Heidelberg University is a comprehensive university with a strong research
profile and international visibility that has been successful in every application
round of the Excellence Competition of the German federal and state
governments since 2007. With just under 30,000 students and 8,400 employees,
many of them top-level researchers, it is a globally renowned institution with
outstanding economic significance for the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.
Effective 1 October 2023, the university is looking for a new
To fill this responsible and highly visible position, the university is looking for
a personality with excellent academic credentials, strong leadership skills
and an internationally distinguished profile who has acquired several years
of management experience in a scientific-academic or university setting
and demonstrates a firm understanding of the special qualities and needs
of universities or other scientific-academic institutions. Applicants should be
able to provide effective leadership for Heidelberg University, in cooperation
with the University Council, the Senate and the University Administration, and
to shape the university’s present and future in an innovative and integrative
manner. This includes overseeing the ongoing development of a sustainable
institutional strategy, based on Heidelberg’s self-definition as a comprehensive
university, that can be embraced by the university as a whole. The new Rector
(f/m/o) will be expected to carry on the university’s successful cooperation
with other strong research universities and research alliances, and to further
enhance its regional, national and international standing in order to ensure its
The Rector (f/m/o) represents the university both internally and externally.
The responsibilities of this position call for a strong personality with an excellent
academic and personal reputation and outstanding leadership ability,
decisiveness, commitment, social skills and communication skills. Visionary
power should be accompanied by the ability to translate vision into action.
The powers, conditions for appointment and employment status of the Rector
(f/m/o) are set forth in § 17 of the Baden-Württemberg Higher Education Act
(Landeshochschulgesetz). The Rector (f/m/o) is nominated by the Selection
Committee and elected in a joint meeting of the University Council and
Senate. If the legal requirements are met, the Minister-President of
Baden-Württemberg will confer upon the Rector (f/m/o) the temporary status of
a civil servant, unless the contract stipulates a fixed term of service. The term
of office is six years, and the incumbent may be re-elected for a second term.
The Rector (f/m/o) receives a W3 salary and is eligible for bonuses.
Please submit your application by 31 October 2022 to the Chair of the
University Council, Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, Geschäftsstelle
Universitätsrat, Seminarstr. 2, 69117 Heidelberg. If you would like to apply
by e-mail, please combine all application documents in a single PDF file and
send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask for your understanding
that received application documents will not be returned.
Heidelberg University stands for equal opportunities and diversity. Qualified
female candidates are especially invited to apply. Persons with severe
disabilities will be given preference if they are equally qualified. Information
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