Habilitation and Professor Appointment Procedure

Basic information

Habilitation and professor appointment procedures at the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University are subject to MU Directive No. 7/2017. The Faculty of Science offers nearly 30 fields of habilitation procedure and over 25 fields of procedure for appointment as professor. Information on ongoing habilitation procedures can be found here, and you can view the ongoing professor appointment procedures at the MU Faculty of Science here.

All the information needed to start the qualification procedure can be found below together with information about its process. Before submitting an application, it is necessary to review all the information, i.e., the indicative criteria for applicants, the application procedure, and the course of qualification procedures at the Faculty of Science.

Approximate requirement criteria for applicants

Applicants demonstrate:

    • Pedagogical experience with leading semester-long courses
    • Experience with supervising bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral students
    • International experience and impact independence in securing and implementation one's research activities
    • Overall publishing performance, high-quality scientific output, and international response
    • Major contribution to scientific publications

Before preparing an application for the initiation of the procedure, consultation with the director of the relevant institute or the Vice-Dean for Science and Research of the MU Faculty of Science is recommended. Consultation is also advisable if the expected pedagogical and professional experience do not match the applicant's actual experience.

Meeting the field-specific indicators may not be interpreted as claimable. The board always individually assesses the comprehensive profile of the applicant. Higher values in individual indicators than those specified in the indicative table may be required depending on the particular sub-field. The board also individually assesses situations when the applicant displays lower values in certain indicators, which are, however, balanced out by a better profile in other parameters.


Expected pedagogical and professional experience

Habilitation procedure

  • More than 5 years of active pedagogical practice at higher education institutions
  • Teaching a semester-long course (at least a seminar, tutorial, etc.)
  • Independent grant activity with the potential to obtain extramural research funding
  • Supervision of successfully defended bachelor’s and master’s theses (the expected numbers vary by field and are assessed by the habilitation board)
  • Significant international experience, usually an international postdoctoral stay

Professor appointment procedure

  • Usually 10 years of active pedagogical practice at higher education institutions
  • Guaranteeing and leading a lecture or other important semester-long course
  • Supervision of doctoral students and successfully defended doctoral theses (the expected numbers vary by field and are assessed by the evaluation board)
  • Leading a research or grant group, independent grant activity
  • Significant and independent international experience

Expected field-specific requirements for research activity

Table – indicative requirements (1st number – habilitation procedure / 2nd number – professor appointment procedure). Please note that higher indicators may be expected at individual sub-areas.

 

High-quality research outcomes with a major contribution of the applicant (i.e. typically main or corresponding author*)

Original publications (regular articles) in WoS

International peer-review publications (in total)

Citations (without self-citations) in WoS**

Geography, Geology, Anthropology

2 / 6

6 / 15

20 / 40

15 / 30

Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Environmental Health Science

5 / 20

15 / 40

n/a

100 / 200

Mathematics

2 / 6

6 / 15

15 / 30

10 / 30

Physics

5 / 10

15 / 40

n/a

60 / 200

*original publications in journals above the median of the field according to WoS, monographs
**other citations may exceptionally be accepted for specific sub-areas

How to submit an application

  1. Before submitting the application, please consult your intention with the head of the relevant department.
  2. It is assumed that at this point you have already written a habilitation thesis according to the conditions specified in Section 5 of the MU Directive No. 7/2017. Brief information on the habilitation thesis can be found below.
  3. If you completed your doctoral education abroad, it is necessary to nostrify it.
  4. Fill in the faculty annex and annexes according to the Directive.
    • In case you have a high publication and citation activity, you can replace Annex 6 in two ways, see below.
  5. Send the completed annexes in Word by e-mail to the assistant and attach the habilitation thesis, three significant publications, and university diplomas. In the case of a professor appointment procedure, replace the thesis with two letters of recommendation.
  6. The assistant will check the annexes and put them in the correct form together with you.
  7. Once the annexes are in order, print them, sign them and send their scans to the assistant by e-mail.
    • Annexes must be structured in individual files: one attachment = one file.
    • Please name the forms "Surname_Annex 1" etc.
  8. Subsequently, deliver all the necessary documents to the department.

