In line with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg’s ambition to further develop the city into a knowledge metropolis, Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) is expanding its activities in research and teaching. With its strategy of growth TUHH aims to expand its position as a leading international, interdisciplinary, and innovative university of technology. TUHH is a modern and dynamic university, striving for international excellence in research and teaching. It sets the ideal conditions for unlocking the knowledge and innovation potential of today’s technological challenges by combining its engineering expertise in the three focal areas Green Technologies, Life Science Technologies and Aviation and Maritime Systems with cross-cutting research on digitization and new materials. As a part of its educational strategy TUHH is developing new, international degree programs for tomorrow’s engineers, building on its excellent reputation for innovation in teaching and learning for the engineering sciences. TUHH’s strategy of growth envisages closer collaboration and networking with other scientific institutions in the Hamburg metropolitan region as well as strategic collaboration with industrial partners in application-oriented research.


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In a knowledge-based, digital, and global economy, collaboration is a prerequisite for achieving long-term success and competitiveness. Supported by the sponsor Tempowerk (previously known as hit-Technopark), The School of Management Science and Technology is looking for candidates who conduct research and teaching in the areas of organizational design and collaboration engineering to inform technical, business, and societal innovation. The focus of the professorship is on the explanation and design of structures, systems, and processes to promote collaboration across disciplinary and organizational boundaries. This position requires profound research experience in the management of collaboration. Successful applicants are also expected to engage in the implementation of research findings to support cross-disciplinary and cross-organizational cooperation. TUHH is looking for an ambitious and experienced scholar with a research record in at least two of the following fields:

  • Inter- and intraorganizational cooperation for competitiveness and innovation
  • Design of organizational structures, systems, technologies, and processes to facilitate collaboration
  • Management of open and collaborative organizational systems and networks (e.g. technology clusters, innovation platforms)
  • Methods for designing new business models, products, services, and technologies

      The applicant preferably has a background in business administration or mechanical engineering with a business research orientation. Candidates from the field of business informatics or design with a focus on business research are also invited to apply. Candidates will ideally be working at the intersection of business administration and engineering/design. The new professor will play a central role in the foundation and set-up of the “TUHH Design Lab” which is conceived as a competence center for collaborative development of business models, products, services, and technologies. This unit should also be dedicated to supporting structures and processes, facilitating collaboration both within TUHH and between TUHH and external bodies.

      This position is due to commence in the 2021 winter term.

      The TUHH acknowledges exceptional and innovative teaching achievements and capabilities. Successful applicants will therefore contribute to TUHH’s prominent profile of innovative teaching methods with high quality undergraduate (B.Sc.) and graduate (M.Sc.) courses. The courses are in English and German; for non-German speakers a willingness to learn German is expected.

      TUHH is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes and encourages applications from women. It is certified as a family-friendly university and supports dual careers. Applications by disabled persons with equal qualifications will be given preference.

      The legal framework of the Federal Republic of Germany applies (in Hamburg the law is applied pursuant to Section 15 HmbHG). Applicants over the age of 50 cannot expect to be employed as civil servants.

      For questions, please contact the Vice President Research, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Irina Smirnova, via e-mail (

      The deadline for applications is January 28, 2021.

      Please upload your application (including CV, Ref. No., a list of publications, relevant certificates, overview of research activities and teaching using the the link:

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