University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Geography and Regional Research
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 184 fields of study, approx. 10.400 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.10.2022 of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Geography and Regional Research
Reference number: 13428
Founded in 1885 the Department of Geography and Regional Research is the oldest and largest geography department in Austria. It is home to more than 80 members of scientific and general staff in eight working groups, as well as more than 3,000 students. Since its foundation, it has continuously expanded into new fields for teaching and research within both human and physical geography. This interdisciplinary basis in social and natural sciences provides a dynamic and inspiring environment for researchers to address critical societal challenges of our generation.
The position is assigned to the Working Group Urban Studies. The Group pursues research on the complexity and interactions of social, ecological and technical processes in as well as their impacts on the urban system. The Group works both conceptually-theoretically and empirically on urban sustainability transformations and city-specific challenges with the overall aim of contributing to the development of sustainable cities in Europe and Latin America.
We offer a PhD position in an inspiring inter- and transdisciplinary research environment with the opportunity to become part of the Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy.
The employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and automatically extended to a total of 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of nonrenewal after a maximum of 12 months.
- Development and completion of a paper-based dissertation on an innovative topic related to the sustainability of complex (circular) urban systems, with a focus on qualitative analyses
- Signing a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months
- Participation in teaching activities as well as independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement, supervision of students
- Contributing to 4CITIES master program agendas, taking on coordination tasks (e.g. Spring School organization, science communication)
- Participation in scientific studies, research projects, publications and other academic activities
- Participation in the preparation of research proposals and the acquisition of third-party funding
- Administrative responsibilities and science communication
- Involvement in the organization of workshops, conferences etc.
- University Master degree or Diploma in Geography, Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development, Science and Technology, or a related field
- Interdisciplinary background in urban studies, with a focus on socio-ecological research or technology studies, or related topics
- Profound knowledge in the implementation of qualitative research methods, good knowledge in quantitative methods; experience in statistics and GIS are an asset
- Interest in conducting transdisciplinary research
- Experience in conducting empirical research (e.g. in the course of the Master thesis)
- Excellent command of written and spoken English, working knowledge of German is required or to be acquired, additional languages are an asset
- Experience with e-learning methods
- Research or study experiences abroad
- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae
- List of publications
- Evidence of teaching experience (if available)
- Short doctoral project proposal (1-2 pages)
- Degree certificates
Main research field
Special research fields
Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning
Sustainable urban development;Environmental policy;Urbanism;Urban and village renewal;Urban ecology
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 21.08.2022, mentioning reference number 13428.
For further information please contact Krellenberg, Kerstin +43-1-4277-48760.
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.