The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is an internationally established university with a 160-year history rooted in the Bauhaus tradition, combining science and technology with art and design. This approach characterises the Faculties of Architecture & Urbanism, Civil Engineering, Art & Design, and Media. In addition to their subject-specific functions, the faculties are also committed to interdisciplinary collaboration and to forging links between art, science and practice.
The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar’s Faculty of Media is currently inviting applications for the
W1 junior professorship position in »Usability«
beginning on August, 1, 2025.
The junior professorship in Usability is part of the Computer Science Department. It addresses the scientific challenges and methods in the evaluation of human-computer interfaces, as well as their design, development, and improvement.
The scientific focus is on one or several of the following areas: basics of perception and cognition in human-computer interaction, empirical-quantitative methods for usability testing and UX evaluation, ergonomics and human factors, and human perception (including its impact on devices and user interfaces). The successful applicant will be expected to carry out research and teaching in these fields.
Qualified applicants should have experience in one or several of the aforementioned fields in an international context; they should also have proof of outstanding research potential and ideally initial experience in the acquisition and delivery of third-party-funded projects.
A prerequisite for employment is a successfully completed doctorate in either Computer Science (with a specialisation relevant to the job description), Psychology or the Empirical Social Sciences (with a topic relevant to Computer Science), or in another field related to Human-Computer Interaction.
Teaching responsibilities are in both the German-language Bachelor’s programme in Computer Science and the English-language Master’s programmes in Computer Science For Digital Media and Human-Computer-Interaction. The successful applicant should be able to teach ‘Basics of Perception and Cognitive Psychology’, as well as empirical-quantitative methods of Usability Engineering. They will be expected to hold classes in both English and German and encouraged to participate actively on University committees. In cases where knowledge of German is initially insufficient, the successful applicant should be prepared to make up this deficit within three years. The junior professorship should also seek to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration, for example with the Faculties of Art & Design and Architecture & Urbanism, as well as with the Department of Media Studies, given Usability is of central importance to both design and technology disciplines.
The general employment requirements pertain to § 89 of the Thuringian Higher Education Act (ThürHG). If these requirements are met, the employee will initially be hired temporarily as a civil servant (‘Beamte’). The employment contract is limited to three years, with an extension for a further three years following a positive evaluation. The teaching load in the first phase of the junior professorship is 4 LVS (courses).
The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar places great importance on diversity and equal opportunities. We are committed to maintaining a family-friendly and non-discriminatory working environment and to pursuing a human resources policy which promotes gender equality and diversity. For this reason, we encourage applications from people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with diverse ranges of experience and biographies. The university’s strategic goals include increasing the proportion of women in teaching and research, and we therefore expressly welcome applications from qualified female academics. Equally qualified people with disabilities will be given preferential consideration.
The university expects applicants to be willing to relocate to Weimar or the immediate vicinity. The university will gladly support you in relocating your place of residence.
Applications should be submitted by 31.12.2023 and should include the usual documentation (letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, references, certificates, list of publications and three selected publications). They should be submitted by post or electronically using the Code JP/M-02/23 to:
Frau Susanne Rößler
If you have any questions, you should contact the Faculty of Media’s Head of Administration, Frau Susanne Rößler, tel. 03643-583708.
We look forward to receiving your application!
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