Professorship in Agile Transformation and Software Engineering

Become a co-designer in the university of the future and build your pioneering role as an Professor in Agile Transformation and Software Engineering.
letztes Update: 06/24/2021

XU Exponential University – dein neuer Traumjob

About XU 

The XU Exponential University of Applied Sciences is a private, state-accredited university of applied sciences in Potsdam, Brandenburg. XU’s offerings are consistently geared towards the digital transformation, the start-up fast-growing digital entrepreneurial innovation and the new competencies and skills for the jobs of the future.

XU’s goal is to enable students, entrepreneurs, employees and managers to grow in the digital age and actively shape the digital transformation. We are looking for professors (m/f/d) for our study programs who represent digitalization topics, who hold an entrepreneurial, innovative and international mindset in teaching and research and who are enthusiastic about building a new university of applied sciences focused on Industrial Revolution 4.0 challenges.

As we are growing exponentially, we are looking for enthusiastic candidates (m/f/d) to join our team as soon as possible in the role of Professor (m/f/d) for Agile Transformation & Software Engineering (Part-time, 50% / Full-time, 100%). Applications for this new post are invited from outstanding candidates in the fields of agile transformation as well as software engineering.



  • Teaching courses in agile transformation (including agile methods for software development, business organization scalability, as well as in the subject areas that intersect software development, software testing, quality assurance, IT operations, automation and related topics), and courses in software engineering, in our (current) Coding and Software Engineering, Data Science, Digital Business, Digital Marketing, bachelor and(planned) Digital Transformation master programs.
  • Experience in the teaching SAFe Framework and the different qualification measures is an advantage.
  • Supervising examinations, internships, projects, bachelor and master theses.
  • Participating in the further development, consultation and organization of new courses.
  • Planning and implementation of research and development projects, including publishing activities and other initiatives as adequate. 
  • Establishing a network with partner companiesand supporting internships and collaborative  projects.
  • Participating in the academic self-administration of the university.
  • Self-identification with the innovative teaching approach of the XU Exponential University.
  • Commitment to contribute to the teaching experience with an interdisciplinary approach, as well as with practical experience in a digitally growing world. Experience with start-ups as well as with the associated environment are desirable.
  • Commitment to engage and develop further the XU innovative and interactive didactic concepts and methods.
  • Commitment to participate in interdisciplinary courses as well as in the implementation of English-language courses


Your Profile

  • Completed doctoral or PhD studies in the field of Software Engineering, Computer Science, or other related subject area. 
  • Pedagogic and didactic experience for academic teaching in English. 
  • Practical professional experience of 5 years in related industries (preferably after completing the PhD) in the field of agile transformation (agile development, tools support and automation systems for agile software development and testing, in particular, DevOps and DevSecOps; methods for test and build automation; efficient concepts for automated validation and verification; empirical studies for tools and methods supporting agile processes), or software engineering (user-centric development, Docker, Kubernetes, Build tools, etc.) is not mandatory but considered as a plus
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with the Scaled Agile Framework and its practical application in an entrepreneurial context down to the portfolio level is an advantage.
  • Research track record in the agile and software engineering fields (especially in the empirical application of agile organizational methods and SAFe implementations) proven by consultancy projects and/or publications in international scientific conferences and journals, etc. Additional experience in the acquisition, execution and management of research and/or consultancy projects is a plus.
  • Experience with at least some of the latest trends in agile development, including agile product development, organizational (or business) agility, agile project management, agile coaching, and agile transformation
  • Experience with at least some of the latest trends in software development including agile, DevOps, User-centric Development, Docker, Kubernetes, Build tools, etc.
  • It is expected that the future holder of the position will shift his/her center of life to Berlin/Potsdam area (on-site presence).
  • Very good communication skills and teamwork, ability to interact and motivate students and other key stakeholders.
  • Fulfill the official requirement captured by  §41 of State of Brandenburg (Brandenburgisches Hochschulgesetz (BbgHG))

Which other criteria are important? 

  • Additional teaching in the field of computer science and IT related topics, though not mandatory, is considered a plus.
  • Relevant experience in the supervision of scientific work of students, such as bachelor and master theses, is desirable.
  • Broad professional practical experience (with leadership responsibility) in the field of the appointment, for example in tech start-ups, tech companies, industry and/or in consulting related to data science, complete your profile.
  • Core values and social commitment to XU community and beyond matter for us.
  • In addition, we would like to see your enthusiasm and active involvement in building a new university and interest in producing an impact beyond.
  • Teaching experience in German, though not mandatory is considered a plus.
  • International experience, both industrial and academic.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset. 

What we offer

  • Excellent working conditions in an attractive modern environment.
  • The opportunity to impact on a young university.
  • The chance to set your own focus in research, as well as in new courses of study and, in the future, new subject areas, etc. 
  • Friendly atmosphere, teamwork-oriented and committed colleagues who love what they do.
  • The opportunity to build and develop processes that ensure high-quality teaching and innovative research in the long term.

Sounds interesting? 

Then we look forward to receiving your complete digital application (see below). 

Please submit your documents via email only to [email protected] .

Applications are currently being considered.

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Please, include the following information in your application and submit your application in a single PDF file. 

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation to join XU. 
  • Detailed resume and list of publications.
  • Doctoral certificate
  • University certificates
  • An overview of the courses and projects you have held so far (scope, subject)
  • Relevant experience certificates.
  • Teaching experience including evaluation forms (if available). 
  • Teaching statement describing potential courses to cover. 
  • Research statement describing your research vision.




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