WWU Münster - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Innovation

The Digital Innovation and the Public Sector (DIPS) group at the Department of Information Systems is seeking to fill the position of an Postdoctoral Research Associate in Digital Innovation (Akademische Rätin/Akademischer Rat auf Zeit) at the earliest possible date.

Frist: 31.05.2022

45,000 students and 8,000 employees in teaching, research and administration, all working together to shape perspectives for the future – that is the University of Münster (WWU). Embedded in the vibrant atmosphere of Münster with its high standard of living, the University’s diverse research profile and attractive study programmes draw students and researchers throughout Germany and from around the world.

We are offering a three-year, fixed-term position (100%) with the option to extend by an additional three years. The prospective candidate is required to teach four hours per week during the semester (4 SWS).

What we offer:

The DIPS group focuses on the impact of the digital transformation at the intersection of the public and private sectors with the civic society. The group is closely affiliated with the REACH start-up center of the university and the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS), a global research network of Information System scholars and practitioners.

Joining this vivid ecosystem at the interface of the digital transformation and innovation processes, you will work with a motivated, collegial, and ambitious team. You will be involved in the co-supervision of Ph.D. students and receive ample time to pursue your own research projects and interests. You will also be able to expand your teaching portfolio at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

In addition, WWU offers flexible working hours in a family-friendly environment as well as a competitive salary and additional benefits.

Your tasks:

  • Conduct outstanding research on digital innovation phenomena, such as the emergence of platform ecosystems, digital health, smart cities, or the digital disruption of the public sector. The DIPS group puts quality over quantity, seeking to publish in high-quality outlets such as the FT50 list of journals for management research.
  • Co-supervise and support one or multiple Ph.D. students in their trajectories and research projects.
  • For the first two years, tasks will involve the coordination of the project “Digital Innovation and Sustainable Development” funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-​Westphalia, during open educational resources will be developed and piloted.
  • Teach courses with a total of four hours of instruction per week (4 SWS). During the first two years, teaching will be covered by activities within the aforementioned project.
  • Explore funding opportunities and acquire competitive third-party funding that aligns with your and the group’s research and teaching objectives.

Our expectations:

  • Ph.D. degree in management, economics, or information systems related to digital innovation
  • Pipeline of high-quality paper manuscripts and/or research projects
  • History of successful teamwork as, for instance, reflected in multi-author research papers or projects
  • Excellent command of English in written and spoken form
  • Teaching experience at a university level
  • Ideally, previous experience related to team leadership, funding acquisition, and project management

The University of Münster is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the proportion of women academics. Consequently, we actively encourage applications by women. Female candidates with equivalent qualifications and academic achievements will be preferentially considered within the framework of the legal possibilities.

The University of Münster is committed to employing more staff with disabilities. Candidates with recognized severe disabilities who have equivalent qualifications are given preference in hiring decisions.

Positions can generally be filled as part-time positions if there are no compelling work-related reasons against doing so.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Dr. Tobias Brandt, tobias.brandt@ercis.uni-muenster.de, +49 251 83-38051.

Are you interested? Then we look forward to receiving your application via email, in PDF format, by May 31, 2022. Application documents should include:

Curriculum Vitae

  • A list of publications and current work in progress
  • A sample manuscript of a research paper (published or working paper) authored by the candidate to a substantial degree

Please send it to:


Please note that we cannot consider other file formats or applications not submitted via e-mail.

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität

Department of Information Systems

Digital Innovation and the Public Sector

Prof. Dr. Tobias Brandt

Leonardo-Campus 3

48149 Münster, Germany