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Hapag-Lloyd endowed Professorship Maritime or Shipping Economics or Logistics (open rank)

Kühne Logistics University Hamburg. Hamburg, 03.08.2017


Hapag-Lloyd endowed Professorship
Maritime or Shipping Economics or Logistics (open rank)

at Kühne Logistics University
Kühne Logistics University (KLU) in the framework of a collaboration with Hapag-Lloyd seeks to appoint a Professor of Maritime or Shipping Economics or Logistics (open rank, 5 years) based at KLU in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Starting date is on or after January 1, 2018. The position is a full-time professorship with the possibility of being turned into a permanent position.

  • Candidates should have a PhD in economics, logistics, management or engineering, with a focus on maritime logistics, liner shipping, container transport, shipping operations or a related field.
  • The candidate’s academic fields of interest should be in line with KLU’s Key Competence Areas (Digital Transformation, Creating Value, Sustainability) and concentrate on applied research in innovation (in particular digitalization) and/or strategic topics of the container shipping industry and/or sustainable/green logistics.
  • Other academic qualifications might be considered depending on the affinity of the candidate with the position. Suitable candidates will have a research qualification over and above the doctorate.1
An understanding of the ports and terminals industry is beneficial although preference will be given to candidates with a focus on shipping and container shipping in particular. Although not a requirement, maritime industry experience and some knowledge of the German language would be an asset.
Candidates should combine an understanding of relevant practical problems with inspiring teaching, a record in research and the willingness to contribute to institution building. We are seeking experienced, talented, and highly motivated professors with a proven record of industry R&D. Experience in obtaining research funds from government, state-funding institutions, and industry sources would be helpful. Furthermore, candidates should be willing and able to teach a wide range of courses in our regular degree programs and in our executive education.
The successful candidate will
  • complement the research activity at the KLU with the objective of strengthening the institution’s scientific reputation in this area,
  • collaborate further with industry and the Hamburg Maritime Cluster,
  • teach in KLU’s study programs as well as develop and give programs in KLU Executive Education,
  • acquire third-party funding research projects and build up a strong network within the industry.
KLU will offer an internationally competitive salary and bonus scheme, reasonable teaching commitments, annual research budget, and administrative support. The position also comes with funding for one PhD student.
Located in the heart of Hamburg, one of Europe’s most livable cities, KLU is a fast-growing international university that offers a vibrant research environment and provides all the opportunities of an agile private business school. Our faculty are dedicated teachers and leading scholars who regularly publish their work in top journals. Detailed information on teaching and research at KLU can be found on our website:
Applicants are invited to send their application including curriculum vitae, publication list, teaching portfolio (i.e., teaching experience and philosophy, possible student feedback), research statement (i.e., description of research and publication projects in progress) to:
Please send the documents by September 15, 2017.
KLU is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff, and student body and welcomes all applicants.
For inquiries regarding the position, please contact Professor Jan Becker, Dean of Research, phone: +49 40 328 707 221, eMail:

Hamburg, July 2017

Bewerbungsschluss: 15.09.2017