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Universitat Passau – University of Passau

  • Passau, Bayern


  • Permanent

  • Part-time

The University of Passau owes its strong visibility and good repute to excellent research, innovative teaching and its tight-knit international academic networks. Some 13,000 students and more than 1,200 staff study and work on our university campus, which is located a stone’s throw from the historical Old Town of Passau and combines state-of-the-art technical infrastructure with award-winning architecture. Internationally successful high-tech companies and a vibrant start-up scene, coupled with a rich culture and Lower Bavarian traditions, give Passau and the surrounding area a special appeal that makes it a great place to live and work.

As part of the Hightech Agenda Bayern initiative of the State of Bavaria, the University of Passau is consistently expanding its long-term focus areas ‘Digitalisation, ‘Networked Society’ and ‘Europe’, particularly in the area of artificial intelligence and its implications. This expansion includes interdisciplinary research and teaching foci at the interface between digital transformation; methods of knowledge generation and decision support; economic, cultural and social interactions of artificial intelligence; and basic research in mathematics and computer science. All those involved collaborate across academic disciplines and/or faculty boundaries with a critically reflective mindset, contributing their methodological know-how and applying their subject expertise.

The School of Business, Economics and Information Systems at the University of Passau invites applications for the post of

Chair of Information Systems with a focus on Explainable-AI-based Business Information Systems (pay grade W3)

to start on 1 April 2021.

This newly created W3 professorship will represent the subject of information systems in research and teaching. Applicants should have their main research interest in the area of AI-based business information systems with particular emphasis on explainable AI. Research focusing on the context of economic analysis of AI technologies, the design of software development processes in companies and the analysis and design of AI-based information systems are of particularly great interest. The most promising candidates will have gained international visibility through publications in leading journals and are able to work on questions related to the field of information systems at the highest methodological level. The postholder should be experienced in obtaining external (‘third-party’) funding. He or she is expected to engage in cooperative and interdisciplinary research projects, some of which will be financed using external funds, and to contribute to interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes with an information-systems content. Furthermore, active participation in the academic self-administration and the further profile-building of the University of Passau in the key thematic area of Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures is desired. It is expected that the postholder cooperate with the other professorships associated with the newly established university institute for research on AI and sustainability (working title: KINECT) and within KI-Netzwerk Bayern (Bavarian AI Network).

Research and teaching at the University of Passau are focused on the guiding themes of Digitalisation, Networked Society and (Internet) Cultures; Europe and Global Transformation; and Migration, Sustainable Development and Just Order. As a forward-looking, internationally visible and attractive university for Europe, the University of Passau seeks to make a significant contribution towards solving Europe’s current and future challenges. Members of all faculties are in the process of establishing a unique, internationally-orientated forum for ground-breaking interdisciplinary research on one of the greatest challenges of our time: the societal implications of digitalisation. A willingness to cooperate on this interdisciplinary and cross-faculty project is expected of all future colleagues.

The School of Business, Economics and Information Systems is a young and particularly innovative faculty with dynamic drive. Economic and societal relevance, a drive for innovation and an interdisciplinary approach are the pillars of our research activities, which comprise both basic and applied research as well as knowledge transfer. Our focus areas are Accounting, Finance and Taxation (AFT), Economics (ECON), Management, Innovation, Marketing (MIM), Information Systems (IS) and Quantitative Methods (QM).

The successful candidate will be educated to doctoral level and either possess a formal postdoctoral qualification, such as the German ‘Habilitation’, or equivalent academic achievements, garnered within or outside the higher education system or as part of a prior assistant professor or comparable role (e.g. German ‘Juniorprofessur’). He or she will have demonstrated pedagogical aptitude and academic excellence, whereby the latter is generally established on the basis of the quality of his/her doctoral research and subsequent achievements, as applicable. In accordance with Art. 10(3)(1) BayHSchPG (the Bavarian higher education employment act), candidates must not be more than 52 years of age at the time of their appointment.

The University of Passau actively promotes equal opportunities for all genders as well as diversity in the workforce; therefore, applications are welcome from all candidates who fulfil the requisite qualifications, without regard to gender, cultural or social background, religion, world view, disability or sexual identity. As the University of Passau wishes to raise the proportion of women in research and teaching, female academics are expressly encouraged to apply. This post may be available part-time, provided a suitable number of candidates are willing to work on a work-share basis. Furthermore, this post is suitable for those who are registered disabled. Registered disabled persons are given preference over non-disabled applicants who do not otherwise have statutory preferential status if their overall personal aptitudes, skills and qualifications are equal.

To be considered, your application must reach the University by 6 January 2021. Your full application should include all relevant supporting documents (curriculum vitae, list of publications with information on currently submitted manuscripts, teaching assignments, teaching evaluations etc.) and should preferably be sent by e-mail to . It should be addressed to the Dean of the School of Business, Economics and Information Systems of the University of Passau, Professor Hendrik Schumann, 94030 Passau. When e-mailing your application, all application documents should be attached as a single pdf file. E-mailed applications are kept on file for six months after the conclusion of the appointment procedure, whereupon they are deleted from our systems.

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