Universität Wien

University Assistant (post doc)

Universität Wien
Department of Political Science

WorkplaceWien, Wien, Austria


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 01.09.2020 of a

Department of Political Science

Reference number : 10204

The Department of Political Science provides research and teaching in the full range of core areas of political science, develops innovative and problem-oriented research focuses and offers a broad diversity of options for its students to seek specialisation. Its staff is currently involved in examining the transformation of governance, state and democracy in different policy areas, geographical regions and political spaces.

The Centre for European Integration Research (EIF) is a research group within the Department of Political Science that is dedicated to research and teaching in the field of European integration. It has specialized in problem-oriented basic research regarding different EU policy areas and their comparison. In the future, we shall deepen our focus on the EU’s role in the so-called digital revolution.

Three Post-Doc-Positions are to be filled with this announcement.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement : §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Active participation in research, teaching and administration in the field of EU research (Prof. Dr. Gerda Falkner, EIF). This includes mainly:
  • establishing or expanding your profile as an independent researcher
  • being active internationally in publishing and holding lectures
  • founding long-term structures for research and acquisition of external funds
  • purveying teaching autonomously within the boundaries of the collective bargaining standards and supervising students
  • composing a thematically relevant postdoctoral thesis to qualify for a professorship (Habilitation) or an equivalent of high-ranking publications
  • participating in research projects and hosting international conferences
  • taking part in measures of evaluation and assuring best practices
  • involvement in administrating research, teaching and institutional matters

  • specialization in the EU and digitalization with publications (or draft manuscripts), including but not limited to topics of individual (intended) EU policies and their comparison; the EU as a relevant actor on the global stage; the delicate balance between surveillance and democracy; e-governance; cyber security or cyber defense; competing models of digital policy by the EU, the US and China; the implementation of relevant EU policies in the member states.
    The intention is to form a team encompassing three different but complementary profiles to offer ideal circumstances for cooperation (e. g. with three focuses on the national level(s), the EU level, or the global one; with the EU in mind throughout).
  • PhD graduate in political science (or a neighbouring and related discipline) (graduation at the latest in summer 2020)
  • proven skills regarding publishing in highly renowned, pertinent journals and publishing houses
  • affinity and high level of knowledge concerning European integration
  • proficiency in English and, at least, substantial competence in spoken and written German
  • well versed in qualitiative (and, optionally, quantitative) empirical methods of the social sciences
  • excellent at expressing yourself orally and in writing
  • experienced in prolific didactics
  • able to work harmoniously in a team
  • capable software user (MS Office)

    Further assets:
  • experience in acquiring external funding or participation in research projects respectively
  • having already given lectures in international settings
  • previous teaching in political science
  • capable to hold classes in English and, after at the latest three years, in German
  • knowledge in curricular matters and supervision of students (possibly even concerning master or doctoral theses)
  • insight into university processes and structures
  • international experiences

    To be enclosed in your application:
  • letter of motivation (in German or English)
  • academic CV (including your list of publications, previous teaching assignments and lectures, and an outline of your experience with applying for (and potentially handling) externally funded projects)
  • description of where your emphasis in research has been placed so far and what you wish to deal with in the future (five pages in English)
  • contact details for potential references
  • certificates and diploma (copies, originals needed in case of interview)

    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.?url=univie.ac.at&module=jobs&id=23426" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">univie.ac.at ) no later than 31.01.2020, mentioning reference number 10204.

    For further information please contact Sowa, Florian +43-1-4277-49456.

    The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( http://diversity.?url=univie.ac.at%2F&module=jobs&id=23426" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">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.

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