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Help us shape the new Medical School at Bielefeld University: interprofessional, future-oriented, diverse and strong in research and teaching

Bielefeld University stands for interdisciplinarity, high quality research and teaching, and the further development of a gender-equitable university culture. A wide variety of subjects, perspectives, and people work together in an interdisciplinary way to ensure innovative research and teaching at the highest level. The approximately 25,000 students have access to a differentiated range of subjects in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and technology. In addition to its international orientation, Bielefeld University is excellently networked in the city and region, which is characterized by medium-sized companies.

At Bielefeld University, an innovative faculty of human medicine with an interdisciplinary individual and population medicine orientation is being established. Teaching is scheduled to begin in the winter semester 2021/22.

As holder of one of the first professorships, you will be significantly involved in the differentiation of the model course of studies in human medicine according to ÄApprO and will have the opportunity to apply innovative and sustainable concepts in medical education. Experience in the development and implementation of innovative teaching concepts is thus expressly desired.

The prerequisite for taking on the professorship advertised below is active participation in the development of the medical research profile (https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/fakultaeten/medizin/forschung-karriere/forschungsprofil) of Bielefeld University "Medicine for People with Disabilities and Chronic Diseases". Future research services should also take gender and diversity medicine aspects into account.

The Medical School is particularly committed to the early promotion of young scientists. To this end, it is expected to support and shape the corresponding curricular structures and to guide and support students in high-quality scientific work up to the structured doctoral degree of Dr. med. At the University Hospital OWL, an active and formative role in the implementation of the "clinician" and "advanced clinician scientist" programs is expected.

The training takes place in close cooperation with specialist clinics of various hospital operators in Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) as well as with a network of general practitioners and regional university practices. The University Hospital OWL of Bielefeld University was founded with the three hospital operators of the University Hospital Network - Protestant Hospital Bethel, Bielefeld Hospital and Lippe Hospital.

Strengthening the research profile: "Medicine for people with disabilities and chronic diseases“

In order to strengthen and develop the promising research profile of "Medicine for People with Disabilities & Chronic Diseases", one professorship is to be filled in the near future, whose research orientation will make it possible to develop the field on a broad basis with different research focuses.

The Medical School OWL of Bielefeld University intends to fill the W3 professorship for medicine for people with disabilities at the Center for Disabled Medicine of the Bielefeld-Bethel campus, which has its focus on mental health.

The following requirements apply to the appointment of the professorship: 
  • Personalities who are distinguished by their respective research achievements in the field of "Medicine for people with disabilities and chronic diseases" and who are able to represent the field in human medicine teaching
  • Publication activity and experience in the acquisition and management of third-party funded projects
  • Ideally experience in translational research
  • Willingness to contribute to the development of a strong research profile and to engage in research and teaching cooperations within the Medical School, but also across faculties
  • Willingness and motivation to help design an innovative medical curriculum in the sense of a model course of studies according to ÄApprO
  • Experience and commitment in the promotion of young talent

The Medical School OWL of Bielefeld University intends to fill the position at the Center for Disabled Medicine of the Bielefeld-Bethel campus

Chair of Medicine for People with Disabilities, focus on mental health (W3)

as an executive position at the earliest possible date.

The call is aimed at personalities who represent the field in its entire breadth in research, teaching and patient care in the above-mentioned context. As a job holder, you will have clinical and scientific expertise in disability medicine, with a focus on mental impairment and mental health as well as late acquired brain damage. You have the specialist recognitions for psychiatry and psychotherapy and neurology. A certificate "Medicine for people with mental or multiple disabilities" is desired.

The Centre for Disabled Medicine at Mara Hospital on the Bielefeld-Bethel campus is recognized and proven in the entire spectrum of the field, especially in the interdisciplinary treatment of people with physical, mental, spiritual or sensory impairments as well as complex multiple impairments, which are to be preserved and universally expanded with a focus on mental health issues such as profound and emotional developmental disorders. Accordingly, a leadership personality with proven leadership experience and expertise as well as excellent communication and coordination skills is sought.