FACULTY ANNEX ANNEXES BY DIRECTIVE


What to pay attention to when filling out the annexes:

  • Fill in all annexes in English. Only those records that have been published in Czech or other language and don't have an English equivalent, can be listed in the original language.
  • Sort records (employment, study, publications) chronologically from newest to oldest.
  • Each entry (publication, article) must always be listed only once – if it falls into more than one category or annex, select only one.
  • List all authors in bibliographic records (do not use the abbreviation "et al.") and always state the title of the article.

Annex No. 1, 2 and 3:

  • List only those academic titles that you can officially use in the Czech Republic. Those are titles obtained in Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia.
  • Do not forget to fill in the field in which the appointment is being sought according to how it is officially determined: Fields of study of the habilitation / professorship procedure.

Annex No. 4 a 5:

  • List all publications and citation records that are relevant to the field.
  • It is not possible to list scientific and pedagogical results that have not yet been published (e.g. preprints, postprints)! These can be listed only in the category Other works considered important by the applicant.
  • The bibliographic record must be in the language in which the publication was published.
  • In Annex No. 5, it is mandatory to state the quartile according to AIS / SJR for records where it is possible.

Annex No. 6:

  • The annex can be replaced by a citation analysis prepared by the Center for Scientometric Support and Evaluation, or by a generated list of citations from WoS or Scopus. In either case, please contact the assistant.
  • It is possible to state self-citations. In that case, it is necessary to state this fact at the beginning of Annex No. 6, and at the same time to write down the share of self-citations in Annex No. 7.
  • List each citation only once. It's all right to list the same citation several times only if it applies to different results, and it means that the author of the citation cited several different results of yours in his one work.

Annex No. 7:

  • If you don't have a citation analysis: the field Citations – international databases contains the sum of citations from WoS and Scopus databases. Other citations are listed in Citations – other.
  • If you do have a citation analysis: enter the number taken from section 3. Citation Impact – Web of Science in the Summary Metrics table. You can select the data from either the Web of Science or Scopus. You can enter the number of citations with self-citations, but then you need to fill in the share of self-citations. If you do not want to list self-citations, enter the number of citations without self-citations and leave the share of self-citations blank. Citations from databases other than WoS and Scopus are listed in Citations – other.
  • In the Additional comments on publication activities section, it is possible to list anything that has not yet been mentioned in other annexes.

The applicant will bring to the department:

1) In the case of a habilitation procedure

  • Originals of all annexes + certified copies of materials documenting the completion of higher education and obtained academic degrees in ring (or other) binding
    • University diplomas and relevant annexes (final state examination certificate, diploma supplement, etc.).
    • A certified copy may constitute a notarized copy, a copy certified by a registry office, or a statement issued by an authorized employee of the department.
    • Therefore, if you do not have certified copies of the diplomas, just include a copy in the file and bring the original diplomas with you to the department – the assistant will compare the copies to the originals which will then be stamped and signed.
    • Sort materials according to the guidelines of the directive: Annex 2, Annex 3, diplomas, Annexes 4-9.
    • Print the documents on both sides, connect them with a stapler and place them in a folder, preferably with a hard binding (ring binding, quick binder, etc.).
  • (Habilitation thesis)
    • The habilitation thesis is primarily submitted in electronic form. The possible number of printed copies is later determined by the habilitation board according to its needs, resp. according to the requirements of opponents. If the electronic version of the thesis is sufficient for the assessment, it is not necessary to submit the habilitation thesis in printed form.
    • ATTENTION! There are several types of habilitation thesis. Article 5 of Directive No 7 sets out the requirements for each type of thesis. We list the essentials of the most common type of thesis:

Habilitation thesis – type B:

  • The thesis consists of already published papers! It is not possible to list scientific papers that have not yet been officially published.
  • The thesis contains a so-called commentary. The commentary is in English and, like the abstract, it should briefly (1–2 pages) present what the applicant has done in his/her habilitation thesis, what the main aims and results are, what methods were used, etc. In the case of articles with co-authors, it is important to include the applicant’s contribution in terms of both quality and content.
  • You can look at one of the applicant's commentaries published on the page of his qualification procedure.
  • You can download an example of a possible commentary structure here.

