Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel



Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is Germany’s center of excellence for digital engineering, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. 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 interconnected IT systems.

The research group design thinking and innovation research, headed by Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel, is a small interdisciplinary and international team that performs research in digital innovation, transformation, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and sustainability. For an upcoming research collaboration starting in spring 2023 with the MIT Center for Information Systems Research aimed at studying the intersection of digital innovation and sustainability in incumbent companies, we are currently seeking a:



Doctoral Student in
Digital Innovation for Sustainability
(m/f/d) (100%)


Your future tasks

  • Design, execute and perform scientific studies at the intersection of information systems and management as part of the research project, which involves conducting interviews, case studies, and surveys with incumbent companies around the world

  • Collaborate closely with the research partners from the MIT Center for Information Systems Research and other world-leading scholars in the field of information systems
  • Translate and transfer empirical data into insights by developing new concepts, frameworks, and tools
  • Present and teach your research as part of lectures, research meetings, scientific conferences, workshops with executives, and other public events


Mandatory qualifications

  • Outstanding master’s degree in areas such as management, business administration, computer science, psychology, and information systems
  • International experience, excellent communication, and writing skills, and the willingness to strive for outstanding research and publications
  • Hands-on attitude, including the willingness to travel internationally and the ability to perform independent tasks in a small team


Qualifications that would be a clear plus

  • Job experience in digitalization and sustainability projects with incumbent companies
  • Experience writing up academic papers or writing practice reports


What we offer

  • You can rely on a trustworthy and collaborative work environment that helps you thrive and achieve ambitious research goals
  • A well-funded work position with a fully flexible way of working focused on delivering outcomes and generating impact
  • An opportunity to write an outstanding Ph.D. thesis as part of the research project, including the chance to build up your network with C-level executives and world-leading scholars from all around the world
  • An opportunity to learn and grow on topics around digital innovation, sustainability, organizational change, and transformation focused on large companies



  • Please apply by sending your cover letter, detailed CV, all educational certificates, a copy of a master's thesis or another scientific report, and everything else that helps us to get to know you!



The position is supposed to start in Spring 2023. Please send your entire application as one single PDF document to thomas.haskamp(at)hpi.de by February 26th, 2023. We look forward to receiving your application.


Chair of Design Thinking and Innovation Research (Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel)
Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3, 14482 Potsdam, Germany