Dean: IT and Engineering Employment with JACOBS UNIVERSITY


Jacobs University is a private, state-accredited English-language university in Bremen. We offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in three schools: School of Science, School of Computing and Engineering and School of Business, Social and Decision Sciences. Our principles are first-class teaching and research, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. According to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022, Jacobs University is considered one of the top 30% of over 1,600 universities worldwide and is ranked as the most international university in ‘Germany. As an international university, we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, more than 1,500 students from 110 countries live and study on our residential campus.

Among several other strategic interventions, the university is currently carrying out an ambitious expansion of digital sciences in its academic and scientific programs and activities, supported by significant new investments in personnel, research and relevant scientific equipment. This initiative aims to improve integration and interdisciplinarity between the three schools in teaching, learning and research, and to give birth to a wide range of new knowledge-based products and services generating income, improving the sustainability of the university.

To help lead this repositioning of the university, a new post of Third Dean of Studies has been created.

The Board invites interested candidates to apply for the next possible date as

Dean (mfd): Computer Science and Engineering
(Full-time; initially limited to 5 years)

Job ID 22-73

Your responsibilities:
Deans are individually responsible for overseeing and managing the performance of their respective schools and sharing leadership in cross-cutting areas of undergraduate and graduate programs, research, library and laboratory services, innovation and knowledge transfer. They work in an integrated manner with the relevant university divisions, under the general supervision of the provost. The exact allocation of cross-functional responsibilities to the three holders is specified in consultation with the provost.

At present, due to the emerging strategic direction, the university needs to strengthen its internal skills in digital education, technology transfer and executive education in particular. A more detailed job description can be obtained upon request.

Your qualities:
Deans should radiate academic and intellectual gravity and display evident leadership qualities. Their academic and scientific experience and insight should be at the level where they are respected as accomplished scholars both within Jacobs University and in the wider academic community. In particular, as senior academics and managers of Jacobs University Bremen, the deans must

  • have a PhD in a relevant field, coupled with significant subsequent teaching and research experience of at least 10 years
  • demonstrate personal involvement in relevant high-level university administrative processes and leadership activities in a relevant academic or scientific institution
  • be inclined to strategic thinking and management
  • understand the economic and strategic context of academic and scientific activities in a university
  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrate the ability to work in teams and with teams
  • know the international structures and landscapes of higher education
  • be fluent in English, the language of instruction at Jacobs University Bremen.

The following could be of benefit to applicants:

  • formal management training
  • familiarity with the German higher education environment
  • established networks at least in their field, but a wider network in the national and international landscape of higher and scientific education is of great strategic advantage in this regard.

What you can expect:
Jacobs University consistently achieves top results in national and international university rankings.

In the CHE Ranking, the most comprehensive and detailed ranking in the German-speaking higher education landscape, Jacobs University has achieved top rankings every year since its first participation in 2005.

In addition to an exciting and varied range of tasks, we offer flexible working hours, individual training opportunities, sports activities and participation in language courses on our campus.

The incumbent is granted up to 20% of time for research activities.

Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications that would raise the profile of senior leadership at the university with respect to gender and national origin.

Your app:
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Svenja Frischholz (Human Resources) by mail ([email protected]) or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Please upload your documents in a single PDF document, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio and publication record, copies of certificates and diplomas, certification of English proficiency (optional ), up to two letters of recommendation and other relevant documents in our Applicant Tracking System.

The deadline for submitting applications is 6:00 p.m. CET on September 16, 2022. This is a five year contract.

Review of incoming requests begins immediately.

Shortlisted candidates will likely be interviewed in mid-November 2022 and will also be required to make a presentation to the university at that time. From this moment, the university cannot guarantee the confidentiality of applications.

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