Professorship in Sustainable and Resilient Farming and Food Systems (m/f/d)
Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences
Applied Sciences for Life – this claim describes the unique range of subjects at Weihen-stephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences (HSWT), all of which clearly and consistently focus on life sciences. We are one of the leading universities of applied life sciences and green technologies. We prepare our graduates to become responsible and highly qualified professionals and executives who are well prepared for a successful career entry. The scientists at HSWT carry out teaching and research at three different campus locations (Freising, Triesdorf, Straubing) focusing on issues of high social relevance, such as sustainable land use, climate change, biodiversity, food technology, or renewable energies.
Our campus in Triesdorf is located approximately 60 kilometers southwest of Nuremberg. Numerous cooperations with the “Bildungszentrum Triesdorf”, an educational center with institutions focusing on agriculture, energy, nutrition, food, and environment, result in valuable synergies for university education and research with a close relation to practical applications.
The Department of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition, Campus Triesdorf, invites applications for the position of a
Professorship in “Sustainable and Resilient Farming and Food Systems” (salary group W2, tenured position)
expected to start in the summer semester 2023 or commencing as soon as possible.
Responsibilities in Teaching and Research:
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences seeks to appoint a candidate for a professorship, which involves a high proportion of research. In practice, this means that the position entails a reduced teaching load, which may amount to a maximum of 50 percent of regular teaching duties. The reduced teaching load is initially limited to a period of five years with the option of a further extension period.
We are looking for a candidate who will initiate research activities and prepare publications in the field of international farming and food systems and who will develop and implement strategies for sustainable and resilient farming systems within the framework of international networks. This includes, in particular, the acquisition of third-party funded projects with international partners. A close cooperation with the partner universities of Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is expected. In addition, the incumbent shall maintain contacts with corporate partners in and outside of Germany as well as lend support to the further expansion of the university’s cooperation network and the acquisition of practice partners.
In addition to research, the professorship shall cover teaching in the field of applied agricultural economy in both the undergraduate degree programs and the postgraduate study programs.
Most of our lectures and courses are in English. We expect the incumbent to play an active role in the further development of applied research. Responsibilities of the professorship include the supervision of internships, project papers and theses, teaching courses in English language as well as participation in academic self-administration. The ability to teach specialized topics in adjacent fields of research is highly desired. We offer an interesting work environment at the interface of applied research and practical education, which includes the opportunity to further shape and advance the thematic focus of the professorship according to your own ideas.
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences is looking for an individual with a university degree in agricultural sciences, ideally with a focus on business management.
We expect the successful applicant to have international research experience in the field of applied agricultural sciences. In addition, we expect you to be well connected in the international research landscape and to bring experience in the acquisition and management of international projects. Moreover, you have a very good command of English and you are able to confidently apply these English skills in your teaching.
Ideally, you have already gained teaching experience and acquired good didactic skills as well as solid professional experience in the aforementioned areas. A high degree of sociability and communication skills, a collaborative working style as well as commitment and enthusiasm for the position further characterize your personality.
completed first university degree
particular ability for scientific and scholarly work as proven by a doctoral degree or comparable academic qualification (in German: “Gutachten über promotionsadäquate Leistungen”)
furthermore, we require expertise in the application or development of scientific findings and methods obtained during a period of at least five years of professional practice after graduation from university; of these, at least three years must be in a field outside university; professional experience outside university might be recognized if the candidate has spent a significant part of the position working in a cooperation between university and non-university institutions for a minimum of five years
Applications from abroad are explicitly welcome. The willingness and ability to teach in German from the beginning of employment is expected from all applicants.
HSWT – Your Employer:
We assist newly appointed professors in the management of teaching and research. Our services include support in the organization of flexible working conditions, advanced training in higher education didactics as well as incentive systems for interdisciplinary and international research. Detailed information is available on our employer website at
Information for Applicants:
The HSWT pursues the strategic goal of consistently increasing the proportion of women in teaching and applied research. We therefore explicitly invite female scholars and experts to apply at our university. Our website with in-depth information on how to become a professor at HSWT, which specifically targets potential female applicants, may be accessed via the following link:
We look forward to applications submitted by severely disabled persons. Severely disabled persons with essentially the same aptitude, professional ability, and qualifications will receive preference.
The HSWT regards itself as a family-friendly employer.
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences promotes equal opportunities and diversity among its students and employees.
The successful candidate may be eligible for civil servant status up to the age of 52.
Please submit your complete application materials (including a letter of application, an academic CV with accurate to the day information for each employment contract, copies of transcripts, proof of professional work experience and documentation of your research activities) by 01.02.2023. We request applicants to submit their application through our online application management system available at www.hswt.de/stellenangebote.html.
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Dr. Johannes Holzner
+49 (0) 9826 654-232