Discovering new things, driving projects forward and taking responsibility: at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (H-BRS), we count on employees who do just that. Together with our 150 or so professors, we seek new solutions, approaches and answers to the many and varied challenges of our time. In doing so, we aim to make H-BRS even better – and with it the more than 9,000 students from over 100 countries in 40 study programmes that make up our university. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

There is a

professorship (W2) in Computer Science (d/m/w), with specialisation in Robot Manipulation

in the Computer Science department at the Sankt Augustin campus available as soon as possible.

The contract is permanent.

You will

  • provide courses in the Bachelor-s and Master-s programmes in Computer Science, Business Informatics and especially in the international Master-s programme “Autonomous Systems- of the department in English and German, depending on the programme to which the course belongs.
  • carry out research and development projects, source and manage third-party-funded projects and participate in science transfer.
  • support domestic, international and interdisciplinary collaboration with academic, business and societal institutions.
  • actively engage in the university-s system of academic autonomy.
  • contribute to implementing the University Development Plan, in particular with regard to sustainability targets.
  • participate in the establishment and development of study programmes, primarily in the area of Autonomous Systems.
  • engage in the (co-)supervision of PhD students, e.g., via the PhD programme of the Graduate Institute of NRW (Promotionskolleg NRW).
  • play an active role in the activities and development of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems (A2S) and the Bonn-Aachen International Center for Information Technology (b-it).
  • initiate, acquire and manage research and development activities, including the acquisition of third-party funding, especially in the fields of motion planning, robot manipulation, and human-robot collaboration.
  • mentor and prepare our student team for national and international robotics competitions.

The professorship offers excellent opportunities to bring in your own interests and work them into the research and teaching activities of the university.

You must

  • meet the employment requirements set out in Section 36 of the Nordrhein-Westfalen Hochschulgesetz
    • completed and relevant academic degree
    • special ability for scientific work (PhD degree)
    • at least 5 years of relevant work experience, including at least 3 years outside of academic area (or habilitation equivalent experience)
  • be prepared and able to provide courses in English
  • be willing to help establish and develop our study programmes and assist in introducing innovative digital teaching formats on an ongoing basis
  • be willing to take gender and diversity as well as sustainability into account as quality criteria in the areas of teaching, research and knowledge transfer
  • have extensive knowledge and experience in at least two of the following fields of robotics and autonomous systems: Robot Learning (including but not limited to learning from demonstration, (deep) reinforcement learning for robotics), Motion Planning (for manipulation / grasping), Forward & Inverse Kinematics, Robot Control, Human-Robot Collaboration, Cognition-enabled Manipulation, Software Engineering for Autonomous Mobile Manipulators
  • have relevant work experience in one or more of the following robotics-related application domains: Healthcare, Agile Manufacturing, Logistics, Circular Economy, Smart Mobility, Smart Cities, Smart Retail, Smart Homes, Industry 5.0, Robots for Sustainability
  • have hands-on experience in programming real robotic systems, especially mobile or stationary robotic manipulators
  • have experience in research collaborations with international partners

In addition, experience teaching at a university or comparable institution, experience developing new teaching concepts and content, and experience supervising bachelor-s and master-s students is desirable. Previous experience acquiring third-party funding for research and development projects and a good network within the German and international research community is an advantage. Experience in the (co-)supervision of PhD theses is an advantage.

As an employer, we

  • offer an exciting role at W2 pay level (according to LBesG NRW) and responsibility for attractive research and development projects
  • provide family friendly working conditions including flexible working time models, the option of mobile working and childcare facilities
  • support our new professorial colleagues with an extensive, individual didactic programme
  • facilitate further training and education to promote your personal and professional development
  • are part of an internationally oriented scientific area.

H-BRS promotes diversity and equal opportunities. We are seeking to increase the number of female academics at our university and therefore particularly encourage applications from women. Therefore, preference will be given to women with equal aptitude, ability and professional performance. H-BRS is proud to be certified as a family friendly university. Those with disabilities and other needs are part of our university, and inclusion is a top priority. The role is also available on a part-time basis.