Below please find information about the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and obtaining a venia legendi (authority to teach) in the Department of Biology. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Markus Brändel(%20markus.braendel"AT"uni-hamburg.de) in the Academic Office of the Department of Biology.
The legal basis for the Habilitation is the
- Habilitationsordnung des Fachbereiches Biologie der Universität Hamburg vom 19. Januar 1982 (Habilitation regulations for the Department of Biology at Universität Hamburg, last updated 19 January 1982, in German only) (PDF).
The Habilitation procedure is divided into the following steps (the procedure should ideally take about six months):
1. Find a mentor
Find a mentor in the Department of Biology who works in the field in which you would like to obtain your Habilitation. A mentor must be either a professor or a member of the Department of Biology who has completed a Habilitation.
2. Habilitation thesis
As a rule a Habilitation requires at least eight peer-reviewed publications in journals, and you must have been the first or senior author for at least 50% of these. The publications must cover one subject area and may not have been a part of the candidate’s PhD. Where necessary, candidates should supply a description of their own contributions in accordance with Section 2 subsection 2 of the Habilitation Regulations (Habilitationsordnung, HabilO).
The Habilitation thesis should contain the following:
- list of publications and manuscripts that are a part of the Habilitation thesis
- acknowledgments (if applicable)
- Meaningful, cross thematic research report
- tabular CV and proof of scholarly activity (publications, lectures and posters, and reviewer activities)
- appendix (publications and manuscripts)
- sworn declaration
3. Submit an admission application
Submit an informal admission application for the Habilitation procedure. Please address this to the head of the Department Council Biology and submit it along with the following supporting documents to the Academic Office of the Department of Biology (Section 2 subsection 2 HabilO):
- curriculum vitae
- doctoral diploma (please bring the original to the academic office; they will make a copy there)
- Habilitation thesis in quintuplicate (no spiral bindings)
- CD-Rom with the Habilitation thesis as an pdf-file
- statement as to whether or not you have already applied for the Habilitation elsewhere
- list of publications
- if applicable, a request to submit the Habilitation thesis in a language other than German (Section 2 subsection 3 HabilO)
4. Decision of the Department Council
The Department Council Biology makes a decision within two months after receipt of the application and required supporting documents.
5. Presentation to the board
Prior to the meeting of the Department Council, you must hold a one-hour presentation on your research area and then answer questions for about twenty minutes. The next meetings will be held on 14.01., 18.02., 17.03., 28.04., 26.05., 23.06., 14.07., 8.09., 06.10., 3.11. and 01.12.2020. Please register at Mr. Brändel(%20markus.braendel"AT"uni-hamburg.de) no later than one week before the meeting you want to attend.
6. Appointment of the Habilitation Committee
Subsequently, the department’s extended board will make a decision regarding the initiation of the procedure and appoint a five-member Habilitation Committee consisting of professors or members of the Department of Biology who have completed a Habilitation.
7. Review of the Habilitation thesis
The Habilitation Committee reviews the Habilitation thesis and orders three independent reviews, which should be submitted to the committee within three months. A reviewer must be either a professor or a researcher who has completed a Habilitation. At least two of the reviewers should not be members of Universität Hamburg (incl. UKE and professors appointed jointly with Universität Hamburg). You have the right to suggest a reviewer.
8. Formal review
After receipt of the reviews, the Committee draws up a report and submits it to the Department Council (formal review).
9. Habilitation certificate
You will be informed of the decision in writing and receive your Habilitation certificate at the academic office. The certificate is signed by the dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Natural Sciences as well as the chair of the Habilitation Committee, and it bears the Universität Hamburg seal.
The Habilitation thesis or, in the case of a cumulative Habilitation, the articles submitted but not yet published should be published within two years after the Habilitation. This may be done in parts and, if applicable, together with the other researchers who were involved.
After publication, three printed copies of the Habilitation thesis or the articles that had not yet been published when the Habilitation thesis was submitted should be delivered free of charge to the Department of Biology.
Teaching authorization—venia legendi
The legal basis for the venia legendi or authorization to teach is the
- Satzung der Universität Hamburg über die Verleihung der Lehrbefugnis als Privatdozentin oder Privatdozent gemäß §17 Absatz 2 des Hamburgischen Hochschulgesetzes vom 17.11.2011 (Universität Hamburg bylaws on granting a teaching authorization as a Privatdozent in accordance with Section 17 subsection 2 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act, last updated 17 November 2011, in German only) (PDF).
The prerequisite is a Habilitation at a German university (Section 1 subsection 1) and an academic teaching qualification.
As defined in Section 1 subsection 1, the teaching qualification is recognized in the Department of Biology if you have at least three years’ experience in academic teaching in the bachelor’s degree programs (50%) and in the master’s degree programs (50%) with two teaching hours in the area for which you are applying for teaching authorization. The considered teaching may not be older than 10 years. You must also give a trial lecture.
Proof of teaching activities should be submitted to Dr. Markus Brändel(%20markus.braendel"AT"uni-hamburg.de) in the Academic Office of the Department of Biology. Teaching activities completed at other universities may be considered providing you furnish proof.
The Department’s extended committee decides whether or not to grant a venia legendi after the trial lecture.