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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Research Platform Governance of digital practices
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
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Research Platform Governance of digital practices
Reference number: 10931
The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary research team within the Research Platform "Governance of digital practices" led by Professor Barbara Prainsack, Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences.
Being advised by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Forgó and Univ.-Prof. Dr. Barbara Prainsack, the PhD candidate (doctoral student) will pursue a study on digital health care governance and privacy.
The doctoral student (‘pre-doc’) will be based in the Department of Innovation and Digitalisation in Law, but will collaborate with colleagues in all departments and faculties involved in the platform. The post holder will be expected to develop a research project aiming to create a model for a balance between digital health, governability and existing regulation within the European Union. The research question leading this doctoral project will focus on the extent to which a balance can be struck between the digital health, governability and existing legal frameworks within the European Union. Also in the domain of digital health, current developments cannot be understood in isolation from the political economy within which they take place, including old and new financing and pricing models. Step 1: identifying and exploring case studies for the examination of the interplay of economic (incl. financing), legal, and political factors shaping digital health policies and practices in Europe (social science and legal expertise). Step 2: identify and research existing European Union legal frameworks (legal expertise). Step 3: on the basis of the analysis of the case studies, identify “best practices” and new models of governance for digital health.
The Research Platform Governance of Digital Practices will bring together experts from the social sciences, law, and operations research to study and improve the governance of digital practices. Digital practices refer to all social, political, scientific and economic practices that create, use, or modify digital technologies - which in, in turn, are understood as socio-material entities. Our focus on the governance of digital practices will enable us to both analyse how digital practices are shaped and regulated, and how people, places and populations are governed through digital practices.
The work of the Research Platform includes an analytic and a normative component: Rather than merely studying what factors give shape to digital practices, members of the platform will also work towards developing new solutions for governing digital practices. This is particularly important in cases where digital practices lead to inequalities, exclusion or discrimination. At the same time, good governance of digital practices has the potential to enhance equity and strengthen democracy.
The successful candidate will have a background in Law with a focus on IT-law, data protection law, health law and jurisprudence.
Computer literacy, experience in interdisciplinary project work and qualifications in social sciences or humanities will be an advantage.
• Participation in research, publication and communication activities of the research platform;
• Develop a research plan for a doctoral dissertation project within the first 6 months of employment (we expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 8-12 months);
• Keep up to date with literature relevant to the project;
• Collaborate with members of the research platform in the organisation of lectures (“Ringvorlesung”), workshops and events, as well as in activities geared at increasing visibility, networking, and societal impact;
• Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement;
• Present research outputs at academic and other meetings, participate in academic publications, etc.
• University Degree (Diploma or equivalent) in Law
• Professional competence in one of the following areas: data protection, data governance/politics, ethics
• Exceptional analytical capability
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly
• Excellent proficiency in English and German
• Ability to work in teams
Applications should include the following documents in English Language:
• Letter of motivation specifying your capacities in the above-mentioned areas of work
• Academic Curriculum vitae
• One academic writing sample (e.g., publication, term paper, chapter of master thesis)
• Short doctoral project proposal on the topic “Digital health care governance and privacy” (2-3 pages, references not included in page count)
• List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
Main research field
Special research fields
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 06.07.2020, mentioning reference number 10931.
For further information please contact Varabyeu Kancelová, Natália +43-1-4277-28801.
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.