The Osnabrück Career Path to a Professorship at a University of Applied Sciences (UAS)


CarLa, short for “Career Lab Hochschule Osnabrück”, is a new project designed by the university to improve the application situation in appointment procedures. The goal is to recruit and professionally develop tenured faculty. The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is currently looking for interested early stage researchers, and is keen to attract both top talents and high potentials and to assist them on their path to a UAS professorship.

The core aspect of this project is to experimentally develop, pilot, and showcase the innovative model of an “Osnabrück Career Path” to a professorship at a UAS. Potential talents will be guided on their career path to a UAS professorship in a way that respects their individual strengths and needs, takes account of their different life situations, and opens up possibilities for professional development. This means providing flexible support to potential candidates – be it in the area of doctoral studies, or research, teaching, and professional experience – in a bid to enhance their ability to pursue a UAS career.


The graphic is a multicolored diagram consisting of four columns, which from left to right have the headings Scouting, Qualification Monitoring, Qualification and Prospect Management. The columns are blue, except for Qualification (third column), which is red. Below the titles are pictograms, binoculars for Scouting, a checklist with two items checked off for Qualification Monitoring, a seal with the letter Q for Qualification, and a rectangle with four arrows pointing alternately to the left and right with different types of lines.  To the left outside the colored area, and thus next to the first column, are three people of different sizes, so that they appear to be at different distances. Below them is the term "talents". From the foremost person, an arrow points into the first column, Scouting, to two people within it. One person is color-coded, her clothes say CarLa, and a speech bubble emanates from her that says "Hi, I'm CarLa." Below that it says "First Contact." An arrow points from these two people to two seated people in the second bar, qualification monitoring. Again, one person in a different color has CarLa written on the torso, and is now holding a checklist.  Speech bubbles emanate from both persons, each with a question mark and an exclamation point.  From this illustration, an arrow points to the next bar, Qualification. There, above the text "Quali-Bausteine" is a pictogram of a slanted wall made of building blocks. Above it are three symbols: a gear, a smiley face, and an ear of corn.  In the last bar, Prospect Management, the CarLa person highlighted in color can be seen again, and a speech bubble emanates from her with the text: "We'll be in touch!" The other person is now to the right of and thus outside the colored area and subtitled as "Appealable prospect."

One unique component of CarLa is its long-term approach and the attention it gives to individual life situations and career plans. Combining individual professional development with different stages of family life must become a top priority to pave the way for women in particular to embark on a UAS professorship. Doing so will allow individual career planning, and demonstrate the university’s commitment as a modern and attractive employer.

The steps developed in CarLa are derived from a strategic profile of skills that the university will need from future professors. These skills relate to interdisciplinarity, digitalization, internationalization, and sustainability, as well as to gender and diversity awareness.


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Project Management

Project Assistance

Increasing the Visibility and Attractiveness of the University

Collaboration Platform

Management of Lectureships

Welcome Center & International Researchers and Applicants

Communication Management & Employer Branding

Active Talent Scouting, Qualification Monitoring, and Diversity Management

Talent Scouting & Recruiting

Qualification Monitoring

Diversity Management

Farming & Food Talent Academy

Academic Management

Vice Management

Coordination & Networking

Health & Living Talent Academy

Academic Management

Vice Management


Smart Factory & Products Talent Academy

Academic Management

Vice Management

Coordination & Networking

Project Background

The CarLa Project will run until March 2027 on the basis of a grant awarded by the “FH-Personal” program, jointly funded by Germany’s federal and state governments. This program is designed to foster new impetus and open up the process of recruiting and developing future tenured staff at universities of applied sciences.

In addition to the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, over 60 other UAS have begun to create pathways for expanding the opportunities to recruit and develop future UAS professors. More information about the “FH-Personal” program co-financed by the federal and state governments is available (in German) here: