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Starting signal for the "LA-Proof" project: Landshut University of Applied Sciences qualifies junior professors with cooperation partners

Landshut University of Applied Sciences and the BMW Group work hand in hand in the further qualification of young scientists as professors

At the kick-off event for the "LA-Proof" project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts, Landshut University of Applied Sciences, together with representatives of the BMW Group, laid the foundation for the successful recruitment and further qualification of young professors: Markus Schmidtner, future W1 junior professor, will start his qualification in the field of business informatics with a focus on information modeling in November. He will work 50% of the time as a researcher at Landshut University of Applied Sciences. At the same time, he will bridge the gap between business and research with a part-time position at the BMW Group and gain practical experience on site.

The computer science graduate worked as a research assistant for the TRIO project at Landshut University of Applied Sciences. From now on, Schmidtner will follow a structured career path to a professorship and complete various further training courses as part of the LAnding qualification program, tailored to his individual needs. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Wunderlich, Head of Studies at the Faculty of Computer Science, will act as an experienced professor and mentor to help him structure and master his wide range of tasks.

Research and transfer activities succeed with LA-Proof and cooperation partners

A win-win situation for Landshut University of Applied Sciences and the BMW Group, says President Prof. Dr. Fritz Pörnbacher, because "Landshut University of Applied Sciences has growth potential in various subject areas. These include, in particular, subject areas such as digitalization in healthcare and social services, media sciences, business and administrative informatics as well as sustainability and Industry 4.0. These subject areas are currently in high demand both in science and in business". In order to further develop these areas accordingly, Landshut University of Applied Sciences needs young professors who not only have the dual qualification of professional experience and a doctorate, but also the necessary didactic skills and expertise for successful research and transfer activities.

This was also confirmed by Christian Lagleder, Product Owner and Team Leader at the BMW Group: "We want to optimize the hybrid architecture in the IT sector. Markus Schmidtner will be working in Supply Chain Management. He will certainly provide us with inspiration to incorporate scientific aspects into our thought processes. It will be very exciting for us to see what we can put into practice".

Karin Peisl, General Manager Product and Technology Integration OtD at the BMW Group, reports on the beginnings of the collaboration, as she played a key role in establishing it: "It took almost a year for the cooperation agreement to be signed. We all pulled together. My colleagues and I were all enthusiastic about the idea of LA-Proof".

Numerous partnerships with regional companies are planned for the future

University President Prof. Dr. Fritz Pörnbacher and the representatives of the BMW Group are optimistic and look forward to consolidating the successful partnership. Good prerequisites, because together with the mentors from the various departments present, the deans of the participating faculties and the LA-Proof project team, further collaborations with companies in the region are planned for the coming months.

Interested parties are invited to regularly browse through the job vacancies at Landshut University of Applied Sciences and keep an eye out for current vacancies. Two types of positions are offered, which give university graduates who have completed a doctorate or at least three years of professional experience outside of higher education the opportunity to expand their professional expertise within a maximum of five years. These W1 junior professors then have all the formal requirements to subsequently apply for a W2 university professorship.

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