First of all you need to be clear on what your research profile is and what things are important to you in connection with a professorship. This can include many questions. Is there a specific research area that you (feel you) belong to? Are there chairs/departments in your area of expertise? What is the forecast for the next few years in terms of planned professorships? What are the job requirements for currently advertised professorships?
The next step is to prepare for the appointment process: the process, the legal framework, the analysis of advertisements, selection of topic for the presentation before the appointments committee, interview with the appointments committee, developing negotiation strategies etc.
Please refer to our Programme for Mid-Career Researcher for our yearly Training on Appointment Procedures.
Job market for science and research
Current habilitations and appointments in German-speaking countries