Tiếng Việt

Full-time Lecturer (with PhD) in Sustainable Product Development

The Vietnamese-German University (VGU) is a Vietnamese state university. Founded in 2008, VGU is a joint venture based on a close cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, with the goal of becoming the leading research university in Vietnam and the region.
VGU´s strategy is to customize excellent German study programs in the fields of engineering, natural sciences and economics to meet the needs of Vietnamese higher education. Being a joint effort of Vietnamese and German institutions, VGU follows the successful German model and standards concerning the academic and administrative structures.
VGU is seeking full-time lecturers with a PhD and a strong background in Research. The teaching workload will be limited to an average of 8 academic hours per week. VGU expects its lecturers to establish their own research agenda and will support them with attractive start-up endowments. Our lecturers will be part of our tight network of German and international universities and research institutes.

Full-time Lecturer (with PhD) in Sustainable Product Development

Job Description and responsibilities

The successful candidate will work as a scientific expert in Machine Elements, Systematic Product Development and Virtual Product Design. She or he will teach and conduct research in that field.

Teaching comprises lectures about:

  • Engineering Design - fundamentals of engineering systems, fundamentals of engineering design: function, layout, design, manufacture and assembly, fundamentals of machine elements: use and function, durability of machine elements: load, stress, strain, and failure prediction for static and dynamic loading, conceptual and embodiment design,
  • Systematic Product Development - product planning, task clarification & problem statement, interrelationships in technical systems, solution finding methods, selection & evaluation methods, developing size ranges, developing modular products, rules of embodiment design, DfX,
  • Virtual Product Design–digital product development processes, CAD models, Digital Mock-ups (DMU), selection and implementation of CAD products.

Teaching should reflect current research methods and results.

Relevant fields of research include sustainable product design, modularization, virtual product design, methodologies for sustainable product development: eco-design, life cycle engineering, life cycle assessment.

The candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the Master Degree Program Global Production Engineering and Management in coordination with the study program coordinator and the German partner university: TU Berlin

The candidate should significantly contribute to the scientific profile of VGU. This includes comprehensive activities in basic research as well as applied research and development, in cooperation with industry in Vietnam.

Generating externally funded research projects, supervising bachelor and master theses and mentoring PhD students pursuing doctoral degrees are an essential part of the lecturer’s duties.

The teaching, research and working language at VGU is English.

Relevant qualifications

Candidates must hold a PhD; a doctor title from well-known reputable international universities or a professor title will be a plus.

Prerequisites for the recruitment are an outstanding academic record with a focus on Sustainable Product Development or other areas closely related to it, including publications in international, peer-reviewed journals, an excellent doctorate dissertation, as well as proven teaching experience.

The candidate must have proven excellent English speaking and writing skills.

The demonstrated ability to obtain funding for research projects is highly valued and experience in guiding PhD students is also desirable.

Contract type

Full-time fixed term with the option of permanent contract.


To apply please send your application package (with following documents in a PDF or MS Word DOC (in English, max. size: 5 MB) with “Your name_Applied position” written in the subject line to: professorship@vgu.edu.vn

  • Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications)
  • Scans of relevant attained university degrees and other certificates
  • Scans of language certificates
  • References illustrating your professional and academic career including contact details of references (if available, but highly appreciated)
  • Evaluation results for teaching (if applicable)
  • Form for basic information (Please download and complete this form electronically, then send together with your application)

(All of the above documents need to either be in English or include a translation)

All applicants will be invited to take part in VGU’s recruitment procedure including an assessment by our International Search and Nomination Committee.

Application deadline

The review of applications will continue until the position is occupied.


For further information please contact:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Kohl per E-Mail at: holger.kohl(at)ipk.fraunhofer.de, or:
M.Sc. Dipl.-Kfm. Thomas Guidat per E-Mail at: Guidat@mf.tu-berlin.de