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Universität Heidelberg
Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg (DE)
The Rector (f/m/o) receives a W3 salary and is eligible for bonuses
Closing date
Oct 31, 2022

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Heidelberg University is a comprehensive university with a strong research profile and international visibility that has been successful in every application round of the Excellence Competition of the German federal and state governments since 2007. With just under 30,000 students and 8,400 employees, many of them top-level researchers, it is a globally renowned institution with outstanding economic significance for the Rhine-Neckar Metropolitan Region.

Effective 1 October 2023, the university is looking for a new


To fill this responsible and highly visible position, the university is looking for a personality with excellent academic credentials, strong leadership skills and an internationally distinguished profile who has acquired several years of management experience in a scientific-academic or university setting and demonstrates a firm understanding of the special qualities and needs of universities or other scientific-academic institutions.

Applicants should be able to provide effective leadership for Heidelberg University, in cooperation with the University Council, the Senate and the University Administration, and to shape the university’s present and future in an innovative and integrative manner. This includes overseeing the ongoing development of a sustainable institutional strategy, based on Heidelberg’s self-definition as a comprehensive university, that can be embraced by the university as a whole.

The new Rector (f/m/o) will be expected to carry on the university’s successful cooperation with other strong research universities and research alliances, and to further enhance its regional, national and international standing in order to ensure its continued success.

The Rector (f/m/o) represents the university both internally and externally. The responsibilities of this position call for a strong personality with an excellent academic and personal reputation and outstanding leadership ability, decisiveness, commitment, social skills and communication skills. Visionary power should be accompanied by the ability to translate vision into action.

The powers, conditions for appointment and employment status of the Rector (f/m/o) are set forth in § 17 of the Baden-Württemberg Higher Education Act (Landeshochschulgesetz). The Rector (f/m/o) is nominated by the Selection Committee and elected in a joint meeting of the University Council and Senate. If the legal requirements are met, the Minister-President of Baden-Württemberg will confer upon the Rector (f/m/o) the temporary status of a civil servant, unless the contract stipulates a fixed term of service. The term of office is six years, and the incumbent may be re-elected for a second term. The Rector (f/m/o) receives a W3 salary and is eligible for bonuses

Please submit your application by 31 October 2022 to the Chair of the University Council, Prof. Dr. Hanns-Peter Knaebel, Geschäftsstelle Universitätsrat, Seminarstr. 2, 69117 Heidelberg. If you would like to apply by e-mail, please combine all application documents in a single PDF file via the APPLY button. We ask for your understanding that received application documents will not be returned.

Heidelberg University stands for equal opportunities and diversity. Qualified female candidates are especially invited to apply. Persons with severe disabilities will be given preference if they are equally qualified. Information on job advertisements and the collection of personal data is available at

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