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Project Staff at the Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.10.2020 of a
at the Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology
Reference number: 10854
The ELIT project
The Empirical Study of Literature Innovative Training Network (ELIT) is an EU network whose mission is to provide a Joint/Double Doctorate level training programme, valid throughout all Europe, on innovative approaches applied to literary reading in the digital age. This interdisciplinary programme will train future research leaders with the capability to address the needs of improving literacy rates and mental wellbeing in European society.
ELIT’s main aim is to consider and integrate methods and instruments of different sciences and scholarships bridging the gap between the humanities and the cognitive sciences. Communication between the two has so far been mostly unidirectional: from the cognitive sciences to the humanities. We believe that through the field of Empirical Studies of Literature the humanities can produce its specific knowledge on the cognitive operations involved in, and the impacts of, literary reading.
Applications will be accepted from 09/04/2020 until 15/06/2020 at 2:00 pm (Central European Time).
Applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline specified above via the following online form:
We are offering a 3-year PhD position in an international, multi-partner EU project. In our subproject, we
offer a position in an empirical research project (mainly using eye-tracking) in which we study the presence,
and quality, and aesthetic dimensions, of natural reading in our everyday lives. With our study we aim to
establish a new, empirically based understanding of text and image interaction in everyday perception, with
a special focus on aesthetic appreciation; and provide recommendations on utilizing mobile eye-tracking
methods to investigate reading in every-day life.
The successful candidate will receive a double degree, through planned Secondments: Being mainly
employed at University of Vienna (supervisor Helmut Leder) with a Second Supervisor and Academic
Secondment at University of Warsaw (co-supervisor: Monika Płużyczka, length: 12 months, months 20-31).
Enrolment in Doctoral Degree(s): University of Vienna (UNIVIE); University of Warsaw (UW). There is also a
secondment at our non-academic partner hosted by Büro Bauer (industrial mentor: Erwin Bauer, length: 2
months, months 38-39) for theoretical and practical input, emphasizing the expertise of Büro Bauer in
designing signage systems in public spaces.
a Must hold a Master’s Degree (e.g., Master of Science or Master of Arts) which would grant them
access to doctoral level studies in the country where the degree was conferred.
b) Must not already hold a doctoral title and must have less than 4 years (full-time equivalent)
of research experience. Full-time-equivalent research experience is measured starting from the
date the applicants obtained their Master’s degree or equivalent qualification entitling them to
embark on a doctorate, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.
c) (Mobility Rule) Must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in
the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately
before the recruitment date.
Any time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention
(1951 Refugee Convention and the 1967 Protocol), compulsory national service and/or short
stays such as holidays do not count towards the total.
Additional requirements can apply for specific positions. For further information, please consult the detailed
information for each position.
If any of the aforementioned prerequisites are not satisfied, the ELIT network reserves the right to exclude
applicants from the selection procedure at any time, even after the selection procedure has taken place.
Some training in experimental methods will be an advantage and a background in psychology or empirical aesthetics is preferred
Main research field
Special research fields
Very good knowledge
Very good knowledge
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 09.06.2020, mentioning reference number 10854.
For further information please contact Leder, Helmut +43-1-4277-47110.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.