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University Assistant Predoctoral, Historical and Cultural Studies

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
The basic salary of EUR 3,277.30 gross
Closing date
31 May 2024

40 Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies
Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: permanent
Reference no.: 2347

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 scientifically successful.

Your personal sphere of influence:

As PhD student in a predoctoral position at the Department of Economic and Social History, you actively participate in research, teaching and administration in the field of Global Economic and Social History and in the research cluster “Global History”. 

Moreover, you play a key role in the research team “Micro-Spatial Perspective”, together with one professor and one postdoc researcher. The position is limited to 48 months and should be filled as soon as possible.

Your future tasks:

  • Holding classes independently for Bachelor, Master and Teachers’ Diplomas on the basis of the current wage agreement of the University. The teaching workload is generally one course per year in the first three years, and two courses per year in the fourth year.
  • Co-organizing conferences, workshops and meetings related to the research team “Micro-Spatial Perspective” as well as engagement in administrative tasks of the University.
  • Further academic qualification (dissertation, publications, conference participation, etc.).
  • The conclusion of the dissertation agreement is expected within 12 to 18 months.

This is part of your profile:

  • Successfully completed Master or Diploma study in history by 10 May 2024.
  • Substantial, provable competence in global history, microhistory and/or social history (i.e. an excellent MA dissertation and publications). 
  • An explicit reflection on the micro-spatial perspective and the way this approach can be developed further.
  • The successful candidate is able to assist in communicating research results into the public.
  • Awareness of theory and methods in history, and especially in global history and microhistory.
  • For German native-speakers: German and proficiency in English; For non-German native-speakers: Proficiency in English and the willingness to be able to teach in German within three years from the signing of the contract
  • Advanced computer skills are desirable.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Organisational skills.

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.

Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 3,277.30 gross (full time) 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:

  • Letter of Motivation (1 page) in which the applicant explains why this position is especially attractive to him/her
  • A concept for a prospective PhD project (approx. 3-4 pages). The project can address any topic and space within the context of the early modern and modern world (1500-2024). It needs to deal explicitly with the way the candidate views the connection between microhistory and global history, and more specifically the micro-spatial perspective – for more information, see: Research Team "Micro-Spatial Perspective"
  • Writing sample (e.g. one chapter of the MA thesis or one article).
  • Academic Curriculum Vitae, including a list of publications and evidences of teaching experience (if available)
  • Degree certificates
  • Via our job portal/ Apply now -  button - University Assistant postdoctoral (

If you have any questions, please contact:

[[Univ.-Prof. Christian De Vito, PhD]]


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: [[31.05.2024]]

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