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


CarLa, short for “Career Lab Osnabrück”, is a project designed to increase the number of applications for professor positions at Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS). One key goal is to attract and qualify applicants. A number of targeted measures support those interested in the career path to a UAS professorship. To this end, we support both so-called high potentials who already fulfill the formal criteria for a UAS professorship, as well as “talents” who are on their way to eligibility.

A core aspect of this project is to experimentally develop, pilot, and publicise the innovative model of an “Osnabrück Career Path” towards a professorship at a UAS. Potential applicants will be individually guided on their career path to a UAS professorship. Our support takes into account future applicants’ own strengths, plans, and preferences, as well as their current career and life stage. This opens up needs-based professional development providing flexible support to potential candidates – be it doctoral programs, research, teaching experience, and/or professional experience. At the end stands a person formally qualified for a UAS professorship.


The graphic is a multicolored diagram consisting of four columns, which from left to right have the headings Scouting, Qualification Monitoring, Professional Development and Talent Management. The columns are blue, except for Professional Development (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 Professional Development, 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 "Initial 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, Professional Development. There, above the text "Elements of professional development" 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, Talent Management, the CarLa person highlighted in color can be seen again, and a speech bubble emanates from her with the text: "Let's stay in touch". The other person is now to the right of and thus outside the colored area and subtitled as "Candidate qualified for a UAS professorship."

One unique component of CarLa is its long-term approach and attention to individual life phases and career plans. Combining needs-based professional development with different stages of family life must become a top priority to pave the way specifically for women to embark on a UAS professorship. Doing so will allow individual career and life planning, and demonstrate Osnabrück UAS’ commitment to being a family friendly and attractive employer.

The measures developed in CarLa are guided by a strategic set of skills that Osnabrück UAS requires from future professors: interdisciplinarity, digitalization, internationalization, sustainability, as well as gender and diversity awareness.




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The Team

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

Talents for Green Transformation 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 90 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: