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University Assistant Postdoctoral, Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

53 Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy 
Startdate: 01.01.2024 | Working hours: 40 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)
Limited until: 31.12.2029
Reference no.: 1509

Among the many reasons to research and teach at the University of Vienna there is one in particular, which has convinced around 7,500 academic staff members so far. They see themselves as personalities who need space for continuous striving for top international research and scientific excellence. At the same time they enjoy support and liberties that are not a given at other institutions. Does that sound like something for you? Welcome to our team!

Your personal sphere of play:

Your future position is at the Department of Geography and Regional Research (IfGR) that is part of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy. More than 100 academic staff and more than 3000 students at the IfGR appreciate the diversity of subjects within both human and physical geography. The interdisciplinary basis in both social and natural sciences that provides a dynamic and inspiring environment to address critical societal challenges of our generation. The IfGR conducts outstanding research and stands out with its internationality.

Within the IfGR your future position is assigned to the Urban Studies Working Group. The Group researches the complex interactions of social, ecological and technical processes, with emphasis on how such impact the urban system. The Group engages in conceptual, theoretical, and empirical work on urban sustainability transformations and city-specific challenges with the overall objective of contributing to urban sustainability transformations, mainly in Europe and Latin America.

Accordingly, we encourage you to submit an intriguing research proposal that illustrates your area of interest, and specifically, how such links to urban sustainability transformations. Moreover, in this proposal you should discuss the incorporation of novel research methods which support the development and innovation of living lab-based research. Topics can include a range of foci, from mobility and housing, to food security and climate adaptation, as the key is that such relate to urban sustainability transformations.

Your future tasks:

Active participation in research, teaching & administration, which means:

  • You contribute to the interdisciplinary- and transdisciplinary research and teaching profile of the Urban Studies Working Group, with the opportunity to develop your specific focus and profile within this field 
  • You contribute to the development of a knowledge database (quant./qual.) within the USLL
  • You acquire and manage third-party research projects
  • You publish and present in international settings, including outreach activities with (non-)academic stakeholders, ideally in living lab settings
  • You teach courses independently, as defined by the University of Vienna’s collective agreement
  • You supervise students and develop innovative curriculums on emerging topics that incorporate novel pedagogical methods
  • You undertake administrative responsibilities 
  • You participate in science management, including third mission activities, e.g. the organization of workshops, conferences, symposiums etc. with (non-)academic stakeholders 
  • You promote inter- and transdisciplinary research in local and international networks through collaborations with (non-)academic stakeholders

  This is part of your personality: 

  • Completed doctoral/PhD studies in subject of Geography, Environmental Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Technology, or a related field with a strong orientation on urban studies and sustainability
  • Outstanding dissertation
  • Proven competence in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, ideally including living lab approaches
  • Proven experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Proven ability to publish in international journals as well as science-to-public outlets including other media (e.g. MOOCs, podcasts etc.)
  • Proven teaching experience with excellent track record and skills with regards to both undergraduate and graduate curricula 
  • Willingness to contribute to the development of innovative teaching formats and research management 
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, working knowledge of German is required or to be acquired, Spanish is a strong asset
  • Team player and high social/communicative skills
  • Experience in successful external fundraising and project management is a significant advantage
  • Research or study experiences abroad is a strong asset
  • Affinity to Latin America would be highly welcome

What we offer:

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in an inspiring inter- and transdisciplinary research environment embedded in the Working Group’s Urban Sustainability Living Lab (USLL) and a healthy and fair working environment.

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours, remote/hybrid and/or part-time work (upon agreement).

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Fixed-term contract and fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 4,351.90 (14 times a year) for a period of 6 years increases if we can credit professional experience. 

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your letter of motivation
  • With your scientific curriculum vitae 
  • With your list of publications
  • With your degree certificates
  • With your research proposal (1-2 pages)
  • With your evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • With your recommendation letters to support excellency in research and/or teaching
  • Via our job portal/ Apply now - button

If you have any content questions, please contact:

Kerstin Krellenberg

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women and diversity. We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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​Application deadline: 12/10/2023

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