For over ten years, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in the Lower Rhine region of Germany has provided an innovative, interdisciplinary and international education to young minds from around the world. We offer a total of 36 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in four multidisciplinary faculties: Technology and Bionics, Life Sciences, Society and Economics, and Communication and Environment. Our scientifically-oriented degree programmes combine an applied academic approach with a broad international scope into a high-quality education that emphasises teaching and research with real-world relevance. 75% of our degree programmes are taught in English as well. Over 7,300 students from 122 different countries are currently pursuing their degree in our uniquely international and intercultural campus community. International collaboration is a strength of ours, seen and felt in our network of over 90 partner universities in 38 countries. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is not only connected to the larger world, but also deeply rooted in its Dutch-German EUREGIO home as well.

The degree programmes of the Faculty of Communication and Environment in Kamp-Lintfort are geared towards the needs of the region, but deeply international as well. The range of fields available to study include psychology, media computer science, administrative computer science, energy and environmental sciences, mobility and logistics, economics, usability engineering and design. Practical relevance is of major importance in all of our degree programmes. This is why we approach teaching and learning in the degree programmes Information and Communication Design B.A. and Design and Interaction M.A. through the lens of a future-oriented design education that particularly encourages interdisciplinary collaboration with IT experts, psychologists, natural scientists, engineers and economists in the faculty. Our excellently equipped laboratories and workshops place cutting edge equipment, workstation PCs and other professional tools at your disposal for high-quality media production and provide an ideal environment for teaching and research.

We are currently seeking a qualified expert to support these goals in the Faculty of Communication and Environment in Kamp-Lintfort in the following capacity:

Professor of Communication Design

Salary grade “W2” according to LBesG NRW  | Reference number 11/F4/21


  • You will represent the field of communication design, encompassing both analogue and digital media, in teaching and research at our faculty
  • Our students should be empowered to develop and implement forward-thinking communication design projects. This requires imparting to students appropriate methods, concepts, processes and skills, but also encouraging them to question conventional practices. We want to see a teaching approach that seizes upon the important themes of our time as well as a spirited search for innovative ideas and forms of expression
  • You will be responsible for teaching communication design in the English-language degree programmes Information and Communication Design B.A. and Design and Interaction M.A. You may also teach courses related to your area of expertise in other degree programmes as well
  • You will supervise undergraduate and postgraduate thesis projects
  • You will contribute to the continuous development of our design programmes and our university
  • You will supervise and help develop our existing laboratories and teaching environments


  • You boast an outstanding portfolio within the context of this professorship, a completed university degree in design and possibly a doctorate
  • Your work links analytical-conceptual skills with professional design talents
  • You possess extensive design experience with both analogue and digital media
  • You want to inspire our students for the field of design and possess the teaching skills to do so
  • You enjoy working in an international and interdisciplinary environment and look forward to shaping degree programmes with colleagues
  • You are well connected in the world of design
  •  Advanced proficiency in English is mandatory (CEFR level C1 or better)


Diverse, international and interdisciplinary work environment | flat hierarchies | family-friendly policies | exciting responsibilities | communication and exchanges at eye level | a rewarding job | a culture of mutual aid among colleagues | dynamic community | opportunities for personal development | responsibility and creative freedom | the opportunity to help shape the future of our academic culture

General requirements for the appointment of new professors are derived from § 36 of the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschulgesetz NRW). The following qualifications are therefore mandatory for all applicants to this position:

  • A completed university degree in a relevant field
  • Excellent academic and research skills, usually demonstrated by the quality of a doctoral dissertation. Candidates for design professorships are eligible for hire if they can demonstrate exceptional artistic aptitude and design achievements as well. Design achievements generally means a number of noteworthy achievements over the course of at least five years of work as an artist, with at least three of these years occurring outside of academia.
  • At least five years of relevant career experience in the applied use or development of research findings and methodology; at least three of these years must have been outside of higher education

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences supports the professional development of women. Qualified women are expressly encouraged to apply. For positions in employee groups where women are underrepresented, in the event of equal suitability, aptitude and professional experience among applicants, women will be given preferential consideration over men, provided there are no compelling grounds for the hiring of a specific male applicant.

In the event of equal suitability, preferential consideration will also be given to suitable applicants with a severe disability or those recognised as such by virtue of § 2 (3), Volume IX of the German Social Security Code (SGB).

An appointment to this position under German private law is also possible.

Please submit your application through the following link: and add the usual application documents (cover letter, curriculum vitae, diplomas, relevant certificates, proof of activities in business and/or teaching (pedagogical suitability), if applicable, proof of severe disability) in a single PDF file.

Should you require further information about the duties, responsibilities or requirements of this position, please contact the head of the appeals board, Prof. Christoph Zielke (e-mail:


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