The Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) is a modern and dynamic university, striving for international excellence in research and teaching. It sets 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, engineering methods and new materials.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Additive Manufacturing Technologies IAPT, with its approx. 75 employees, is one of the leading institutions in the field of additive production with a research focus on design, process, factory and digitization. The focus is on the industrialization of additive technologies and the associated technology transfer.

The TUHH and the Fraunhofer IAPT have been collaborating since 2018. To strengthen their cooperation in the field of additive production technologies the TUHH and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft jointly seek applications for a

in association with the position of

Ref. No. P2012

The position is situated in the context of materials and process development and their industrial introduction. The TUHH and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are looking for a candidate who is specialized in the development and communication of the basics, methods and processes of industrialization of smart materials at the interface to additive production and additive manufacturing processes. We are particularly interested in applications from candidates with a background in the following research areas:

  • Additive manufacturing and functional integration
  • Material and product qualification
  • Development of methodology, processes and digital modelling (for the for topics mentioned)
  • Development of 4D printing towards industrial applications

      In close accord with the applied research topics addressed at the Fraunhofer IAPT, the university professorship also involves the advancement of fundamental knowledge.

      The successful applicant is expected to represent the subject area of industrialization of smart materials in research and teaching as well as in technology management vis-à-vis third-party funding bodies and research partners. As a director at the Fraunhofer IAPT his/her responsibilities will include the scientific-technical and entrepreneurial management and development of the institute within the Fraunhofer modeland the overall strategy of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. The position holder will also promote the strategic partnership between the TUHH and the Fraunhofer IAPT and its long-term and sustainable development.

      We are looking for a personality with years of leadership experience from larger, interdisciplinary research groups, experience in the strategic planning, acquisition and implementation of large-scale national and international research and development projects in different business areas, and expertise in increasing efficiency in development processes and technology utilization. International work and teaching experience and/or experience in international projects and connections in research policy are an advantage.

      The employment requirements for professors as per §15 Hamburger Hochschulgesetz (Hamburg University Act) apply. In particular, a university degree, pedagogical aptitude, a special ability to work in research (usually proven by a doctorate) and additional academic achievements are required.

      We offer versatile projects with a high degree of practical relevance and a great freedom of design scope for research. The TUHH and the Frauenhofer-Gesellschaft are equal opportunity employers and particularly welcome and encourage applications from women. The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft follows family-friendly personnel policies and offers employees flexible working times and services to help them achieve a better work-life balance. The TUHH is certified as a family-friendly university and supports dual careers. Suitable disabled candidates or applicants with equivalent status with comparable qualifications, abilities, and experience receive preference in the application process.

      The TUHH and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft value and promote the diversity of the skills of their employees and therefore welcome all applications, regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, ideology, disability, sexual orientation and identity.

      Both the professorship as well as the director position are due to commence on April 1, 2021.

      The deadline for applications is November 29,2020.

      Applications can be submitted in German or English. Please send your application (including covering letter, CV, Ref. No. P2012, a list of publications, relevant certificates, overview of research activities and teaching experience)
      to both the President of the Hamburg University of Technology, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Timm-Giel, using this link and the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Reimund Neugebauer, Hansastraße 27C, 80686 München, or by e-mail to

      For questions about the professorship at TUHH please contact the Vice President for Research, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Irina Smirnova via For questions about the position at Fraunhofer IAPT, contact Dr. Patrick Hoyer,

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