2) In the case of a professor appointment procedure

    • Originals of annexes + certified copies of university diplomas and relevant annexes + letters of recommendation
      • Relevant annexes such as final state examination certificate, diploma supplement, etc.
      • A certified copy may constitute a notarized copy, a copy certified by a registry office, or a statement issued by an authorized employee of the department.
      • Therefore, if you do not have certified copies of the diplomas, just include a copy in the file and bring the original diplomas with you to the department – the assistant will compare the copies to the originals, which will then be stamped and signed.
      • Letters of recommendation mean two letters from professors in identical or similar fields. In case these letters are written in a language other than English, the applicant shall also provide a notarized translation into English.
      • Sort materials according to the guidelines of the directive: Annex 2, recommendation letters, Annex 3, diplomas, Annexes 4-9.
      • Print the documents on both sides, connect them with a stapler and place them in a folder, preferably with a hard binding (ring binding, quick binder, etc.).
    • Two copies of Annex No. 3, and one copy of Annexes No. 4, 5, and 9 (insert into a separate folder)
      • (Three publications considered by the applicant to be the most significant) – send by e-mail in PDF. At the end of the professor appointment procedure, you will need to print these publications for the Scientific Board of the Masaryk University

Applicants submit all materials to the Office for Doctoral Studies, Quality, Academic Affairs, and Internationalization to the hands of Mrs. Procházková.


Nostrification of foreign doctoral education

  • If you completed your doctoral education abroad, it is necessary to have this education nostrified (recognized) at the Research & Development Office of the MU Rector's Office.
  • It is advisable to start the nostrification process while filling out the annexes.
  • All information on how to nostrify your foreign education can be found here.
  • Education from Hungary, Poland, Slovenia and also Slovakia is recognized as equivalent and diploma holders can use them directly in the Czech Republic without the need for recognition.
  • The proof of recognition of equivalent foreign education should be attached to the copies of the diplomas in your file. Bring the original with you to the department, against which the copy will be compared and officially certified.

Equivalence agreements: rank of associate professor and professor

  • If the Czech Republic has an equivalence agreement enshrining the equality of titles and ranks, then scientific ranks are automatically recognized as equivalent.
  • However, if there is no equivalence agreement, the ranks cannot be recognized as equivalent to Czech ranks.
  • The Czech Republic has an equivalence agreement with the following countries:
    • Poland – equivalence of ranks and titles of associate professor and professor
    • Slovakia – equivalence of ranks and titles of associate professor and professor only until 28/3/2015
    • Germany – equivalence of the qualification of associate professor only
    • Hungary and Slovenia – does not apply to the titles of associate professor and professor

Updating the annexes:

You may update the annexes – with the exception of public lecture proposals in Annex 1 or 2 – at any time during the procedure, but always in such a manner so that such annexes are made available to all other parties participating in the procedure (i.e., habilitation board and scientific board members) no later than 5 workdays prior to their evaluation. Each updated document must include the current date and your signature. Both electronic and physical versions of this document are required.

Information on the process of the procedures

Public lecture

The public lecture takes place after the habilitation/evaluation board (and the opponents) was appointed. However, its date has nothing to do with the work of the opponents, it can take place in parallel. The topic of the public lecture will be selected by the board from the three proposals of the applicant listed in Annex 1. All communication regarding this event is agreed upon between the applicant and the chairman of the board.

