Full Professor in Learning Sciences in Higher Education (W3)

Stellenbezeichnung: Full Professor in Learning Sciences in Higher Education (W3)


Arbeitsort / Location: Niedersachsen

Job Beschreibung: Kennziffer 20221019

The FernUniversität in Hagen is Germany’s only state distance-learning university and with more than 75,000 students also its largest university. It conducts a wide range of theoretical and applied research in its five faculties and in its central research unit CATALPA, as well as in interdisciplinary research clusters. On the basis of its blended learning model, it offers flexible, location-independent degree and continuing education programs, making higher education accessible to students in a variety of life situations.

The Faculty of Psychology invites applications for a

Full Professor in Learning Sciences in Higher Education (W3)

The position is located in the Faculty of Psychology and affiliated with CATALPA – Center of Advanced Technology for Assisted Learning and Predictive Analytics, a central research unit of the FernUniversität which is currently expanding. More than 50 researchers at CATALPA are working to support personalized learning using artificial intelligence and through the development of adaptive systems, and to embrace learner and teacher diversity as a natural part of teaching.

CATALPA collaborates closely with the FernUniversität’s faculties and with highly ranked research institutions such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Center for Lifelong Learning, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin.

We are seeking a highly qualified candidate with a strong background in empirical research in learning sciences in a higher education context with a strong methodological background and a demonstrated high affinity for learning analytics and adaptive educational technologies.


The successful candidate will be expected to contribute significantly to shaping CATALPA’s future research strategy and activities. Participation in interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration within CATALPA will be essential.

Since the primary focus of the position is research, it comes with a correspondingly low teaching load of 2 credit hours per semester within the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs of the Faculty of Psychology.

On-site presence is expected on 3 out of 5 business days.

Formal qualifications:

  • Significant scientific achievements at high international standards including the acquisition of substantial external funding
  • Fulfillment of the formal prerequisites for the position according to paragraph 36 of the Hochschulgesetz (Higher Education Act) of North Rhine-Westphalia

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to conduct research in a unique environment which enables field experiments with a large and highly diverse student body
  • Well-equipped facilities and top-notch university services to support you and your team
  • An open, stimulating and interdisciplinary work environment, with a portfolio of policies and services to support employee health and a family-friendly working environment

Salary and benefits:

The salary and benefits of the position are according to the status of tenured civil servants (Beamte auf Lebenszeit) in Germany, and correspond to level W3 of the civil servant salary scale. Additional benefits include a subsidy for health care expenses as a supplement to public or private health insurance, family allowance, and inclusion in the state pension plan for civil servants.


Did we spark your interest? Then we look forward to receiving your application (in English or German) with the usual documents (CV, copies of certificates and degrees, list of publications and teaching experience, research concept) sent by mail to Rektorin der FernUniversität in Hagen, 58084 Hagen or by e-mail to

The deadline for applications is 12 November 2023.

The FernUniversität in Hagen is committed to increasing the proportion of women in research and teaching. Qualified female candidates are expressly encouraged to apply. Women with equal qualifications, abilities and professional performance will be given preferential consideration, unless there are compelling reasons for preferring an outstanding male candidate. Candidates with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply.

FernUniversität in Hagen

Dezernat 3.3


Universitätsstraße 47

58097 Hagen

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