For the time being, Eindhoven University of Technology is opening vacancies for academic staff exclusively for women. The Executive Board has informed all employees and students about this.
All vacancies may only be filled by women for a year and a half. The technical university prefers to appoint women for a period of five years. The measure will take effect on 1 July and must result in one in five professors already being women next year.
The measure is part of the Irène Curie Fellowship. An additional budget of 100,000 euros will be made available for each new employee for their own research and they will receive a mentor.
Vacancies where a suitable female candidate is not found within six months are then placed outside the Irène Curie Fellowship program. Even then, the application committee must invite at least one woman and one man. The TU wants at least half of all new assistant professors to be women.
"We attach great importance to equal rights and opportunities for women and men," says Rector Frank Baaijens of Eindhoven University of Technology. "It has been known for some time that a diverse workforce functions better. It leads to better strategies, more creative ideas and faster innovation."
According to Baaijens, TU Delft had already taken measures to increase the low percentage of female academics for some time, but it is going too slowly.