Start projects with your own staff How does the appointments process actually work in detail? How are research applications evaluated? And how are the final decisions made? Despite primarily being experts in their field, professors also automatically take on a management role. Leadership competency can be a positive factor in achieving tenure, and can be developed by guiding future talent, supervising thesis work and attending trainings. The best evidence of your skills in this area is obviously having a research project approved, allowing you to recruit and supervise employees in your own project. After 2 years (4 years starting October 2016) of postdoctoral research work, you are generally eligible to apply for SNSF project funding. As an assistant professor at the HSG, effective 1 February 2016 you are in principle also entitled to submit project applications and applications for start-up financing to the Basic Research Fund (GFF).