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University Assistant Postdoctoral, Life Sciences

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

50 Faculty of Life Sciences 
Startdate: 01.05.2024 | Working hours: 40 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) 
Limited until: 30.04.2027 
Reference no.: 1954

Explore and teach at the University of Vienna, where over 7,500 academic minds have found a unique blend of freedom and support. Join us if you're driven by a passion for top-notch international research and scientific excellence. Ready to be part of our team? Welcome aboard!

Your personal sphere of play:

You will complement the WWTF Vienna Research Group for Young Investigators around Barbara Klump and take over tasks like:

  •     Planning and execution of observational and experimental approaches, using a variety of techniques
  •     Statistical analysis/evaluation of multi-level data
  •     Presentation of research results at international conferences
  •     Publication of research results in international scientific journals

Our research focuses on investigating the cognition and ecology of extractive foraging. Extractive foraging – the extraction and processing of embedded or encased foods – requires intensive object manipulation and was likely an important driver of enhanced cognitive skills. Animals have evolved both morphological and behavioural adaptations to access these otherwise inaccessible food items. We study carrion and hooded crows – species which show many life history traits that have been identified as drivers for enhanced cognitive skills (e.g. large brains, long-lived, social). These crows open walnuts by either pecking them open or dropping them on hard surfaces. Using state-of-the-art biologging technology, we monitor crow populations in urban Vienna and rural Austria with an unprecedented high spatial and temporal resolution. Focussing on the drivers of individual variation in extractive foraging and its ecological significance, this project aims to investigate individual-level resource use (e.g. how do individual crows use walnuts as a resource, opening techniques, correlation with environmental data) as well as rescource availability and social influence on resource use.

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Your future tasks:

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

  • You build up an independent research profile
  • You are involved in research projects and scientific studies in the field of behavioural ecology and cognition
  • You publish internationally
  • You take on administrative tasks in research, teaching and administration

This is part of your personality:

Must haves:

  •     PhD in Biology, Psychology or related discipline
  •     Proven ability to publish and present at a high international level
  •     Experience in handling large data sets and the analysis of fine-scale biologging data (GPS, ACC, magnetometer, ...)
  •     Strong statistical analytical and computational skills
  •     Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  •     Excellent command of written and spoken English
  •     Bird handling experience

Nice to have:

  •     Practical experience with field work
  •     Experience in designing and conducting behavioural experiments in the wild/fieldwork experience

What we offer:

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible 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.

Fixed-term contract and fair salary: Salary of EUR 4,351.90 (14 times a year) for a period of 3 years.

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

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae including list of publications and names and email addresses of three references
  • Letter of motivation (max 2p) including a brief summary of your research interests and your experience with the analysis of biologging data
  • Doctoral Degree
  • Via our job portal/ Apply now - button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Barbara Klump

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: 03/20/2024

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