Leibniz University Hannover strives for universality, diversity and interdisciplinarity. With more than 28,000 students, three Clusters of Excellence, 5,000 members of staff, over 150 institutes and an outstanding infrastructure, Leibniz University Hannover offers an innovative environment for top-level education and research in a comprehensive range of subjects.

In a joint appointment procedure, the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association (ARL) and Leibniz University Hannover (LUH) are seeking to fill the position of

Secretary General (m/f/d) of the ARL

as of 1 March 2024, initially for a fixed term of five years. A repeat appointment is possible. The Secretary General is also a member of the ARL Executive Committee.

The position is combined with a permanent 

University Professorship (m/f/d) of Salary Scale W3 NBesO for Territorial Transformation 

at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Science at LUH.

The future holder of the position will be appointed as a Professor at Leibniz University Hannover and will be granted leave of absence to take over the position as a Secretary General of the ARL (Jülich Model).

The ARL is an independent, non-partisan institution for the spatial sciences under public law with its headquarters in Hannover. As a Leibniz institution, it is funded jointly by the Federal Government and the federal states due to its supraregional significance and its work in the interest of national science policy. Its mission is to provide knowledge-based analysis and advice on current sustainable spatial development issues, both in a national and international frame of reference. The ARL’s specific mode of operation is transdisciplinary and network-based, demonstrating a commitment to the guiding principle of the Leibniz Association and enabling close cooperation and a wide-ranging exchange of ideas and knowledge between members of the academic community and planning practitioners. This also allows the quality-assured transfer of scientific findings relevant to specific target groups and the inclusion of socially pertinent issues in spatial development research.

We are looking for a leader to direct the ARL – together with the president and three vice-presidents – and to manage the Headquarters in Hannover. This leader is required to consistently and strategically develop the ARL network, sustainably safeguard and expand the ARL’s interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary character, open up new socially relevant topics in research and practice, stimulate research focused on criteria of excellence, and provide a wide range of advice and consulting for politics and society. The position calls for high standards of strategic management, work and leadership style, and innovation and planning skills. It also requires high levels of resilience and above-average commitment. In-depth specialist knowledge and links to practice in the fields of spatial development and spatial planning, also in an international context, are preconditions, as are very good German and English language skills.

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in teaching at Leibniz University Hannover, undertaking two semester hours per week. Courses on territorial transformation, regional policy, territorial development and/or planning theory are to be taught in German and English. In addition, participation in a proposed collaborative project on climate change and territorial transformation is desirable.

LUH and ARL are striving to increase the proportion of women in science and therefore strongly encourage female scientists to apply. Severely disabled applicants will be given priority if their professional and personal aptitude is essentially the same.

In its mission statement, LUH attaches great importance to the international orientation of teaching and research. At the same time, it places significant value on the intensive guidance and support of its students and on the university’s close ties to the region and to Lower Saxony. Its professors are thus expected to be based in the Hannover Region.

Candidates aged 50 or over at the intended time of appointment who do not already have civil servant status in Germany will be employed as regular members of staff.

General duties and employment requirements for Professors at Leibniz University Hannover are specified in the Lower Saxony Higher Education Act (NHG). For detailed information on employment requirements, please contact the Appointment Matters department.

Please submit your application in German or English with the usual documents (curriculum vitae, description of your academic career, list of courses taught and other proof of teaching qualifications, didactic concept, list of publications including the five most important publications, certificates and diplomas) and a comprehensive description of your research interests and research plans by 12 April 2023 exclusively via the appointment portal of Leibniz University Hannover at:


For more information, please contact Prof. Dr. Martin Prominski (LUH; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Klee (ARL; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Information on the collection of personal data according to article 13 GDPR can be found at https://www.uni-hannover.de/en/datenschutzhinweis-bewerbungen/.