Responsibility for the selection procedure lies with the professorial appointment committee. It is their duty to find the most suitable candidate for the advertised professorship; i.e., the scholar who best complements the research and teaching team of the relevant organizational unit and can best contribute to its further development.
The committee is responsible for the following steps:
- Advertising the vacant position
- Reviewing applications and ranking candidates according to suitability
- Organizing trial lectures (public) and interviews (non-public) for the best ranked candidates
- Finalizing a list of proposed candidates (as a rule, three candidates) for submission to the Executive Board of the University
The key criteria for assessing candidate suitability are academic qualifications in research and teaching, social competence and leadership qualities.
Assessment of Research Achievements
In assessing research achievements, the professorial appointment committee applies cross-disciplinary, qualitative criteria (cf. Guidelines on Selection Procedures); it also respects the guidelines of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which UZH signed in 2014. As a signatory to the declaration, the University commits to forgoing the use of journal-based metrics (such as journal impact factors) in assessing academic merit.
Assessment of Social Competence and Leadership Skills
Although professors are primarily responsible for research and teaching, they also act in leadership positions. A structured interview is thus carried out in addition to the general interview to assess the candidate’s transferable skills (e.g. leadership skills). The structured interview was developed by a team of experts in cooperation with the faculties to support the professorial appointment committee in their assessment process.