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W3-Professorship for Product Engineering and Drive Systems

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Campus Süd
Karlsruhe, Baden-Wurttemberg 76131
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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is our goal to make significant contributions to mastering the global challenges of mankind in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,300 employees of KIT cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in research, academic education, and innovation.

The KIT Department of Mechanical Engineering in Division III Mechanical and Electrical Engineering invites applications for the position of


W3-Professorship for Product Engineering and Drive Systems
(successor Prof. Albert Albers)


for early succession as of the earliest possible date.

The candidate’s research profile should cover both fundamental and applied research. Tasks will include academic education and research in the areas of product engineering and technical systems with the following foci:

  • Methodological product engineering, and in particular, methods and processes of product generation engineering;
  • Development and validation of systems of systems (SoS) based on system theory concepts using the potential of digitalization;
  • Synthesis and validation of new technical systems, such as drive systems, in virtual and real experiments.

Teaching in both German and English will involve major participation in the bachelor’s and master’s programs of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, mechatronics, and information technology. Among others, candidates are expected to contribute to the mandatory four-semester bachelors course “Maschinenkonstruktionslehre” (Mechanical Design), to carry out the mandatory masters course “Methoden und Prozesse der PGE – Produktgenerationsentwicklung” (Methods and Processes of PGE - Product Generation Engineering), and to participate in the Mechanical Engineering (International) program. A full commitment to the master programs, and project-oriented teaching, is desired.

A major contribution to innovation through the transfer of fundamental research to applications, within collaboration projects with industry, and thus, the acquisition of third-party funding, is expected.

The professorship will be associated with membership in the collegial management board of KIT’s Institute of Product Engineering (IPEK). A close cooperation, and coordination of research and academic education activities, with IPEK’s chair for power tools and machine elements, is expected.

Applicants are expected to have contributed excellent achievements in several of the areas mentioned above, reflected in high-ranking scientific publications and/or internationally visible patents, and to comprehensively represent these topics in academic education and research. Candidates should have worked in industry for several years and be experienced in the execution of research and development projects, and in staff management.

Interdisciplinary collaboration with other KIT institutes at the interface between product engineering and production technology, in the Mobility Systems Center, and in academic self-administration, is desired.

The candidate’s experience in, and willingness to actively acquire public and private third-party funds, will be indispensable.

Employment conditions as outlined in Article 47, LHG (Act of Baden-Württemberg on Universities and Colleges) in conjunction with § 20 KITG (KIT-Gesetz) shall apply.

We offer you an attractive and modern workplace with access to the excellent equipment of the KIT, a varied work, a wide range of training opportunities and a casino / cafeteria.

As KIT wishes to increase the proportion of female professors, applications from qualified women are particularly encouraged.

Recognized severely disabled persons will be preferred if they are equally qualified.

Applications should contain all relevant documents (CV, list of publications, degree certificates, description of previous research and teaching activities, three own contributions of high impact in the areas of research, academic education, or innovation, and a teaching and research concept for the professorship). Send the application package until 10.01.2021 to Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Division III Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Prof. h.c. Dr. Joachim Knebel, Campus South, Dean`s Office of the KIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, D-76131 Karlsruhe, preferably in the form of a single PDF file mailed to: dekanat@mach.kit.edu

You can find further information on the internet: www.kit.edu

KIT – The Research University in the Helmholtz Association


Posted: 2020-11-20 Expires: 2020-12-20

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W3-Professorship for Product Engineering and Drive Systems

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