Professor for Open Source Software at University of Erlangen

After 12 years of working in the high-tech industry, I’m changing gears. I left my prior industry job and am starting today, September 1st, as the “professor for open source software” in the computer science department of the Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. This is a free (not tied to a chair) full (fully tenured) professorship. I’m looking forward to joining the department and collaborating with my new colleagues at the university, local industry, and beyond.

The professorship is well-funded and I’ll be seeking to hire Ph.D. students right away. For my research plans, please see the upcoming blog post. For now, I’ll let my favorite (ex-)Stanford comic strip do the talking. If you aren’t reading Ph.D. comics yet, check it out.

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  1. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    Walid: Thanks! Yep, hope to be in Munich more often now too!

  2. Walid Maalej Avatar

    Very Nice!! Congratulations to you Dirk!
    Hopefully we will then see you more often at TUM, since we are now almost neighbors 🙂

  3. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    Hey Kay, good to hear from you and thanks for the congrats! I hope I’ll make it to Boston soon again. –Dirk

  4. Kaj Kandler Avatar

    Congratulations Dirk!
    Wish you luck in your new position. I look forward to your now even greater freedom to publish interesting facts about open source and its adoption.

  5. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    Hey Fabian, thanks!
    Almost thought about applying to UHK though; great city! But nothing on this planet beats the benefits of being a German professor, to be honest. Not even the UC system if it still exists…

  6. Fab Avatar

    Glückwunsch! Coole Sache.
    Gruß aus HK,

  7. […] 6:13 pm on September 3, 2009 Reply Tags: dev (211) Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg now has a “professor for open source software” position. § […]

  8. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    Thanks Amit! I hope you are doing well too!

  9. Amit Deshpande Avatar
  10. Dirk Riehle Avatar

    @Eugene @Stewart @Kat Thanks so much!

  11. Kat Walsh Avatar

    Congratulations; that’s great!

  12. Stewart Mader Avatar

    Congratulations! Good luck on your new professorship.

  13. Eugene Eric Kim Avatar

    Congratulations and best of luck on your return to academia!

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