Vice President for Research und Appointments

Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil.

Stephan Völker

Vice President for Research and Appointments

+49 (0)30 314-22433

Organization name Vice President for Research and Appointments
Room H 1025

Short biography

Stephan Völker studied electrical engineering at TH Ilmenau, graduating in 1992. Following his studies, he earned a doctorate in Ilmenau's Lighting Engineering Group. He received the Helwig Prize from the Deutsche Lichttechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (LiTG) for his dissertation. Völker then moved to Lippstadt to take up a position as design engineer for lighting engineering in Hella's Corporate Research & Development/Optics Department. In 2002, Völker was appointed research lecturer at the University of Paderborn, where he was responsible for lighting engineering in the newly established L-LAB (a public-private partnership between Hella KG and the University of Paderborn). In addition to supervising numerous final and doctoral theses, he also developed a lighting technology curriculum for the University of Paderborn. In 2006, Professor Völker completed his Habilitation thesis titled "Hell- und Kontrastempfindung - ein Beitrag zur Entwicklung von Zielfunktionen für die Auslegung von Kraftfahrzeug-Scheinwerfern" (Brightness and Contrast Sensing - A Contribution to the Development of Target Functions for the Design of Automotive Headlights). He received the German Transport Safety Award (Deutscher Verkehrssicherheitspreis) for his Habilitation thesis.

He has held research positions at the University of Paderborn, University College London, and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia.

Stephan Völker was appointed head of the Chair of Lighting Technology at TU Berlin in 2008. Five years later he was elected vice dean and subsequently dean of Faculty IV. From 2016 to 2022 he represented the University's professors on the Board of Trustees. Since 1 April 2022n Stephan Völker has been vice president for research and appointments of TU Berlin.

Stephan Völker is a contributer to textbooks and reference books and a policy advisor at municipal and federal level. He is also a member of numerous national and international expert committees, most significantly as the representative for Germany in Division 4 (transport and outdoor lighting) of the International Commission on Illumination (CIE).

How and where can I meet and talk to the vice president?

Stephan Völker offers all University members office hours for topics under his remit. All members of the University are invited to make use of this offer. For organizational purposes, please register in advance via email with the vice president's personal assistant Julia Köller.

The following office hours are currently scheduled:

  • Tuesday, 10 October 2023, 8:00-9:00
  • Tuesday, 14 November 2023, 8:00-9:00
  • Tuesday, 12 December 2023, 8:00-9:00
  • Tuesday, 09 January 2024, 8:00-9:00
  • Tuesday, 06 February 2024, 8:00-9:00
  • Tuesday, 05 March 2024, 8:00-9:00

Areas of responsibility and projects

  • Deputy of the president
  • Research, research cooperations with non-university research institutions and industrial partners
  • Excellence Strategy and Berlin University Alliance (in cooperation with the president)
  • Strategies for (collaborative) research (in cooperation with the president)
  • Appointments, appointment strategy (in cooperation with the president)
  • Optimization of processes & infrastructure in administration with focus on research and personnel (in cooperation with the president and the vice president for administration)
  • Strategic construction planning with focus on appointments (in cooperation with the president and the vice president for administration)
  • Digitalization and IT strategy with focus on research (in cooperation with the president)
  • Tenure Track Program 
  • Open data, open science, open access
  • Enhanceria in ENHANCE
  • Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER)
  • Center for Electron Microscopy (ZELMI)

The Executive Board's Strategic Planning

The Executive Board will provide regular reports on its strategic planning. This includes the 100-day program from summer semester 2022 as well as programs for the following semesters. The results of surveys and other activities as well as a review and the outcomes of the annual retreat for staff and students at TU Berlin will also be published.

Transparency, Participation and Development

Office of the Vice President for Research and Appointments

Claudia Petzsch

Office of the Vice President for Research and Appointments

+49 30 314-22433

Room H 1025

Julia Köller

Personal Assistant to the Vice President for Research and Appointments

+49 (0)30 314-29059

Room H 1503