Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI

Research Assistant and Ph.D. Student (m/f/d) Entrepreneurship

Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is Germany’s center of excellence for digital engineering. The Digital Engineering Faculty, founded jointly by the University of Potsdam and HPI, offers a highly practical and engineering-oriented computer science study program, which is unique throughout Germany. HPI’s university research earns international recognition, with the main focus of its teaching and research on the foundations and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems. Since 2015 the HPI School of Entrepreneurship (E-School) is an integral part of the HPI designed to foster entrepreneurship at the HPI and to create a link between science and business practice. All activities and information relating to the subject of entrepreneurship are coordinated there. Education and research in this field are the cornerstone for further hands-on offerings for HPI students and alumni, such as the business plan competition and topic-specific workshops. Founding teams also have the opportunity to use the coworking space and receive individual entrepreneurship coaching. The HPI Seed Fund founded in autumn 2015 completes the unique offering by providing first financial support for selected HPI related startups.

In the course of our ongoing expansion, we are currently seeking a Research Assistant / Ph.D. Student (m/f/d) Entrepreneurship for our location in Potsdam. The position is fixed-term and full time.



  • Preparation of a doctoral thesis at the interface between IT and entrepreneurship - find your own external supervisor
  • Preparation and organization of E-School events and workshops on IT-Entrepreneurship
  • Prepare and deliver lectures (e.g., in IT-Entrepreneurship, Bachelor and Master level)
  • Support HPI founders and founding teams using your practical experience
  • Startup idea scouting within the HPI
  • Inspire HPI students to become startup founders
  • Conceptual work to expand the E-School offerings
  • Develop co-operations with universities, venture capitalists, and startups



  • Master’s / diploma degree in economics, computer science or other domain-related disciplines with above average grades
  • A passion for IT and entrepreneurship research
  • 1-3 years’ startup experience as a founder, employee or advisor desirable
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and understanding of young technology-based ventures
  • Fluent in English and German in oral, reading and writing
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • High degree of commitment and team-work spirit


What we offer...

  • Set in an international and state-of-the-art working environment, we offer you a multi-faceted job in which you contribute directly to the institute’s success
  • You work in a dynamic enterprise—on a unique interface between private and public higher education, with future-looking flexibility and financial stability
  • A great network of startups and big corporations
  • Cooperation with HPI Seed Fund and the opportunity to work with portfolio companies
  • We have flat hierarchies, a motivated team and an unbureaucratic approach
  • Your workplace, on the beautiful HPI campus, offers the best transportation connections to Berlin


We are looking forward to receiving your application (cover letter with personal statement, CV, academic certificates, salary expectations). Please send us your application only by email in PDF format to: Nicolai.Bohn(at)hpi.de

The closing date for applications is 31.08.2019


Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Digital Engineering gGmbH
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-30,
14482 Potsdam,