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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fakul­tät V

The Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft are seeking applications for a joint appointment (Karlsruhe Model) for a

University Professor - salary grade W3

for Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology at the Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management in Faculty V - Mechanical Engineering and Transport Systems

in combination with a position as

Head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK
This is an existing position which is to be re-filled.

The Technische Universität Berlin is a major technical university with a rich tradition and an international reputation. In addition to 340 researchers holding professorships, some 34,000 students and 7,500 staff study and work at the University. The University's efforts to achieve knowledge enhancement and technological progress are based upon the principles of excellence and quality.
The Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management at the Technische Universität Berlin (IWF) currently has 12 professorships and more than 300 staff in research and teaching. Our research and teaching examine the technology and management of industrial factory operations and encompass both the development of process technologies and production plants as well as their networking and modeling using information technology. The Chair of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Technology within the IWF develops and optimizes concepts, assemblies, and components of machine tools as well as analyzes and prepares innovative manufacturing technology and manufacturing process chains.
Fraunhofer IPK stands for 40 years of global excellence in production science. Our over 400 employees conduct applied research and development across the whole process spectrum of the manufacturing industry – from product development, production processes, maintenance of investment goods, and product recycling to the design and management of manufacturing companies.
The Institute of Machine Tools and Factory Management at the Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK work closely together at the Production Technology Center Berlin. The combination of basic research and practical teaching at the IWF and applied research and development at Fraunhofer IPK uniquely enables closed research and development of production technology solutions from the initial idea to their implementation in practice.
In addition to upholding scientific excellence, the postholder is tasked with the scientific management of over 500 staff members at three locations. Key responsibilities of this role are achieving visibility of both the academic chair and Fraunhofer IPK among clients from industry and public funding agencies as well as ensuring the generation of the corresponding project funds by strategically aligning the Fraunhofer Institute with the needs of the funding bodies.

Working field:

  • Teaching bachelor's and master's courses offered by the academic chair in German and English
  • Conducting research in the field of industrial production technology, i.e., in the development of new manufacturing processes and production plants for macro and microproduction
  • Managing and directing the academic chair and its staff; commitment to the advancement of junior scholars, in particular encouraging support for women and social diversity in research and teaching as well as knowledge and technology transfer; developing initiatives for internationalization; skills to act on issues of gender and diversity and sustainability; committee work
  • Strategically orienting Fraunhofer IPK within the market, establishing institute objectives and a quality policy, as well as monitoring the achievement of objectives; responsible for personnel management
  • Designing research for systems solutions, individual technologies, and services for digital integrated production; comprehensive support for companies throughout the entire value-added chain
  • Expanding networking with funding agencies and strengthening strategic business areas

This joint position requires the postholder to competently represent the described areas of focus in research and teaching as well as research and technology management vis-à-vis public research funding and research stakeholders from industry, science, and politics; you are also responsible for fostering a strategic relationship between the university and the Fraunhofer institute.


  • The hiring requirements are based on the requirements defined in Section 100 cf. of the Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHG). These include a university degree in mechanical engineering/production technology, a particular aptitude for academic work, generally demonstrated by an outstanding doctorate, as well as an aptitude for teaching demonstrated by a teaching portfolio (for further information, please refer to the Technische Universität Berlin website
  • Additional academic achievements (positively evaluated junior professorship, habilitation or equivalent qualification)
  • Outstanding scientific achievements in the field of production technology, particularly in the development of machine tools and manufacturing technology
  • Several years management experience in industry and with large, interdisciplinary research groups, experience strategically planning, acquiring, and conducting large-volume national and international research and development projects in different operational areas, experience acquiring and conducting practical R&D projects, as well as an ability to improve the efficiency of development processes and technology valorization
  • Experience in the area of the advancement of junior scholars. Additionally, you possess key skills for knowledge and technology transfer as well as an understanding of gender and diversity issues and familiarity with topics of sustainability. International working and teaching experience, experience in international projects, and a strong network with actors in science policy are preferred. Excellent English skills are mandatory. Non-German-speaking applicants are expected to demonstrate commitment to learning German short term.

How to apply:

The successful candidate can expect a variety of projects with a high practical application and a high degree of research autonomy. The Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft value the diversity of their members and are committed to equality of opportunity. Within the framework of our family-friendly human resources strategy, we offer staff flexible working hours as well as support services to combine work and private life. Additionally, the Dual Career Service at the Technische Universität Berlin can assist you and your family with your move to Berlin.

The Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft are seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching and actively encourage applications from suitably qualified female candidates.

Preference will be given to applicants with severe disabilities who fulfill the requirements for the position. The Technische Universität Berlin and the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft value and embrace the diverse competences of their members and welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of age, gender, nationality, ethnic/social background, religion, worldview, disability, and sexual orientation.

Applications should be submitted together with the completed short questionnaire (found at ( by 11/08/2022 quoting the job reference number V-323/22. Ideally, your application should be sent by email to both and with no more than 3 PDF file attachments and include standard application documents for such a position (CV, publications list, research concept, teaching portfolio including a list of past courses taught, copies of degree certificates, as well as copies of up to five selected publications).

If you would prefer to submit your application as a hard copy, include a digital version on a USB stick. Please submit your application to each of the following recipients:
Technische Universität Berlin – Die Präsidentin – Dekan der Fakultät V, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Utz von Wagner, Sekr. H 11, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin and Präsidenten der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V., Postfach 20 07 33, 80007 München.

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