Prior to his appointment at the Hochschule Bremen, Jürgen Knies gained professional experience at the Oldenburg Institute of Information Technology (OFFIS e.V.), the Institute of Pipeline Construction (iro GmbH) and the Jade University of Applied Sciences (joint project ENaQ "Energetic Neighborhood Quarter Fliegerhorst Oldenburg"). The combination of renewable energies and spatial planning has always been the focus of his work.

Jürgen Knies acquired his academic qualifications with degrees from the Universities of Oldenburg (Diplom in landscape ecology) and Salzburg (master's programme in applied geoinformatics) as well as with a doctorate on the topic: "The spatial reference in the future energy system - strategic heat planning in urban areas" in the doctoral programme of the Jade University of Applied Sciences Jade2Pro (cooperative doctorate with the University of Oldenburg).

Since 01/2020 he represents the teaching area "Infrastructure planning of environmental and energy-technical facilities" in the Faculty of Architecture, Construction and Environment, namely in the degree programmes Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Energy as well as Environmental Systems.