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The Vietnamese-German University (VGU) is a Vietnamese state university. Founded in 2008, VGU is a joint venture based on close cooperation between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, aiming to become the leading research university in Vietnam and the region. VGU’s strategy is to customize excellent German-language study programs in the fields of engineering, computer science and economics to meet the needs of Vietnamese higher education. Being a joint effort of Vietnamese and German institutions, VGU follows the successful German model and standards regarding academic and administrative structures.

Vietnamese-German University (VGU) is looking for a highly qualified full-time Lecturer in Building materials and building construction. Applicants should hold a PhD in this or a closely related field and have a strong research background. Relevant international experience is an advantage. The successful candidate will be part of an international network of universities and research institutes.

Teaching responsibilities

In the role of Lecturer, the successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in Civil engineering program. The expected workload for conducting classes in class is 08 academic hours per week, totaling 240 academic hours per year (1 academic hour equals 45 minutes).

Teaching should reflect current research methods and findings and include lectures on the following modules:

  • Construction materials
  • Building construction
  • Building physics

Named courses are subject to change based on realistic program needs and joint agreement between the lecturer, relevant academic coordinators, and the dean/vice-dean in charge of teaching. Classes may require conducting relevant laboratory activities and/or advising student projects.

The holder of this job is also responsible for supervising bachelor’s and master’s theses and supervising doctoral students.

Research responsibilities

As a faculty member of a research-oriented university, the successful candidate is expected to contribute significantly to the scientific profile of VGU through innovation. This includes, but is not limited to, comprehensive basic research activities as well as applied research in the areas of Building materials testing. The ability to apply and generate externally funded research projects is highly desirable.

Administrative responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the development of Civil Engineering Program by participating in the administrative, marketing and other public activities of the program in consultation with the academic coordinator of the study program and the German partner university, namely Biberach University of Applied Sciences. She or he is also expected to actively contribute to the academic self-administration of the Engineering school and the university by agreeing to stand for election to the Faculty Council, Academic Senate and/or other bodies.


Applicants must hold a PhD in Civil engineering, Building materials, Building construction or a closely related field, preferably from a well-known international university. A current professorial title will be a plus, as well as experience and understanding of the German higher education system and methodology. Other requirements include:

  • An outstanding academic record with a focus on Building materials, materials testing, materials approval and building construction or other areas closely related to it
  • Proven expertise in the field of construction materials building construction
  • Solid track record of successful research activities and publications in international and peer-reviewed journals in the related field
  • Proven teaching experience with strong personal motivation combined with a passion for teaching and research
  • Industry experience is an asset
  • Demonstrated excellent command of English:

Applicants from non-English speaking countries must include one of the following valid English proficiency certificates; IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 548 (PBT), TOEFL 84 (iBT), TOEFL 212 (CBT), CEFR level B2 or Aptis level C1 at the time of application submission. Alternatively, applicants who do not hold a valid English language proficiency certificate at the time of submission should be assessed internally at VGU to meet the criteria listed above.

Native English speakers (e.g. from the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Australia, Canada or New Zealand) do not have to submit a certificate of English proficiency if the interviewers are satisfied with the level of English of the interviewees at the time of the interview.


To apply, please send your application (along with the following documents in a single PDF max. size: 5MB) to [email protected] with the subject line “Building materials and building construction _[Your Name]

Your application should include:

  • Basic Information Form (Please To downloadcomplete this form electronically and submit it with your application)
  • A cover letter indicating your interest in joining VGU
  • Curriculum Vitae (including list of publications)
  • Scans of university diplomas, university transcripts and other relevant certificates
  • Scans of language certificates (if applicable)
  • References illustrating your professional and academic background, including reference contact details (if available, highly appreciated)
  • Assessment results for teaching (if available)

All applications will be reviewed and assessed by VGU’s international application review team.

To learn more about our benefits, as well as our application process, please visit our recruitment webpage: