UNIVERSITÄT POTSDAM / HPI - W2 Digital Technology, Governance and Policy

The University of Potsdam, Digital Engineering Faculty, a joint faculty with the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI), invites applications for a joint professorship under the Thuringian Model with the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) to be filled as soon as possible: Professorship (W 2) for Digital Technology, Governance, and Policy.

Frist: 17.07.2022

The University of Potsdam (UP) has firmly established itself within the scientific landscape since its founding in 1991. The university is a prominent economic factor and engine of development for the region. It is highly successful in acquiring external funds, has received multiple awards for its teaching, and has a very service-oriented administration. About 22,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff members work and study at its three campuses – Am Neuen Palais, Griebnitzsee, and Golm – located in one of Germany’s most scenic areas. The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is unique in the German university landscape. Academically structured as the independent Faculty of Digital Engineering at the University of Potsdam, HPI unites excellent research and teaching with the advantages of a privately financed institute and a tuition-free study program.

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) and the Digital Engineering Faculty (DEF) are dedicated to interdisciplinary research in computer science and digital technologies. As part of the current growth initiative at the HPI and the DEF, we are looking for candidates with an internationally acclaimed research and teaching profile. We seek a candidate with an academic profile in governance and public policy combined with at least one digital technology field like cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, IT entrepreneurship, platforms, platform economy, or open tech. The aim of this professorship is to translate findings into governance, corporate, and organizational practice. We expect the candidate to focus her/his research on administrative reforms with a good governance perspective in developing countries (according to the OECD DAC list). In addition, the candidate must address research questions around topics such as digitalization and innovation while taking principles like “leave no one behind,” multi-actor partnerships, and boundary-spanning approaches into account.

The candidate must demonstrate excellent achievements in the following areas:

  • Teaching on policy and governance design and/or one of the above-mentioned digital technology fields with excellent evaluation results.
  • Strong and outstanding publication track record in international conference proceedings and journals.
  • Collaboration and networking with academic institutions in the field of governance, public policy, or digital technology.
  • Very good language proficiency in German and for DAC listed countries (English and a second language).
  • Academic degrees.
  • Supervision and guidance provided for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. theses.

Furthermore, experience in the following areas would be an asset:

  • Experience in academic consulting or equivalent activities commissioned by governments, think tanks, NGOs, etc. in the field of public policy advice as well as on-the-ground experience in OECD DAC countries.
  • Working with and/or leading interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Development and structuring of knowledge exchange projects, such as executive education programs and other educational measures with participants from academics, politics, government, corporations, and civil society.
  • Acquisition of third-party funds for research collaboration projects.
  • Involvement in academic self-government.

We are looking for a team-oriented and committed individual. Further responsibilities include course development and teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels within the degree programs of the DEF. Applicants must have a doctoral degree in public policy / political science, information management, innovation and technology management, business administration, economics, or computer science. We offer excellent opportunities for researchers to develop their research and teaching skills even further. The Digital Engineering Faculty and the HPI provide excellent opportunities through their Research Schools and Schools of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship to reach out to relevant partner universities. We offer an inclusive and family-friendly environment. This position is funded by the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) for a period of 5 years. For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel (falk.uebernickel@hpi.uni-potsdam.de). The joint professorship is being filled under Thuringian Model, with a teaching obligation according to Section 40 (9) of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz, BbgHG) at the University of Potsdam. An employment contract will be concluded between Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) and the professor. The right to use the title of “Professor” as a professional designation is granted for the duration of the employment relationship. The hiring process is subject to the requirements set forth in Section 41 subsection 1 no. 1 - 3, 4a and 4c of the Brandenburg Higher Education Act (BbgHG). The appointment procedure is conducted in accordance with Section 40 BbgHG.

The University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) aim to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and therefore expressly invite qualified female candidates to apply. The University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH (HPI) value the diversity of their members and pursue the goals of equal opportunities regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion/belief, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity. In the case of equal qualification, women and people with a severe disability will be given preferential consideration in accordance with Section 7 (4) BbgHG. We explicitly welcome applications from abroad and from individuals who will enrich the diversity of our university and represent a variety of individual backgrounds and experiences. The University of Potsdam offers dual career support and coaching for newly-appointed professors: www.uni-potsdam.de/arbeiten-an-der-up/appointments.

Please submit your application (including presentation of your research interests, curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates and documents, list of publications, list of courses taught, teaching evaluation, list of externally funded projects) by July 17, 2022 to https://www.uni-potsdam.de/de/digital-engineering/aktuelles/ausschreibungen.