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University Assistant Postdoctoral, Social Sciences

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

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49 Faculty of Social Sciences
Startdate: 01.11.2024 | Working hours: 40 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)
Limited until: 31.10.2030
Reference no.: 2439

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:

The Department of Communication, a subunit of the Faculty of Social Sciences, invites applications for the position of University Assistant (Postdoc) in the group of Univ.- Prof. Dr. Annie Waldherr. Communication Science is an integrative social science characterized by methodological diversity, with a focus on indirect public communication mediated by mass media.

As a University Assistant (Postdoc) you will be part of the Computational Communication Science Lab (CCL), an interdisciplinary research network under the direction of Prof. Dr. Annie Waldherr and Prof. Hajo Boomgaarden, PhD. The aim of the CCL is to improve our understanding of the causes, processes and effects of mediated communication using computational methods. We strive to advance core fields of communication science such as public sphere and public opinion research, journalism and political communication through the use of innovative, computerized tools and algorithms for collecting, processing, analyzing and visualizing large-scale, complex data. The research area of Computational Communication Science includes, for example, agent-based modeling and simulation, network analysis, automated text and image analysis.

As a team, we value a culture of appreciation and mutual support. We believe that treating each other with respect and recognizing the individual strengths and contributions of each team member are crucial to our collective success.

The contract duration upon employment is 6 years.

Your future tasks:

  • You will be actively involved in research, teaching and administration.
  • You will collaborate in research projects and scientific studies in the field of Computational Communication Science.
  • You will conduct research on issues relating to the public sphere and digital communication. 
  • You will present your research at international conferences and publish in international journals.
  • You will apply for grants and acquire third-party funding.
  • You will complete your habilitation (ready for publication). 
  • You will teach courses independently in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement.
  • You will hold exams.
  • You will supervise students.
  • You will take on administrative tasks at the institute in research and teaching.

This is part of your personality:

  • Completed doctoral studies in journalism and communication science or a related discipline
  • Sound knowledge of empirical social research methods, especially quantitative methods. 
  • Research competence and initiative proven through international journal publications and presentations at international conferences 
  • Experience in research management and in leading project staff
  • Excellent knowledge of computational and data-intensive methods of computational communication science, in particular knowledge of one or more of the following: Network analysis, agent-based modeling and computer simulation, time series analysis, text and data mining
  • Programming experience preferably in R and/or Python 
  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills
  • Interest in research questions in the areas of public sphere, political communication and/or science communication
  • Didactic skills, experience with e-learning an advantage
  • High level of written and oral communication skills
  • Very good written and spoken English skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good time management skills
  • Reliability and conscientiousness

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: The basic salary of EUR 4,752,30 (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
  • Your CV (incl. publications and presentations)
  • Description of your research interests 
  • The notification of your completed doctoral studies
  • Your degree certificates 
  • Naming of 3 references 
  • Collective certificate / Transcript of Records
  • Via our job portal / Apply now - button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Annie Waldherr

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: 06/21/2024 

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