The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) is Germany's university center of excellence for digital engineering ( The joint digital engineering faculty of the University of Potsdam and HPI offers an engineering computer science program that is unique in Germany and particularly practice-oriented. HPI conducts world-renowned university research. The focus of HPI teaching and research is on the fundamentals and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems.

 The Hasso Plattner Institute, academically constituted as the Digital Engineering Faculty of the University of Potsdam, in the course of its strong growth, is looking for the next possible date at the Potsdam location for a


PhD Student (m/f/d) / Program Manager Entrepreneurial Talent Education (m/f/d) 


at the School of Entrepreneurship.


Hasso Plattner Institute is a world-wide unique place for Digital Engineering, Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship.

The HPI School of Entrepreneurship is the pivotal hub within HPI, fostering a distinctive digital-tech Entrepreneurship Ecosystem. Our comprehensive offerings include a variety of programs and events designed to cultivate a robust entrepreneurial mindset and skill set. We are committed to nurturing the growth and scaling of tech products and ventures. As the birthplace of numerous successful tech startups, including a unicorn, we continue to operate and expand the HPI Entrepreneurship Ecosystem and its vibrant community. Our efforts are in close collaboration with our ecosystem investor, HPI SEED.


Your Role

  • Energize the HPI Entrepreneurship Ecosystem as a Program Manager, with a pivotal role in elevating the entrepreneurial-readiness-level of our community and with the specific goal of unlocking the triggers of entrepreneurial initiative in tech-people and translating these insights into actionable educational strategies
  • Conduct doctoral research in a field such as Business, Economy, Psychology or another relevant subject
  • Design, refine, and scale educational programs that not only impart knowledge but also actively boost confidence, risk-taking propensity, and the overall determination to embark on entrepreneurial ventures
  • Develop pioneering educational content and workshops aimed at instilling a robust entrepreneurial mindset, thereby positioning yourself as a key influencer in the realm of venture creation
  • Use a data-driven approach to measure and enhance the efficacy of educational modules in fostering entrepreneurial spirit and readiness, ensuring continuous improvement and high impact


Your Qualifications

  • Hold a distinguished academic record, preferably with a master's degree in business, economics, psychology, educational sciences, or a closely related discipline
  • Demonstrate a proven expertise in developing and leading programs that effectively raise the entrepreneurial readiness and motivation levels among students or professionals
  • Exhibit a strong understanding of the psychological aspects of entrepreneurship, including motivation, behavior change, and mindset cultivation
  • Possess dynamic execution capabilities and a commitment to achieving strategic objectives while nurturing a culture of innovation and venture creation
  • Command outstanding bilingual communication skills, capable of inspiring and educating diverse audiences in both English and German


What we offer

  • An enriching career path with the unique opportunity to uplift entrepreneurial readiness and motivation, set within the prestigious HPI Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
  • Deep involvement in an intellectually stimulating environment that thrives on academic excellence and practical execution, where you'll have the latitude to shape and evolve pioneering talent programs
  • Engage with a community of like-minded professionals and academics in a workplace buzzing with activity and collaborative spirit, featuring regular team-building events and educational workshops to foster continuous personal and professional growth
  • Attractive employee offers via corporate benefits and discounted lunches
  • A subsidized company ticket/Germany ticket (15.00 EUR employer subsidy)
  • Flexible working hours without core working hours and a corresponding flexitime account
  • Free drinks (coffee, tea, water) as well as fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Possibility of mobile working on up to 2 days per week
  • For problems of any kind (also in the private environment) you can use our external employee counseling free of charge
  • Work in a state-of-the-art facility at the HPI campus situated in the scenic Potsdam-Babelsberg, offering easy and fast connections to the heart of Berlin, facilitating both concentration and inspiration from the bustling tech scene


Have we aroused your interest?

Then we are looking forward to receiving your application documents including your salary expectations. Please apply exclusively via our career page.


Contact person HR-Recruiting:
Diana Kulhei
+49 331 5509-435


Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Digital Engineering gGmbH
Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3

14482 Potsdam