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University Assistant Predoctoral, Psychology

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

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47 Faculty of Psychology Startdate: 01.04.2024 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) 
Limited until: permanent 
Reference no.: 1995

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!

The Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna comprises, beside the Dean’s office and the StudyServiceCenter, four Departments as well as the Psychological Outpatient Unit. 

The Differential Psychology and Psychological Assessment Unit (Head: Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Jakob Pietschnig) is a part of the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology.

Your personal sphere of influence:

As a university assistant predoc, you will complement the research team. Research topics of the Unit focus particularly on 

(i) cognitive abilities, their bases, correlates, and (intra- and interindividual) changes over time, 
(ii) the development, application, and evaluation of psychological test, as well as 
(iii) the validity of empirical study effects. 

Our methodological approaches include quantitative analyses of cross-sectional and longitudinal data, research syntheses-based approaches (especially meta-analyses), as well as IRT-based methods. We offer excellent work opportunities that are expected to lead to the completion of a doctorate, a motivated and experienced team, as well as international collaborations and intensive promotion of young scientists.

Your future tasks:

You actively participate in research, teaching & administration, which means:

  • You participate in research projects / research studies.
  • You design and conduct empirical studies.
  • You publish research results in international scientific journals.
  • You participate in publications / academic articles / presentations.
  • You hold courses independently within the scope of the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement. 
  • You are involved in the organization of and participate actively in meetings, conferences, and symposiums. 
  • You supervise students.
  • We expect you to complete your dissertation agreement within 12-18 months. 

This is part of your personality:

  • Completed Master’s degree or Diploma in the field psychology.
  • Strong research interests in the field of differential psychology and psychological assessment, especially in the research focus of the unit.
  • Experience in planning, conducting, and statistical analysis of empirical studies. 
  • Advanced knowledge of statistical data analysis programs (desired: SPSS, R) and willingness to further the own expertise.
  • Good knowledge of quantitative analysis methods and motivation for extending this knowledge. 
  • Excellent command of written and spoken German and English.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • High commitment, personal initiative, and independence.
  • Motivation for participating in academic teaching.

Desirable qualifications are:

  • Initial teaching experience. 
  • Initial experiences with publishing in discipline-specific international scientific journals.
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures. 
  • Experience abroad.

 What we offer:

  • Doctorate and support of a scientific career by working in a committed team. 
  • Participation in the international scientific exchange (conferences) as well as trainings by the Human Resources Unit and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Vienna.
  • Teaching experience in bachelor’s and master’s curriculum.
  • Attendance of the Vienna Doctoral School in Cognition, Behaviour and Neuroscience (VDS CoBeNe).

The employment duration is 4 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 4 years if the employer does not terminate it within the first 12 months by submitting a non-extension declaration.

Fair salary: The basic salary (full time) according to the classification of the collective bargaining agreement in the B1 salary group amounts to EUR 3.578,80. This amount increases after three years of service. The three-year period shall be reduced by periods for which previous job-related work experience can be proved (see Salary scheme).

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours and can partially work remotely. 

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 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.

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

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your letter of motivation.
  • Academic curriculum vitae. 
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Short doctoral project proposal (5 pages max).
  • Degree certificates.
  • Via our job portal / Apply now - button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Jakob Pietschnig

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: 03/21/2024 

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