The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum is seeking to fill the W3 professorship for "Drive Technology" at the Institute of Product and Service Engineering as of 01.03.2023.


We are looking for an internationally recognised personality with proven leadership qualities and, if possible, industrial experience in the field of the advertisement, who would like to actively contribute to the further development of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. The acquisition of third-party funds through industrial cooperation and publicly funded projects is expected. A research focus on one or more of the following research fields is required:

  • machine elements, especially elements of drive technology,
  • conceptual design, layout, analysis and optimisation of alternative drive systems,
  • physical and mechanical fundamentals in the drive technology of (micro)mobility,
  • energy-efficient/sustainable drive systems,
  • modelling, simulation and sensor technology of (alternative) drive systems,
  • drive systems as part of innovative product service systems,
  • smart machine elements in (alternative) drive systems.
extent: full-time
duration: W3
beginning: 01.03.2023
closing date: 25.05.2022

The focus of the professorship is to complement the existing professorships at the Institute of Product and Service Engineering and provide links to the Centre for the Engineering of Smart Product-Service Systems (ZESS).

The future holder of the position will fully represent the subject of design engineering in teaching. The teaching is to be provided in the compulsory and elective areas of the degree programmes of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Ideal candidates (m/f/d) have both practical experience in development and design as well as didactic skills for compulsory courses with a large number of students.

A positively evaluated junior professorship, habilitation or equivalent academic achievements as well as proof of special suitability for academic teaching are required, and the willingness to participate in academic self-administration.

Furthermore, the following are expected:

  • a willingness to engage in interdisciplinary scientific work,
  • excellent research achievements and international visibility, as demonstrated, among other things, by scientific publications in leading journals,
  • the willingness to cooperate with partners from business practice,
  • willingness and proven ability to acquire and lead externally funded research projects,
  • a high level of commitment to teaching as well as willingness and ability to conduct courses in English.

Please send your curriculum vitae, list of publications and a maximum of 5 significant publications, references/certificates, list of third-party funding, concepts for future research and teaching in electronic form as a pdf document under the specification ANR. 439 to by 25.05.2022

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The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is one of Germany’s leading research universities, addressing the whole range of academic disciplines. A highly dynamic setting enables researchers and students to work across the traditional boundaries of academic subjects and faculties. To create knowledge networks within and beyond the university is Ruhr-Universität Bochum’s declared aim.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum stands for diversity and equal opportunities. For this reason, we favour a working environment composed of heterogeneous teams, and seek to promote the careers of individuals who are underrepresented in our respective professional areas. The Ruhr-Universität Bochum expressly requests job applications from women. In areas in which they are underrepresented they will be given preference in the case of equivalent qualifications with male candidates. Applications from individuals with disabilities are most welcome.

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