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Join us in shaping the new Faculty of Medicine at Bielefeld University: interprofessional, forward-looking, diverse and strong in research and teaching

Bielefeld University stands for interdisciplinarity, top-quality research and teaching, and the ongoing development of a gender-equitable university culture. In 2019 the biggest academic institution in the East Westphalia-Lippe region will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Together and on an interdisciplinary basis a unique diversity of subjects, perspectives, and people provide for innovative research and teaching at the highest level. The students, numbering approximately 24,000, can choose from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and technology. In addition to its international orientation, Bielefeld University is closely networked with the strong SME sector in the city and surrounding region. 

Bielefeld University is in the process of establishing a new, leading-edge faculty of human medicine. In an innovative environment we will work in an interdisciplinary manner, focusing on both individual and public health. Teaching and research in the Faculty of Medicine is scheduled to begin in the winter semester 2021/22. Clinical training will take place in cooperation with the specialist clinics of various hospitals belonging to the OWL University Hospital Alliance, which Bielefeld University is in the process of establishing.

As the holder of one of the first professorships, you will be fully involved in defining the distinctive profile of the model study programme and will have the opportunity to initiate innovative and sustainable teaching and research with a great deal of creative freedom. Experience in a model study programme in human medicine and the implementation of innovative teaching concepts as well as an additional medical teaching qualification (e.g. MME) are expressly desired.

In view of the ongoing selection process involving participating clinics, initial advertising will relate to professorships for theoretical medicine, as well as professorships in the field of outpatient medicine and medical didactics, digitalisation and interprofessionalism.

In particular we are looking for candidates who are willing to help develop the study programme, and to represent their own specialisation in cooperation with other relevant neighbouring disciplines. We would especially appreciate a pronounced willingness to cooperate with one of the main research areas currently planned
  • the brain, disabilities, inclusion of persons with disabilities
  • intelligent systems, assistance, interprofessional networking
and/ or in the currently planned future fields of study
  • microbial diversity in the human habitat
  • data science for healthcare.   
An existing specialisation in these areas would be of advantage.

You will work closely with the founding dean, the dean’s office and the teaching staff from the various specialist disciplines. In addition, you will participate actively in the development of innovative fields of research within the main research areas or future fields, as well as in interdisciplinary and interprofessional research alliances. 

Bielefeld University is looking for creative, ambitious, and bold academics for this exciting task.

Appointments will be made – appropriate to qualifications, experience and the personal requirements of the applicants – according to W3, W2 or W2 with tenure track.  

The teaching load will comprise 9 hours of instruction in accordance with Section 3 Subsection 1 (1) of the Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung (Teaching Duties Regulation) from the start of the study programme. The requirements for appointment comply with section 36 of the Hochschulgesetz (Higher Education Act).

We wish to fill the following professorship at the earliest possible date: 


For the following General Medicine and Internal Medicine professorships a physician with a private practice will be particularly welcome; a suitable framework for this will be created. A joint practice is also conceivable. Close cooperation between the professorships is expected. 

Professorship for Internal Medicine with a focus on Gastroenterology & Metabolic Diseases

As the successful candidate, you will be responsible for setting up and establishing teaching and research in internal medicine with a focus on gastroenterology and metabolic diseases. Together with the professor of general medicine and clinically active internists, you will develop innovative and practice-oriented teaching concepts in the field of outpatient internal medicine. You will also participate actively in the design of interdisciplinary and interprofessional research alliances, taking diversity aspects into account.

A special interest in the future field of Microbial Diversity in the Human Habitat would be an advantage.

You have

  • a broad medical background with national/international recognition in a research field of internal medicine with a focus on gastroenterology and metabolic diseases, and with relevance to the primary care sector
  • a well-defined academic profile in the above-mentioned field
  • experience in the integration of basic research into clinical and practical application
  • proven experience in teaching internists
  • proven experience in the advanced and continuous training of physicians
  • a specialist qualification in internal medicine with a focus on gastroenterology and metabolic diseases
  • relevant clinical experience as a SHI-accredited physician in the primary care sector
You should demonstrate the following for the professorship advertised:
  • high-ranking publications
  • the willingness and ability to acquire third-party funded research projects
  • interest in participating actively in the development of the model study programme for medicine
  • a high level of commitment as well as leadership and management skills
  • a great interest in the development and implementation of innovative and practice-oriented teaching, as well as corresponding university teaching competence and evidence of particular suitability for academic teaching (habilitation [post-doctoral qualification needed to lecture at a German university] or equivalent qualifications
  • the willingness to engage in interdisciplinary academic work
  • competence and commitment to promoting young academics.
The following applies to all appointments:

The process of establishing the Faculty of Human Medicine in Bielefeld offers a great deal of scope for creativity and is associated with a variety of challenges. We would like to offer these professorships to people who are keen to make a creative and ambitious contribution to shaping this development in research and teaching. In addition, committed collaboration in the university's own academic administration is part of the task profile.

Applications from suitably qualified severely disabled people and people with disabilities of equal status are expressly welcome.

Bielefeld University has received a number of awards for its achievements in the area of equal opportunity and is certified as a family-friendly university. The university is among other aspects committed to its equality policy with regard to the appointment of professors, and expressly invites suitably qualified women to apply. Applications are handled in accordance with the provisions of the Landesgleichstellungsgesetz (State Equal Opportunity Act). 
Applications should be submitted with the usual documents: cover letter, profile statement, curriculum vitae, list of 10 most significant publications and list of third-party funding raised, description of academic career, a list of courses taught and other evidence of teaching qualification, a 2-page teaching and research concept as well as copies of certificates. The concept papers for research and teaching should include current and/or future gender- and diversity-specific content relevant to the advertised professorship. In addition, we expect a brief outline of your planned gender equality activities, in particular for the advancement of young female academics and for combining career and family. 

Please send your application - preferably in electronic form as a PDF file - by November 20, 2018 to:

Bielefeld University
Faculty of Medicine (in formation)
- The founding Dean Prof. Dr. Claudia Hornberg-
P.O. Box 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld

E-Mail: gruendungsdekanin.medizin@uni-bielefeld.de

For further information, please contact the founding dean, Prof. Dr. Claudia Hornberg, Tel.: 0049-521-106-4366.      

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