permanent W3 professorship. This performance-oriented career model makes the Technical University of Munich attractive for top talents from all over the world.


The classic path to a professorship leads via the habilitation. With the habilitation thesis, young researchers demonstrate their outstanding scientific achievements. Those who successfully complete the habilitation are qualified to teach.The legal basis for this can be found in the Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz and in the Habilitation Regulations of Technische Universität München (HabilO) issued on the basis of this law.



Franziska Maune

Phone +49.8161.71.3258
E-Mail franziska.maune[at]


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