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Dean: Computer Science and Engineering

Bremen (DE)
Closing date
16 Sep 2022

Jacobs University is a private, state-accredited, English-language university in Bremen. We offer Bachelor, Master and PhD programs in three schools: School of Science, School of Computer Science and Engineering, and School of Business, Social and Decision Sciences. Our principles are first-class teaching and research, international diversity and transdisciplinary cooperation. According to the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, Jacobs University is considered to be among the top 30 percent out of more than 1,600 universities worldwide and is ranked as the most international university in Germany. As an international university, we attract highly talented and open-minded students from all over the world. Currently, over 1,500 students from 110 nations live and study on our residential campus.

Among several other strategic interventions, the university is currently driving an ambitious expansion of digital sciences across its academic and scientific programs and activities, underpinned by significant new investments in personnel, research and relevant scientific equipment.  This initiative is intended to improve integration and interdisciplinarity across the three schools in teaching, learning and research, and to give rise to a wide range of new knowledge-based products and services generating income, enhancing the university’s sustainability.

To help lead this re-positioning of the university, a new post for a third academic dean has been established.

The Executive Board invites interested candidates to apply for the next possible date as a

Dean (m-f-d): Computer Science and Engineering
(Full-time; initially limited for 5 years)
Job ID 22-73

Your responsibilities:
Deans are individually responsible to oversee and manage the performance of their respective schools, and share leadership in the transverse areas of undergraduate and graduate programs, research, library and laboratory services, innovation, and knowledge transfer.  They work in an integrated manner with relevant university divisions, under the overall supervision of the Provost.  The exact allocation of transverse responsibilities to the three incumbents is clarified in consultation with the Provost.

At present, because of the emerging strategic orientation, the university needs to strengthen especially its internal competence in digital education, technology transfer and executive education. A more detailed job description can be obtained on request.

Your qualifications:
Deans should radiate academic and intellectual gravitas and display obvious leadership qualities.  Their academic and scientific experience and insight should be at the level where they are respected as accomplished academics both within Jacobs University and in the broader academic community. In particular, as senior academics and managers at Jacobs University Bremen, deans must

  • have a PhD in a relevant field, coupled to significant subsequent teaching and research experience of at least 10 years
  • demonstrate their personal involvement in relevant high-level academic administrative processes and leadership activities in a relevant academic or scientific institution
  • be inclined toward strategic thinking and management
  • understand the economic and strategic context of academic and scientific activities in a university
  • have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and demonstrate the ability to work in and with teams
  • be familiar with international higher education structures and landscapes
  • be fluent in English, the medium of instruction at Jacobs University Bremen.

The following could be advantageous to applicants:

  • formal management training
  • familiarity with the German higher education environment
  • established networks at least within their field, but a broader network in the national and international higher education and scientific landscape is of great strategic advantage in this respect.

What you can expect:
Jacobs University consistently achieves top results in national and international university rankings.

In the CHE Ranking, the most comprehensive and detailed ranking of the German-speaking higher education landscape, Jacobs University has achieved top placements every year since its first participation in 2005.

In addition to an exciting and varied range of tasks, we offer flexible working hours, individual training opportunities, sports activities, and participation in language courses on our campus.

The incumbent is granted up to 20% time for research activities.

Jacobs University is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications that would improve the university’s senior leadership profile with reference to gender and national origin.

Your application:
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Svenja Frischholz (Human Resources) via Mail ( or send an e-mail to

Please upload your documents in a single PDF document, including a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio and publication record, copies of certificates and diplomas, certification of English proficiency (optional), up to two letters of referral, and other relevant documents in our application management system.

The deadline for submission of applications is 18.00 CET on September 16, 2022. This is a five-year contract.

The review of incoming applications begins immediately.

Short-listed applicants are likely to be interviewed mid-November 2022, and will also be required to make a presentation to the university at that time. From this point onwards, the university cannot guarantee the confidentiality of the applications.

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