September 21, 2014

Part-time W2 Professor for Serial Storytelling

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Photo: Markus Wulf, Janosch Götze.

The ifs internationale filmschule köln is a non-profit institution that educates the next generation of storytellers in film, television and digital media. It offers a Bachelor’s in Film with specializations in Screenwriting, Film Directing, Creative Producing, Cinematography, Editing Picture and Sound, and Digital Arts; a Master’s program in Serial Storytelling, as well as an extensive range of further education programs. It works in cooperation with the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. The Cologne University of Applied Sciences, with proven strengths in the fields of engineering and the natural sciences, the humanities and social sciences, and art and design, is considered one of the most innovative and research-oriented universities of applied sciences. The university is a part of an international research and education network and is an important partner in the dissemination of knowledge and technology.


The ifs internationale filmschule köln is currently seeking to appoint a part-time (50%) W2-Professor for Serial Storytelling (non-tenured track for a three-year assignment, renewable contract)

Position summary and responsibilities

S/he will be expected to teach serial storytelling in the Serial Storytelling Master’s program as well as in the core areas the undergraduate programs.

Responsibilities include:
– Supervise and curate student serial storytelling projects
– Examine serial storytelling for television and digital platforms, both in theory and practice
– Teach collaborative working techniques
– Mentor students in the research and development of innovative serial concepts
– Conduct group-oriented instruction as well as artistic, hands-on individual supervision
– Expand the department’s research and curricular strengths, international scope, and interdisciplinary interests
– Contribute to the conceptual and curricular planning
– Academic service

The ifs is looking for an outstanding individual with extensive practical and artistic experience in the field of serial storytelling.

The successful candidate will have gained practical experience in the development and production of series; have knowledge of transnational markets and new digital platforms as well as the financing and distribution of serial formats; have mastered the methods and techniques of creative collaboration and see the potential of serial storytelling in future media developments. An excellent command of English as well as a good command of spoken and written German is required.

The successful candidate will have experience in teaching and mentoring artistic and creative processes and will be open to interdisciplinary collaboration with students and professors of the study specializations Film Directing, Screenwriting, Creative Producing, Cinematography, and Digital Film Arts. The successful candidate will exhibit the ability to focus his/her own thinking and actions to help the university achieve its long-term goals, and display the capacity to develop solutions jointly and reliably in shared tasks.

A PhD is required. Candidates not holding a PhD but who demonstrate a commitment to artistic research through their practice and published work, may also apply and submit an academic evaluation along with their application material.

Please send your application with the regular documents by 9 October under the reference number ifs01 to:
President of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Attn: Jutta Jung
Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer 54
50968 Cologne

For academic information, please contact the Executive Director of the ifs internationale filmschule köln, Simone Stewens, [email protected]

For further information on the position responsibilities, conditions and requirements, the application documents, proof of the specific qualification for artistic work, and W-Grade employment, go to – Stellenangebote (wissenschaftlich).


ifs internationale filmschule köln seeks applications for a part-time position, W2 Professor for Serial Storytelling

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