Information about the lecture is usually published on the institute's website so that interested members of the public can attend. The lecture must be attended by at least 3 members of the board so that it can be evaluated in writing. It is always necessary to create an attendance list of all present listeners from the event.

Public Lecture Evaluation form


Scientific Board of the MU Faculty of Science

Once all the necessary steps have been taken in the given procedure, it is possible to forward the application to the Scientific Board of the faculty. The meeting shall be attended by the applicant, members of the Scientific Board, the Chairman of the Board, and eventually the public (guests).

The procedure is initiated by the chairman, who briefly introduces the applicant and provides summary information on the board's vote. This is followed by a lecture provided by the applicant, which lasts 15 minutes and during which the applicant should prove his scientific and pedagogical competence in the field.

After the lecture, in the case of the habilitation procedure, the chairman comments on the opponents' reviews and selects up to two questions from their reviews, to which the applicant responds. Following is a discussion in which the members of the Scientific Board ask questions to the applicant.

After a public debate, there is a non-public discussion between Scientific Board members which ends with a secret ballot. The Dean announces the result of the vote to the applicant – the proposal is either forwarded, or the procedure is terminated.

Habilitation procedures
Name MU Faculty field of study Started
Mgr. David Bednář, Ph.D. Faculty of Science Environmental Health Sciences 29 Jun 2022
Mgr. Pavel Dvořák, Ph.D. Faculty of Science Molecular Biology and Genetics 17 Feb 2022
Mgr. Zdeněk Farka, Ph.D. Faculty of Science Biochemistry 11 Jan 2022
Ing. Jiří Orava, Ph.D. Faculty of Science Condensed Matter Physics 4 Jan 2022
Jörgen Linus Wulff, M.Sc., Ph.D. Faculty of Science Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics 9 Nov 2021
Fields of habilitation procedure
field of study MU Faculty Accreditation expiry date
Analytical Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Animal Physiology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Anthropology Faculty of Science 10/13/2030
Biochemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Biomolecular Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Botany Faculty of Science 5/3/2028
Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing Faculty of Science 10/15/2029
Condensed Matter Physics Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Ecology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Ecotoxicology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Environmental Health Sciences Faculty of Science 6/22/2031
Environmental Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Genomics and Proteomics Faculty of Science 9/1/2030
Geology Faculty of Science 5/3/2028
Inorganic Chemistry Faculty of Science 10/15/2029
Mathematics - Algebra and Theory of Numbers Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Mathematics - Applied Mathematics Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Mathematics - Geometry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Mathematics - Mathematical Analysis Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Microbiology Faculty of Science 9/17/2029
Molecular Biology and Genetics Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Organic Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Physical Geography Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Physical Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Physics of Plasma Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Plant Physiology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Social geography and regional development Faculty of Science 1/7/2030
Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics Faculty of Science 11/27/2029
Zoology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Professorship procedures
Name MU Faculty field of study Started
doc. RNDr. Petr Skládal, CSc. Faculty of Science Biochemistry 17 Jan 2022
doc. RNDr. Tomáš Řezník, Ph.D. Faculty of Science Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing 2 Nov 2021
doc. Mgr. Michal Hájek, Ph.D. Faculty of Science Botany 13 Oct 2021
Fields of professorship procedure
field of study MU Faculty Accreditation expiry date
Analytical Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Animal Physiology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Anthropology Faculty of Science 10/13/2030
Biochemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Biomolecular Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Botany Faculty of Science 5/3/2028
Cartography, Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing Faculty of Science 10/15/2029
Condensed Matter Physics Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Ecology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Ecotoxicology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Environmental Health Sciences Faculty of Science 6/22/2031
Environmental Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Genomics and Proteomics Faculty of Science 9/1/2030
Geology Faculty of Science 5/3/2028
Inorganic Chemistry Faculty of Science 10/15/2029
Mathematics - Algebra and Theory of Numbers Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Mathematics - Geometry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Mathematics - Mathematical Analysis Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Microbiology Faculty of Science 9/17/2029
Molecular Biology and Genetics Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Organic Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Physical Geography Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Physical Chemistry Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Physics of Plasma Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Plant Physiology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics Faculty of Science 11/27/2029
Zoology Faculty of Science 11/30/2023
Professor emeritus and adjunct professor

Professor emeritus

The status of professor emeritus may be obtained by a former employee of Masaryk University with the academic rank of professor who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of the University or its units through his or her lifelong teaching and scientific activities.

