Women in research and teaching

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Do a doctorate

Universities of applied sciences in Germany are not able to offer doctorates. However, graduates of universities of applied sciences can do a doctorate if their first supervisor is a member of a university.

The Central Equal Opportunities Office has set up a centre for young female researchers in order to support young female researchers. The centre provides advice for female graduates of HTW Berlin who are planning to do a doctorate.

Become a freelance lecturer

Universities of applied sciences like HTW Berlin are looking for freelance lecturers with professional experience. Freelance lecturers provide a large part of the teaching and can pass on their experience from practice to students. If you would like to take on a position as a lecturer, you must

  • have completed a relevant degree,
  • show an aptitude for teaching and
  • have several years of professional experience.

Job vacancies for lecturers can be found on the jobs pageof the HTW Berlin website. You can also contact the study programme manager directly for the subjects you are interested in. Contact details are available from the respective dean's office.

Contact person for teaching positions relating to gender:

If you would like to apply for a position as a lecturer, please contact Melanie Ebenfeld, "Gender in teaching" project for advice.

Become a professor

As a professor at HTW Berlin…

  • you can work very independently
  • you are your "own boss"
  • you have flexible working hours and job security
  • you can combine family and work

If you fulfil the formal requirements for a professorship, enjoy passing on your knowledge, like to work with students and are working in applied research or a relevant professional field, then you are welcome to apply to HTW Berlin. 

Current job vacancies for professors can be found on the jobs page of HTW Berlin. Applications from women are especially welcome. In accordance with the equal opportunities legislation applicable for Berlin, preference is given to women with equivalent qualifications and comparable suitability until a balanced gender ratio is achieved.

Contact: Should you require advice, please contact Dr. Sünne Andresen, the Equal Opportunities Officer for Women. She will provide advice, e.g. if you do not fulfil all of the requirements of the position, and inform you about the application and appointment procedure.

Requirements for a professorship at a university of applied sciences

A professorship at a university of applied sciences is different to a professorship at a university with regard to the requirements, career path and the job itself. For a professorship at a university of applied sciences, five years of professional experience (as relevant as possible to the professorship) are required. At least three of these years must have been obtained outside of the university; this can also include research activity as long as it was not performed at a university. Emphasis is placed on "special" professional experience, e.g. at management level. The required academic qualification is usually a completed doctorate. Teaching experience must also be demonstrated in the higher education field, primarily at universities of applied sciences. While publications, editorships, presentations and conferences are considered part of the academic reputation at universities of applied sciences, at universities more weight is given to such activities.

Requirements for a professorship at a university

A university professorship is usually obtained by pursuing an academic career path at the university level through continuing professional work in the field of research. Recognition is particularly given to research activities. In addition to a doctorate, a habilitation is usually required. However, there are various exceptions, for example in the area of arts or engineering sciences. A habilitation is not required for a junior professorship.

Professional profile of a university of applied sciences professor

The professional profile of a professor at a university of applied sciences is different to that of a university professor, for example in the weighting of research and teaching. While a professorship at a university of applied sciences usually involves 18 weekly hours of teaching and thus primarily focuses on teaching, a university professorship places greater emphasis on research and normally requires nine weekly hours of teaching.