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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 Mas-ters 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 Empirical Methods in Communication Research is at the interface of empirical data collection and statistics in communication research, research that explores the normative, structural, content and human resource transformation processes in mass media communication. As a communications expert, you will teach the basic principles of and the latest developments in communicator, media content, media impact and media use research, with a particular focus on the digitisation of research topics and research processes.

This field is central to the development of explorative learning in teaching at the Department of Information, and to a practical explorative learning investigation of the journalistic, sociocultural, political, economic and ethical aspects of digitisation and communications knowledge transfer on the Art and Media Campus of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

You will build on existing partnerships with businesses and research institutions in the field of journalism and communications. Through your work, you will contribute to the resolution of journalistic, sociocultural, political, economic and ethical problems caused by disruptive structural change in society's self-observation and self-description.

You will employ an explorative learning approach to teach students at the Department about empirical aspects of investigation, reasoning and argumentation, and publication in the field of communications. You will inspire students to engage in their own research to identify problems in media and communications practice and promote the development of solutions based on statistical predictions. You should be conversant with innovative software solutions to support empirical data collection and analysis.

As part of the methodological 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 the following empirical fields:

  • Media and communication research
  • A communications research project
  • An analytical project
  • Research colloquia

We would hope that you will be instrumental in raising the profile of the Department of Information in the area of empirical communications research through your input into elective project topics and the selec-tion of teaching staff.

There is also considerable interest from institutions in the media and communications sector in high-quality professional development courses on digital processes in empirical communication research (for example in the field of big data). You will work with us to develop solutions in this area.

You will bridge the gap between the traditional aspects of basic empirical research training and the high demands of an innovation-driven higher-education programme that explores the communications dimensions of digitisation and introduces students to international publication practice. The research work of the Chair will focus on journalistic, sociocultural, political, economic and ethical aspects of digitisation in line with individual research specialisations and external funding strategies in the field of communications studies.


You have a degree in communications and a doctorate in the field of communications. You have at least five years' professional experience of empirical and statistical communication research methods in practice, including leadership, project management and resource management skills and responsibilities. You are also conversant with innovative software solutions to support empirical data collection and analysis. You have research experience on the journalistic, sociocultural, political, economic or ethical aspects of the digitisation of mass-media communication, as proven by your published academic work. Experience in acquiring external funding for and implementing externally funded projects is desirable. 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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