The holders of the title of docent have a thorough knowledge of their field, good teaching skills and the ability to conduct independent scholarly work. The title of docent is typically applied for at the second (end of the postdoctoral stage) or third level of the four-level hierarchy of teaching and research positions. The Faculty of Arts accepts applications for the title of docent twice a year. Applications must be submitted to the Faculty Office from 1 to 31 January or from 1 to 31 August, preferably in good time because the application processes are long: it takes usually about one year from submitting the application to granting the title of docent.