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Scientific Researcher, Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy

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

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Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Job Type
Research Related, Other Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

53 Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy
Startdate: 01.01.2024 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: 31.12.2025
Reference no.: 1710

Among the many good reasons to want 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 their continuous striving and curiosity in order to be able to be More than 7,500 academics at the University of Vienna thrive on continuous exploration and curiosity and help us better understand our world. Does this sound like you? Then join our accomplished team!

Your personal sphere of influence:

As a scientific researcher you will support the research team of Prof. Thomas Glade (Physical Geography focussing on Civil Protection and Disaster Risk research). You will take on tasks such as collaboration in international cooperations, participating in a variety of scientific workshops, contribute to the development of a postgraduate master curriculum and taking over selected and jointly agreed administrative and content related tasks.

Besides analysis of landscape dynamics, the focus of our research group is also in postgradual education in civil protection, risk prevention and disaster management. The announced position will coordinate the newly established EU project “EUMA - Creating a EUropean Higher Education Network for MAster’s Programmes in Disaster Risk Management”. EUMA aims to reinforce and increase the capacity of individual staff members of institutions, which are involved in civil protection, risk prevention and disaster management (e.g. civil protection authorities; disaster managers in the private sector). This will be achieved by establishing a network of universities and higher education institutes across Europe to develop and offer a tailormade high-level postgraduate Master's degree programmes on disaster risk and crisis management. The ultimate long-term strategic goal is to put university advanced education for professional disaster managers on a broader footing.

Our expertise within postgraduate education is founded in the German postgraduate master course “OeRISK – Risk Prevention and Disaster Management” (, which has been launched at the University of Vienna in 2014 and is offered annually. Prof. Glade's group consists of 4 PostDocs, 6 PraeDocs and 3 research assistants and gets support by 2 administrative colleagues.

What characterize us as a team is our outstanding, nationally, and internationally very visible research and education, our active contributions to national and international research networks, and our passion for teaching sustainability, global and climate change, natural hazards and risks, risk management and governance at various educational levels in regular and postgraduate teaching programs. It is particularly important to us, that every employee is highly motivated, enjoys being part of a team and is open to challenges.

Your future tasks:

You actively participate in coordination and management of the EUMA project, which means:

  • You will facilitate the communication between the projects stakeholders.
  • You will organize project meetings.
  • You will communicate regularly with EU Commission.
  • You will control the finances of the project, with support of a secretary.
  • You will prepare the regular project reporting to the EU commission and supervise the submission of deliverables.
  • You will accompany the project with didactical inputs.
  • You will fulfill selected administrative tasks in organizing the venues and courses.
  • You will contribute to develop a postgraduate MSc. curriculum.
  • You will be involved in evaluation measures and in quality assurance.

This is part of your personality:

  • Completed Master's/Diploma degree in Geography or related disciplines
  • Some experience in scientific writing and research methods (e.g. as part of your previous thesis)
  • Highest interest to contribute actively to developing an advanced postgraduate study program at the University of Vienna for professionals
  • Didactic skills / experience in e-learning
  • Experience in project work
  • IT skills (e.g., MS Office, literature database, Adobe products)
  • Excellent English language skills (C1) are required

Desirable Knowledge of:

  • Experience in project management
  • You are a team player with high social/communication skills.
  • You are looking forward to new tasks and are willing to be a part of scientific discourse.

What we offer:

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

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.

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.

Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 3277,30 (on a full-time basis) increases if we can credit professional experience.

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

Duration of contract: 2 years

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae / letter of intent
  • With your summary of research interests
  • Master Degree  /  Diploma
  • Via our job portal/ Apply now -  button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Thomas Glade

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: 12/19/2023 

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