Professorship for Planning of Public Transport Systems

Technical University Braunschweig

Professorship for Planning of Public Transport Systems

Technical University Braunschweig

Braunschweig, Germany

Technische Universität Braunschweig is one of Germany’s leading institutes of technology and offers an inspiring work environment with a wide range of research and teaching opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities. The 3,800 members of our academic, technical and administrative staff – including more than 400 international scientific staff – work together to ensure that our university successfully fulfils its mission of providing excellent teaching for our approximately 16,000 students and 100 trainees.

We focus our research on mobility, metrology, engineering for health, and the future city. Our core disciplines include a comprehensive engineering division and a strong natural sciences division, closely linked with business sciences, social sciences, educational sciences, and the humanities.

Our university is located at the heart of one of Europe’s most research-intensive regions. We cooperate closely with the more than 20 internationally renowned research institutions in our vicinity and our network extends to our partner universities in Germany and all over the world, with whom we maintain strong relationships.

Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences

We offer a Professorship for Planning of Public Transport Systems Salary-Gr. W 2.

The appointment is for the earliest possible date.

Your responsibilities

We are looking for a research-oriented scientist who will represent the field of planning and operation of public transport systems in an international context and further develop the scientific profile of the TU Braunschweig in this field in an innovative way. In order to meet the requirements that arise for public transport from today's and tomorrow's societal perspective, the professorship conducts research from the perspective of the overarching themes of participation, environment & sustainability, safety and economic efficiency, and takes into account an overall system view as well as the sustainability goals of the United Nations in all innovations. The focal points in basic and applied research are to include in particular the areas of planning, operation and interconnection of public transport systems.

Specific research topics include, for example:

  • Data-driven modelling of traffic demand in public transport;
  • Network planning, taking into account different (public) transport modes and public welfare requirements;
  • Flexible forms of operation providing accessibility of rural areas;
  • Service design for Mobility as a Service;
  • Modelling, simulation and optimisation of networked operational processes; and
  • Optimising the use of resources; and
  • Design of public transportation facilities taking into account functional objectives and structural constraints.

The professorship is affiliated with the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences and represents the field of public transport in the programmes of study in civil, environmental, transport and industrial engineering in teaching. The research areas "Mobility" and "Future City" offer the professorship excellent interdisciplinary opportunities at the TU Braunschweig.

The successful candidate (f/m/d) is expected to be committed to the university’s strategic goals and to actively shape its holistic development (​hochschulentwicklung). In addition to the classic service areas of a university (research, teaching and studies, transfer, governance and administration), this applies in particular to digitalisation, internationalisation, equality and diversity, as well as knowledge exchange.

Our expectations

In teaching, the subject of public transport systems should be represented in the Bachelor's and in the Master's programme in both German and English.

The willingness to engage in interdisciplinary cooperation with other departments of the faculty and to contribute to cross‑sectional topics of the faculty such as environmental protection and digitalisation is expected. In addition, active participation in shaping the research areas "Future City" and "Mobility" is desired. Participation in academic self-administration is a matter of course.

  • The successful candidate will have a relevant scientific record and solid experience in the planning and operation of transport systems. The scientific potential should be demonstrated by an excellent publication record appropriate to the academic age;
  • International networking;
  • Practical experience in the field of public transport systems can be demonstrated by taking on advisory, planning or management functions in projects as well as participation in standardisation or expert committees;
  • Didactic aptitude, language skills for teaching in German and English;
  • Experience in interdisciplinary cooperation;
  • Willingness to actively participate in faculty matters and committees;
  • Leadership competence and further extra-disciplinary or interdisciplinary (personal, social and methodological) competences.

Requirements, § 25 NHG

  • A degree in a relevant field;
  • Pedagogical aptitude;
  • Special qualification for in-depth independent scientific work, as a rule proven by an above-average doctorate;
  • Additional academic achievements, usually within the framework of a junior professorship, a postdoctoral degree (Habilitation) or through achievements equivalent to a Habilitation.


Technische Universität Braunschweig makes personnel decisions on the basis auf suitability, ability and professional performance. Our aim is to increase the share of women in academic positions. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from women and will give preference to female candidates with equivalent qualifications. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply and, if equally qualified, will be given preference in the appointment process.

Technische Universität Braunschweig is certified as a family‑friendly university. We are committed to facilitating a healthy and productive work-life balance and offer a dual career service as well as support for newly appointed staff. Our Family Office provides advice on all issues relating to family, childcare, and caring for relatives. Our “Prof.‑Programm” offers exclusive status-related exchange and consulting formats, in particular to newly appointed professors.

Professional and Personnel Development promotes the professional development of all employees through a wide range of courses and activities.

The university actively endorses equal opportunities and diversity and promotes diverse perspectives as essential in contributing to the university’s success in research, teaching, transfer and administration.

We particularly invite applications from international candidates (f/m/d). German language skills are not a prerequisite. However, the successful candidate is expected to acquire sufficient language skills to perform teaching and administrative duties in German within two years of appointment.

Even though this is a permanent full-time position, a part‑time appointment may be possible upon request.

Applicants (f/m/d) who are 50 years or older at the time the appointment commences and who have not acquired permanent civil servant status (Beamtenverhältnis auf Lebenszeit) will be employed with employee status (Angestelltenverhältnis).

Deadline for application

The application deadline is 2024-08-31.


Informal enquiries about the job can be directed to:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Friedrich
Tel: + 49 531 391-66801

For questions regarding legal matters, please contact:

Anne Fritz
Tel: + 49 531 391-4350

For questions regarding the online application process, please contact:

Nicole Brückner
Tel: + 49 531 391-14143

We are looking forward to your application!

Applicants (f/m/d) are requested to attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter;
  • Academic background (curriculum vitae);
  • Academic certificates and diplomas (degrees);
  • List of publications, including copies of 3 select publications;
  • List of externally funded projects and description of own role in these projects;
  • Research and teaching statement;
  • List of courses taught and results of course evaluations;
  • If applicable, add proof of parental/family care leave;
  • If applicable, add proof of disability status.

Please submit the application, including all documents, digitally via the online portal of Technische Universität Braunschweig.

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