A professor emeritus is an honorary member of the MU academic community and the faculty with the right to contribute to the activities of MU, its faculties, and other institutes. They may play an active role in university life, primarily as consultants on conceptual issues and scholarly and scientific questions. Based on agreements with the faculty, department, or institute heads, a professor emeritus may also contribute to research activities or other activities, or conduct their own research.

The list of emeriti professors for the MU Faculty of Science can be found here.

Procedure for the appointment of professor emeritus

The procedure is regulated by MU Directive No. 5/2018 on Professor Emeritus Status (in Czech). The proposal for appointment shall be submitted by any academic staff member to the Head of the Department of the Faculty where the nominated professor worked. It is a written proposal that includes the nominee's personal data and a justification for the nomination of approximately one page of text; it is accompanied by the nominee's professional CV. The Head of the Department forwards the proposal to the Dean through the Department for Doctoral Studies, Quality, Academic Affairs and Internationalization of the MU Faculty of Science. In case of the Dean's approval, the proposal is submitted to the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science for approval. The Dean then submits the proposal with the approval of the Scientific Board to the Rector for a decision.

The usual form of submitting the proposal to the Rector is a letter from the Dean, which should include:

  • a letter nominating the professor for the rank of professor emeritus,
  • a nominee's professional CV,
  • the minutes from the faculty's scientific board meeting at which the nomination was approved.

The information on the Rector's decision on the appointment as professor emeritus will be forwarded by the Academic Affairs Office of RMU to both the faculty and the newly appointed professor emeritus. The Department that created the proposal will then arrange a contract with the Professor Emeritus according to the template available on the document server (in Czech). The appointment is confirmed at a ceremony at which the rector gives a degree of appointment to the professor emeritus, which usually takes place at a meeting of the Masaryk University's Scientific Board.


Adjunct professor

Act No. 111/1998 Coll., on higher education as amended (the Higher Education Act), establishes that an institute of higher education that has acquired institutional accreditation in a certain area of instruction can establish the position of adjunct professor. Masaryk University acquired institutional accreditation in May 2018 for a period of ten years in 23 areas of instruction. A list is available here (in Czech).

According to the Higher Education Act, holding the position of an adjunct professor is in many respects comparable to possessing the title of associate professor or professor. There are, however, some limitations associated with this position, which are outlined here (in Czech). A person can be hired as an adjunct professor only if they have reached a status equivalent to associate professor or professor outside of the Czech Republic, or if they are a prominent expert who has at least 20 years of experience teaching in a higher education setting.

The process and rules for hiring an adjunct professor are described in Regulations on Competitive Selection Procedures at Masaryk University.

The list of adjunct professors for the MU Faculty of Science can be found here.

The procedure for hiring an adjunct professor

The proposal of the Head of the Department for filling the position of an adjunct professor is first submitted with a brief justification to the head of the Personnel Office of the Faculty of Science, Mgr. Kneblová.

After approval at this level, the proposal is included in the program of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science. Only after the approval by the scientific board of the faculty, it is possible to submit the proposal with all appendices to the rector.

Annexes to the proposal include:

  • an applicant’s CV,
  • documents confirming compliance with legal requirements,
  • the minutes from the meeting of the board responsible for the selection process (if such a meeting was held) or a description and justification of why the position is being filled in this manner;
  • the minutes from the meeting of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Science,
  • other documents deemed necessary by the Head of the Department in question.

To submit a proposal, please use the form found here (in Czech).

Mgr. Jana Procházková

Assistant for Quality and Academic Affairs

Phone: +420 549 49 5929
E‑mail:

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