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Appointment procedures

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Appointment procedures serve to recruit excellent academics who shape research and teaching in their subject area over the years. The overall university guidelines are laid down in the appointment regulations of the University of Basel (Berufungsordnung). In addition, further guidelines apply to appointments at university level.

Report of the search committee

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The search committee specifies the quality requirements for the candidates, examines the application documents and invites the best candidates to give a lecture and to further interviews. As a signatory to the DORA declaration, the University of Basel is committed to assessing research expertise in a differentiated manner and places great emphasis on academic content. The search committee presents its findings in a report, which includes a list of proposed candidates to be submitted to the faculty.

Appointment negotiations

The faculty assemblies, the President’s Board and the University Council decide on the basis of the report of the search committee whether appointment negotiations should be initiated. These negotiations are conducted by the President together with the Vice President People & Culture and the dean of the relevant faculty.


The final election of the candidate is the responsibility of the University Council and is then announced publicly. In the case of assistant professors with and without tenure track, the appointment is made by the President’s Board.


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