University Professor (W3) for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology in combination with a position as Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK
Technische Universität Berlin / Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
The Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft are seeking applications for a joint appointment (Karlsruhe Model) for a
University Professor – salary grade W3
for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology at the Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management in Faculty V – Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems
in combination with a position as
Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK This is an existing position which is to be re-filled.
The Technische Universität Berlin is a major technical university with a rich tradition and an international reputation. In
addition to 340 researchers holding professorships, some 34,000 students and 7,500 staff study and work at the
University. The University's efforts to achieve knowledge enhancement and technological progress are based upon the
principles of excellence and quality.
The Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management at the Technische Universität Berlin (IWF) currently has 12
professorships and more than 300 staff in research and teaching. Our research and teaching examine the technology
and management of industrial factory operations and encompass both the development of process technologies and
production plants as well as their networking and modeling using information technology. The Chair of Machine Tools
and Manufacturing Technology within the IWF develops and optimizes concepts, assemblies, and components of
machine tools as well as analyzes and prepares innovative manufacturing technology and manufacturing process chains.
Fraunhofer IPK stands for 40 years of global excellence in production science. Our over 400 employees conduct applied
research and development across the whole process spectrum of the manufacturing industry – from product
development, production processes, maintenance of investment goods, and product recycling to the design and
management of manufacturing companies.
The Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer
Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK work closely together at the Production Technology Center
Berlin. The combination of basic research and practical teaching at the IWF and applied research and development at
Fraunhofer IPK uniquely enables closed research and development of production technology solutions from the initial
idea to their implementation in practice.
In addition to upholding scientific excellence, the postholder is tasked with the scientific management of over 500 staff
members at three locations. Key responsibilities of this role are achieving visibility of both the academic chair and
Fraunhofer IPK among clients from industry and public funding agencies as well as ensuring the generation of the
corresponding project funds by strategically aligning the Fraunhofer Institute with the needs of the funding bodies.
Reference number: V-323/22 (starting at 01/04/23 / permanent / closing date for applications 11/08/22)
Teaching bachelor's and master's courses offered by the academic chair in German and English
Conducting research in the field of industrial production technology, i.e., in the development of new manufacturing
processes and production plants for macro and microproduction
Managing and directing the academic chair and its staff; commitment to the advancement of junior scholars, in
particular encouraging support for women and social diversity in research and teaching as well as knowledge and
technology transfer; developing initiatives for internationalization; skills to act on issues of gender and diversity and
sustainability; committee work
Strategically orienting Fraunhofer IPK within the market, establishing institute objectives and a quality policy, as well
as monitoring the achievement of objectives; responsible for personnel management
Designing research for systems solutions, individual technologies, and services for digital integrated production;
comprehensive support for companies throughout the entire value-added chain
Expanding networking with funding agencies and strengthening strategic business areas
This joint position requires the postholder to competently represent the described areas of focus in research and
teaching as well as research and technology management vis-à-vis public research funding and research stakeholders
from industry, science, and politics; you are also responsible for fostering a strategic relationship between the university
and the Fraunhofer institute.
Outstanding scientific achievements in the field of production technology, particularly in the development of machine
tools and manufacturing technology.
Several years management experience in industry and with large, interdisciplinary research groups, experience
strategically planning, acquiring, and conducting large-volume national and international research and development
projects in different operational areas, experience acquiring and conducting practical R&D projects, as well as an
ability to improve the efficiency of development processes and technology valorization.
Experience in the area of the advancement of junior scholars. Additionally, you possess key skills for knowledge and
technology transfer as well as an understanding of gender and diversity issues and familiarity with topics of
sustainability. International working and teaching experience, experience in international projects, and a strong
network with actors in science policy are preferred. Excellent English skills are mandatory. Non-German-speaking
applicants are expected to demonstrate commitment to learning German short term.
The successful candidate can expect a variety of projects with a high practical application and a high degree of research
autonomy. The Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft value the diversity of their members and
are committed to equality of opportunity. Within the framework of our family-friendly human resources strategy, we offer
staff flexible working hours as well as support services to combine work and private life. Additionally, the Dual Career
Service at the Technische Universität Berlin can assist you and your family with your move to Berlin.
The Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft are seeking to increase the proportion of women in
research and teaching and actively encourage applications from suitably qualified female candidates.
Preference will be given to applicants with severe disabilities who fulfill the requirements for the position. The Technische
Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft value and embrace the diverse competences of their members and
welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic/social background,
religion, worldview, disability, and sexual orientation.
Applications should be submitted together with the completed short questionnaire (found at
11/08/2022 quoting the abovereference number V-323/22. Ideally, your
application should be sent by email to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com with no more than
3 PDF file attachments and include standard application documents for such a position (CV, publications list, research
concept, teaching portfolio including a list of past courses taught, copies of degree certificates, as well as copies of up to
five selected publications).
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application to each of the following recipients:
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