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Our ambition as a university is to be one of the best. To realise this, we need to hire people with expert knowledge and skills, and give them room to excel. They range from talented new researchers to renowned professors and from study coordinators to IT managers.

Staff recruitment

If you need to recruit a new secretary, professor or any other new employee, your HR adviser can help you.

The University applies an open recruitment procedure for all job openings. Faculties may follow a different procedure if they are recruiting PhD candidates, lecturers or researchers for temporary positions. Assistant lecturers (UD) must always be recruited in an open competition. Also professors are usually appointed in an open procedure.

In principle, academic staff who will work as either a lecturer or a researcher are given a temporary contract, with no prospect on permanent employment. The approval of the Executive Board is needed for any exceptions to this rule.

Open recruitment is not compulsory if:

  • An agreement is in place concerning a tenure track employment or an employee’s career development.
  • The Executive Board has approved an ‘accelerated procedure’ for the appointment of a professor.
  • A lecturer is being internally promoted to the position of associate professor (UHD).

If you wish to recruit staff, always contact your HRM adviser first.


Read about the recruitment process and forms that you will need to fill in if you want to recruit new staff.

Hiring temporary staff

If you need to hire temporary staff such as temps, guest lecturers or contractors, certain rules apply. Find out more about your options and what you need to take into account.


For a number of Faculties and service units the recruitment and selection process is digitised. With your uAccess account you have access to the e-recruitment system, where you can, for example, view letters and resumes of applicants. That saves time and administration.

Employees of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FSW), the Faculty of Humanities (FGW) the Faculty of Law (FdR), ICLON, ISSC, Administration and Central Services (BB) and Student and Educational Affairs (SOZ) have access to the e-recruitment system.


The University encourages its staff to develop and grow in their work. This enables them to move towards their next position. The University has various career guidance options and career paths. As an internal candidate, you may have priority for an internal vacancy.

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