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Professorship in Artificial Intelligence

RemoteBerlin, Berlin, GermanyLearning

Job description

Tomorrow's Education is a remote-first startup founded by serial entrepreneurs with a vision to unleash the power of students to become leaders for a sustainable future. Tomorrow’s first cohort of students started in April 2021 with the Professional Master in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship and Technology in cooperation with the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Since then, Tomorrow has launched its own degree programs and achieved state-recognition status in Germany for its newly established university.

Tomorrow University of Applied Sciences (ToU) is part of Tomorrow's Education. It is a state-recognized, private university, currently running two undergraduate programs (B.A. in Responsible Entrepreneurship & Management and B.Sc. in AI & Sustainable Technologies) and the Impact MBA in Sustainability, Innovation and Leadership. The ToU model is characterized by a challenge-based approach where learners master competencies through active and collaborative learning methodologies. Our mission is to empower students for the challenges of the 21st century in close cooperation with startups, established companies and research institutions. For this purpose, we are looking for academics of tomorrow with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset, who are interested in new teaching and learning models and who bring a future-oriented mindset to create the university of tomorrow with us.

We are looking to fill one full-time professor position to support our degree programs, especially the undergraduate degree program in AI & Sustainable Technologies. The role holder will have expertise in the field of computer science specializing in AI, machine learning and/or data science, ideally with a focus on sustainability issues. We are looking for candidates who have expertise in fostering responsible innovation and inspiring sustainability leaders through their teaching and research. In this role, you will be expected to take on program director responsibilities. You will also become part of the founding academic team, taking initiatives to create and carry out your own projects from day one.


Program director responsibilities:

  • Contributing to the recruitment of students

  • Ensuring selection and admissions policies are followed

  • Introducing students to the program

  • Developing the program curriculum and ensuring documentation is up-to-date

  • Sourcing, appointing and supervising Challenge Owners, ensuring that they deliver challenges in a way that is consistent with the ToU pedagogy

  • Maintaining contact with program graduates

  • Ensuring the quality of the program and liaising with accrediting bodies as appropriate

  • Contributing to the identification of and collaboration with external partners, ambassadors and mentors

Professorship Responsibilities:

  • Course development and program management for the B.Sc. in AI & Sustainable Technologies

  • Planning, content creation and implementation of introductory and advanced asynchronous courses with synchronous teaching components in the field of green or clean energy or sustainable technologies, computer science (especially AI and machine learning)

  • Planning and implementation of research projects including publication activities, ideally focused on the acquisition of third-party funding

  • Advising and supervising students

  • Developing appropriate assessment instruments and criteria, assessing the work and progress of students according to the criteria and providing constructive feedback to students

  • Supervising student projects, challenges and bachelor’s and master’s theses

  • Establishing partnerships with companies and research institutions

  • Administrative activities and committee work

Job requirements

Your Profile:

  • Completed relevant university studies (e.g. in a field such as computer science, AI, machine learning)

  • Fulfillment of the minimum requirements for the employment of professors according to §68 HHG (Hessian Higher Education Act)
    • Successfully completed doctorate (Ph.D.), i.e. proof of qualification for scientific work

    • Qualified professional experience of at least five years (after completion of the master’s degree, ideally after completion of the Ph.D.), three of which must have been gained outside of academic institutions

  • Ability to create and conduct courses in English

  • Publication and research activity in the field of responsible entrepreneurship

  • Ability to work in a team and strong communication skills

  • Organizational skills and hands-on mentality 

  • Enthusiasm and ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • International experience at universities desirable

  • Experience in a start-up environment and in multi-project management desirable 

  • Experience with third-party funding acquisition desirable 

What we offer:

  • A fixed-term employment contract for initially three years with an option for extension (full-time, 40 hours/week)

  • Competitive salary 

  • The opportunity to manage newly created study programs and shape academic affairs and university governance from the ground up

  • Varied tasks in a meaningful and promising field of work with a positive social impact

  • The opportunity to effectively contribute your own strengths, interests and ideas in an agile team and to help shape the new university from the start

  • Flexible working hours taking into account the tasks at hand

  • A diverse and international working environment

  • Creative freedom for your own ideas and their implementation

  • 100% remote setup: You can choose your place of work independently, as long as your location is +/- 2 hours from CEST standard time

Are you interested in education and impact? Grow with us and shape the educational landscape!

At Tomorrow's Education we believe in the power of you and your own merit much more than we believe in degrees! Sounds strange for an educational provider? That's Tomorrow's Education!

We actively promote inclusion, equality and diversity and pursue the strategic goal of significantly increasing the proportion of women and people from traditionally underrepresented groups in the research and learning community. Accordingly, we particularly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

To review your application we need: 

  • Your academic CV, including a list of publications

  • Cover letter

  • Certificates of your previous degrees, including Ph.D.