In addition to cooperation with psychiatry or psychology, close cooperation with other conservative and surgical subjects of the UK OWL is desired, especially with the focus on epileptology, neurology, neuro/pediatric orthopedics and the MZEB Bethel (Medical Centre for Adult People with Disabilities). Close cooperation is also desired with oncology, geriatrics, pediatrics, neurosurgery, epilepsy surgery, the Centre for General, Visceral, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, the clinics of the Perinatal Centre (Level I) and the supra-regional Trauma Centre OWL, which is under the direction of the Trauma Surgery Department. Interdisciplinary and interprofessional cooperation is expressly required in relation to the research priorities of the University of Bielefeld, the UK OWL, the hospitals Mara gGmbH and Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel gGmbH as well as the establishment and further development of the specialist area of mental health in people with mental or severe physical multiple disabilities.

Networking with other UK OWL providers, relevant faculties at Bielefeld University, e.g. health sciences or psychology, as well as with the medical community in private practice in the region is also expected.

The tasks related to the professorship in the context of health care, including the right to liquidation, are regulated by a contract with the chief physician. An employment contract with the university is generally provided for the performance of the tasks of the professorship.

The Center for Disabled Medicine of the Bielefeld-Bethel campus would like to encourage especially female candidates to apply for this position. Through a family-conscious personnel policy we promote a sustainable balance between personal lifestyle and career. We are happy to provide support in finding childcare places.

Your profile complementing the general requirements:

  • University degree in human medicine, relevant doctorate and additional scientific achievements as well as the qualification as a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy and neurology.
  • A high-ranking scientific activity is required, which has been proven by corresponding publications in the national and international field.
  • Many years of broad experience in clinical treatment and the development of care structures for people with disabilities are required, especially with mental disabilities and impairments of mental health.
  • It is necessary to have a long-standing network with the national and international professional associations for people with disabilities, the medical profession, the welfare service, providers of participation and rehabilitation services, self-help and associations of relatives.

For the appeal:

The process of building up the Faculty of Human Medicine at Bielefeld University offers a great deal of scope and is associated with many challenges. We would like to offer this professorship to people who will creatively and ambitiously help shape this development in research and teaching. In addition, committed involvement in the academic self-administration of the University is part of the task profile. The teaching load comprises 4 LVS or 9 LVS according to § 5 Abs. 3 LVV or § 3 Abs. 1 Nr. 1 LVV from the start of the study program. The requirements for employment are in accordance with § 36 HG.

Applications from suitable severely disabled persons and persons with disabilities of equal status are expressly encouraged.
Bielefeld University has received several awards for its success in equal opportunities and is certified as a family-friendly university. The University pursues a committed policy of equal opportunities, among other things with regard to the appointment of professorships, and would like to expressly invite qualified female applicants to submit an application. Applications are treated in accordance with the State Equality Act. The Faculty considers equality between women and men to be an important task, and the future jobholder will be involved in its implementation.

Bielefeld University promotes dual career couples and supports them with a range of services to help them create a common place of work and life.

Please submit your application by 24.09.2020 via the online appointment portal of the Medical School: https://berufungen-medizin.uni-bielefeld.de/

In addition to the usual application documents and information, we ask you to submit a 2-page teaching and research concept that refers both to the planned profile of the faculty and to previous relevant experience. The concept paper should also 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 equal opportunities activities, especially with regard to the promotion of young female scientists and the compatibility of career and family.  


University of Bielefeld
Medical School OWL
- The founding dean Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Hornberg -
PO B 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld
Telephone 0521/106 67467 (secretary Prof. Dr. med. Claudia Hornberg)

And additionally

Evangelisches Klinikum Bethel
Scientific Director of the v. Bodelschwinghschen Stiftungen Bethel
Prof. Dr. med. Fritz Mertzlufft
Phone 0521/77279010

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