Professorial Positions

The success of Leuphana University is based on the creativity and energy of its professors and scientific staff. We are striving to provide a framework in which capability and performance are the drivers of academic achievement. We encourage scientists to cross disciplinary boundaries, take responsibility and impact society. We convey this understanding to our students in teaching, research projects and campus life.

We invite you to contribute to our community.

Open positions
for professors

Current appointment procedures
status information

Information on data protection

Effects of the Corona Pandemic:
The current situation also affects appointment procedures. For each ongoing appointment procedure, we are currently evaluating options how to proceed in compliance with legal requirements and in the interest of the applicants. We apologize for any inconveniences related to delays that might occur.
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Appointment procedure at Leuphana

  • Overview
  • 1. Call
  • 2. Selection process
  • 3. Appointment list
  • 4. Offer

Appointment procedure at Leuphana


The appointment of a professor in Germany is a formal process with several stages and typically takes between 6 to 12 months:

  1. Call for applications
  2. Evaluation and selection of candidates (m/f)
  3. Appointment report and subsequent approval by University boards
  4. Offer of appointment

Open professorship positions are advertised here.

Please understand that we can not consider unsolicited applications.

1. Call

Open professorship positions at Leuphana are advertised here.

Application documents
Generally, we expect the following:

  • a cover letter,
  • your CV, and
  • copies of degrees and/or transcripts providing reference of your academic qualification (non-certified copies suffice for the initial application stage), as well as
  • three selected publications.

We are accepting your application for an advertised position in English or German; preferably submitted electronically.

2. Selection process

At Leuphana University an appointment committee

  • evaluates the applications,
  • selects candidates (m/f) to be invited for interviews (short list),
  • requests and considers complementary, comparative external expertise for selected candidates (two external reviews are required as a rule), and
  • recommends candidates (m/f) to be considered for the position (appointment list, including as a general rule three candidates).

The appointment committee consists of five to ten members from different academic status groups: professors, research associates, and students. In addition, further members administer consultative tasks (e.g. faculty dean, women and equal opportunity officer).

3. Appointment list

The appointment committee elaborates an appointment report including the recommendation of candidates (appointment list) for further approval by the University boards:

  • Faculty Council,
  • Academic Senate (statement),
  • Presidential Committee, and finally
  • Board of Trustees.

4. Offer

Following the subsequent approval of the University boards, Leuphana's president initiates appointment negotiations according to the confirmed appointment list.

Upon acceptance of the offer by the successfull candidate (m/f), the remaining applicants are informed about the result of the appointment procedure.

Legal framework

Professors are employed in accordance with the conditions of employment for professors under Article 25 (W2/W3 professors) and Article 30 (W1 junior professors) of the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG). Leuphana aims to increase its proportion of female professors. Excellent opportunities are available within the university to support women in their academic careers. Qualified female scholars are, therefore, particularly invited to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be given preferential consideration in accordance with the applicable statutory provisions.

The applicable legal requirements and conditions for the employment of professors can be found in the following regulations and directives:

  • Lower Saxony Higher Education Act: Article 24-30 NHG
  • Appointment Regulation Leuphana University (german only): PDF
  • Equal Treatment Directive (german only): PDF

For junior professorships and tenure-track-professorships please consider the following directives:

  • Directive for intermediate evaluation of junior professors (german only): PDF
  • Tenure-track regulations (german only): PDF

Welcome to Lüneburg

The city of Lüneburg offers a high quality of living. You will find good conditions for combining your academic career and family life. For an easier start in Lüneburg please refer to the following links and information:

Contact information

Our team is managing the appointment of new professors at Leuphana University and will support you in the process of applying for and starting your professorship. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about being or becoming a professor at Leuphana University.

Faculty Recruiting
Universitätsallee 1, C10.324
21335 Lüneburg

Professorships and appointment and target agreements in particular for the Faculty of Sustainability and the Faculty of Business and Economics:

  • Michaela Kaufmann

Dr. Luise Reimers (on parental leave)

Professorships and appointment and target agreements in particular for the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences:

  • Dr. Inga Brinkmann

Support with current appointment procedures:

  • Susanne Albers