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The post is full-time with a 6-year-contract in accordance with section 16 (2) no. 4 of the Hamburg University Law (HmbHG). 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.


The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is a research-based information infrastructure for the economic sciences and a member of the Leibniz Association. The institute is one of the biggest of its kind in the world and has more than 4 million units of media. It also provides access to approx. 2.3 million full digital texts.


As a joint appointment which is initially limited to 6 years, HAW Hamburg and the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics are filling a full-time professorship in “Digital Publication Models and Markets”. The professorship will strengthen the scientific profile of the Department of Information as regards the digital transformation of the market for publications. The professorship will also provide research-based knowledge that supports the ZBW in the course of its development into a digital library. At the ZBW, the professorship is assigned to the special strategic category of “New paths for the provision of digital literature”.


You will represent the teaching in the degree courses of “Library and Informati-on Management” (BA) and “Digital Transformation of Information and Media” (MA), totalling 9 semester hours per week, primarily on the topics of digital trends in the publication market, openness concepts, methods of empirical research, management and the configuration of the digital transformation.

You will drive the digital transformation of the market for scientific publications and the processes of change in the field of scientific publications, especially with regard to business models and licensing models, as well as the open access transformation for scientific publications.

You will also have the task of spreading knowledge in the ZBW.


You hold a university degree in economics, social sciences, information science or a related discipline. You also have a doctorate and several years of professional experience in an area of work which is relevant to the remit as well as experience relating to the publication market, and in this respect, the open access transformation in particular.

You have experience of quantitative research in relation to the aforementioned remit. Good contacts in the information and media industry as well as knowledge of the library profession are desirable.

You are willing and able to provide teaching in English.

Other desirable attributes:

  • A specialist focus on the analysis of publication models and markets in the economic sciences
  • Experience of interdisciplinary research and collaboration
  • Excellent teaching and communicative skills in the spreading of knowledge


    • Collaboration in one of the key focal points of the research in the faculty and in the further development of the focal points of the study programmes
    • Development and management of the Digital Publication Markets research group at the ZBW
    • An innovative environment for the practical application of the research results
    • Opportunities for networking and cooperation with the many institutes of the Leibniz Association


    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
    23rd Januar, 2021.



    Questions to the post readily answers you

    Prof. Christine Gläser, T + 49 40 428 75 3630 christine.glaeser@haw-hamburg.de

    For queries in HR matters please contact

    Marieke Romund,
    T + 49 40 428 75 9245 marieke.romund@haw-hamburg.de


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