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Full Professorship (W3) for IT Entrepreneurship
Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH / University of Potsdam
The Digital Engineering Faculty at the University of Potsdam hereby announces a joint professorship under the Jülich
Model with the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH to be filled immediately:
Full Professorship (W 3) for IT Entrepreneurship
The Digital Engineering Faculty invites applications for a new professorship in IT Entrepreneurship. The position aims to
bridge the gap between research and teaching in information technology at the faculty and the foundation and development
of startup companies that bring innovative research results to the market. The successful candidate will be responsible for
the further development of the HPI School of Entrepreneurship (E-School) and will teach in the faculty’s bachelor’s and
master’s programs. Additionally, the professor will assume responsibility for the HPI Seed Fund, which is a venture capital
fund that supports startup companies during early phase development with resources and advice.
Innovative new companies are a strong economic engine. Startups in the area of information and software technology
have an enormous potential. In addition to technical know-how, special IT business management expertise is required.
The E-School targets this interface directly, offering in-depth knowledge in the area of business models and their transfer
to practice. It covers their development through the startup process and planning of new companies to the marketing of
products and services.
The HPI E-School shall further develop into a highly visible competence center that expresses the close connection
between outstanding teaching and research in digital engineering and successful entrepreneurship. In addition, the
existing ambition of establishing a successful portfolio of startups by means of the HPI Seed Funds shall be expanded.
With a special focus on the disruptive potential of IT innovations, and in close collaboration with the HPI School of Design
Thinking, the professorship shall explore and exploit the opportunities in digital transformation and changes in digital
Prerequisites for the position are a doctorate in economics or a related field, as well an IT engineering background. The
successful candidate will have made outstanding research contributions and exhibit in-depth expertise in the areas of
entrepreneurship, information technology and startup ecosystems.
Interdisciplinary collaboration with stakeholders, a good scientific network and close cooperation with internationally
recognized startup ecosystems are expected. The successful candidate will further be responsible for the independent
organization of research projects and new associations as well as national and international networks. Leadership and
active participation in projects with business and society is expected as well.
Contact person is Prof. Dr. Mathias Weske: email@example.com
The joint professorship is being filled under the Jülich Model, with a teaching obligation of at least 8 hours per week at
the University of Potsdam.
The following application requirements for professors must be documented in accordance with Section 41 of the Brandenburg
Higher Education Act (Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz, BbgHG): a completed university degree, pedagogical
aptitude, and a special ability for scientific work, as is typically documented by a dissertation project; comprehensive
competences in science management and additional scholarly achievements as evidenced by a Habilitation (post-doctoral
dissertation), a junior professorship or work as a research associate at an institution of higher education or an extramural
research institution, or scholarly activity in the private sector, or in a similar social field, whether in Germany or abroad.
The appointment procedure is conducted in accordance with Section 40 of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act.
The University strives for a balanced gender ratio at all levels. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential
consideration in the event of equal qualification. We expressly invite applications from international candidates.
The University of Potsdam supports newly appointed professors with its Dual Career Service and coaching support:
www.uni-potsdam.de/berufungen.htmlPlease submit your application and relevant documentation (presentation of your research interests, CV, copies
of academic certificates and credentials, list of publications, list of courses taught, list of projects funded
externally) until 30th June 2018 via email (in a single PDF file) firstname.lastname@example.org.