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The post is permanent and full-time. Staffing is intended at 1st September, 2021 earliest.

Developing sustainable solutions to the societal challenges of today and tomorrow. This is the goal of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), northern Germany’s leading applied sciences university when it comes to reflective practice. Our central focus is the excellence of our teaching and our degree courses. Simultaneously, HAW Hamburg is continuing to develop its profile as a research university. People from more than 100 countries help make HAW Hamburg what it is, and our diversity is our particular strength.


Teaching and research at the Department of Information at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) explores the framework, functions, workings and developments of both the private and state-funded information, media and communications industries from an academic perspective and their role for the general public in a functioning democracy. Alongside 'Media and Information' (BA) and 'Information, Media and Library Management' (MA), which are about to be discontinued, the Department runs four new/revised degree programmes: the Bachelor programmes 'Media and Communication' (BA) and 'Library and Information Management' (BA) and the Masters programmes 'Digital Communication' (MA) and 'Digital Transformation' (MA). The Department of Information operates its own newsroom on the Hamburg Art and Media Campus and uses the teaching hospital model of American schools of journalism. Media and communication units at the Department have links with institutions and organisations in the media and communication industry and research institutes both in Hamburg and across Germany. In the advanced degree courses at the Department of Information in particular, explorative learning that im-plements the relevant guidelines in the higher education qualifications framework for Bachelor and Masters degree programmes is of key importance. Another important element of the Department's approach is links to and input from practice through advisory boards, consultancy and joint projects in the areas of teaching and research.


The Chair of Investigative Journalism is responsible for teaching and research into journalism as a communications research discipline that addresses the transformation of players, functions, structures and norms of societal self-observation and self-description. You will teach students about in-vestigative methods, data analysis and data processing. These aspects are key to strengthening the democratic public and represent a new specialisation in teaching and research on the Art and Media Campus of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

You will build on existing partnerships with businesses and organisations in the media and communication industry, research associations and non-governmental organisations to support civil society projects, with whistle-blower networks and transparency initiatives. Through your work, you will help to increase society's awareness of the huge importance of investigative journalism in Germany.

You will employ an explorative learning approach to prepare students at the Department for future challenges in journalism in an era of digital communication and transformation. You will teach the principles of interdisciplinary work and the fundamentals of research, "investigative thinking", traditional research techniques and innovative methods of data acquisition and analysis, as well as how to deal with informants and whistle-blowers in real-life work situations. You will also introduce students to options for investigative work.

As part of the research specialisation for which you will be responsible, you will develop new courses that can be integrated into the new and/or revised degree programmes offered by the Department. In particular, you will work on and shape the following new areas of teaching:

  • Research and verification
  • Data analysis
  • Data mining
  • Projects with a focus on research
  • Digital media production

The fundamentals of statistics methodology will be a key aspect of data analysis teaching. You will also be instrumental in raising the profile of investigative journalism in Germany through your input into elective project topics and the selection of teaching staff.

There is considerable interest from institutions in the media and communications sector in high-quality professional development courses in the field of investigative journalism. You will work with us to develop solutions in this area.

You will bridge the gap between the traditional aspects of investigative research and the high demands of an innovation-driven higher-education programme that explores the new opportunities offered by digital data collection, analysis and processing and applies these in journalistic practice. The research work of the Chair will be in line with individual research focuses and the strategies for procuring external funding in the field of journalism.


You have a degree in a discipline relevant to investigative journalism and a doctorate. You have at least five years' professional experience in journalism, including leadership and project management experience in investigative research projects. You are conversant in innovative methods of data analysis, data mining and digital media production. Research skills at the interface of investigative journalism and journalism studies are required. You have teaching skills in the subject area and are able and willing to offer classes in English and using e-learning tools.


Involvement in one of the key research areas at the Faculty and in the further development of specialisations, a new professional life in the metropolitan region of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and the opportunity to actively participate in the development of the Department of Information in an interdisciplinary team.


For appointment as a professor, as well as the general staff requirements, the appointment requirements in accordance with Section 15 Para. 1-6 of the Hamburg Higher Education Act (HmbHG) also apply. These can be read on our website.

This includes the willingness to participate in the self-administration committees of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences as well as a choice of residence in proximity to the university.

The denomination of the vacant post is under the caveat of assessment at appropriate intervals in accordance with Section 12 Para 7 HmbHG.

As well as the basic salary of grade W2 and basic performance benefits, a provision of appointment performance benefits is also possible which can be negotiated with the university president. In addition, there is also the possibility of granting a bonus from third-party funds.

Candidates who have not yet reached the age of 50 at the time of appointment may be appointed as tenured officials, otherwise the employment relationship is that of a standard employee.

The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences makes staffing decisions based on suitability, ability and professional performance. Disabled persons and their equivalents take precedence over legally unprivileged candidates of the same suitability, ability and professional performance.

In particular, we encourage female academics or experts to apply to this professorship. The underrepresented gender shall be viewed as preferable in case of equal qualifications in accordance with Section 14 Para. 3 HmgHG.


We offer you challenging work in an open-minded, forward-thinking university. You will be integrated into a team who enjoy your participation and are happy to support you in the early stages of your integration. Your workplace is centrally located and has very good public transport links.

The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences has set the goal of a gender-equal, discrimination-conscious university culture which is sensitive to diversity, and wants to achieve a balanced gender ratio. For queries in matters of equal opportunities please contact the equal opportunities officer.

We support our employees and students in reconciling work and family, e.g. with counselling services when caring for relatives or special emergency childcare situations. Our senior staff are authorised to lead teams with different work-times and work-life-balance models, as well as mixed age structures.

We welcome applications from candidates with a migration background. The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is part of the diversity audit of the donors’ association and has been awarded as a family-friendly university on several occasions.


Hamburg University of Applied Sciences is committed to ensuring teaching excellence. Candidates are asked to enclose all important documents relating to their teaching experience in their application.

In addition, they are requested to include a brief curriculum vitae along with the usual application documents. You can find a
form online. 

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We look forward to receiving your Online-Application by 25th April, 2021



Questions to the post readily answers you

Prof. Dr. Steffen Burkhardt, steffen.burkhardt@haw-hamburg.de

For queries in HR matters please contact

Andreas Schulz,
T + 49 40 428 75 9056, berufungen@haw-hamburg.de


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