JOB: University Assistant (post doc), Wien (29.12.2019)

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University of Vienna, German Studies

University Assistant (post doc)


Institution Type:  College / University
Location:  Austria
Position:  Assistant Professor


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 01.03.2020 of a University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of German Studies to 28.02.2026.

Reference number: 10260

In Austria, the Department of German at the University of Vienna is the largest academic center covering all fields of German language and German-language literatures. The core areas are Modern German Literature, Medieval German Language and Literature, Germanic Linguistics, German as a Foreign and Second Language and German Teaching Methodology. In addition to that the areas Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary and
Media Theory and Literature for Children and Young Adults are established. More than 6400 students are enrolled.

The advertised position is assigned to the Professorship for Modern German Literature with special emphasis on literary and media theory. In addition to an excellent doctorate in the field of literary studies, a habilitation project is expected that has significant overlaps with one of the following two subject areas: the history of administration and literature; the history of emotions and aesthetics.

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. This involves
- Developing and strengthening the independent research profile
- Involvement in research projects / research studies
- International publications and presentations
- Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding
- Preparing / writing a habilitation thesis
- Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
- Participation in Evaluation measures and quality assurances
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration
- Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

• Doctoral degree/PhD degree
• Professional competence: / Modern German Literature or Comparative Literature/European Literatures
• Methodological competence: Literary theory; media theory; history of knowledge
• Didactic competence
• High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
• Excellent command of written and spoken English
• IT user skills
• Ability to work in a team

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have
- Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
- Experience of working on research projects
- Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards)
- International presentation experience

Desirable qualifications are
- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- Experience abroad
- Experience of supervising students

Application documents
- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)
- Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable)
- Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference


Main research field: Linguistics and Literature 

Special research fields: German studies

Educational institution: University

Educational level: Humanities

Special subject: Linguistics and Literature

Language Skills in English: Very good knowledge

Language Skills in German: Native Speaker Level



Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the
University of Vienna ( no later than 29.12.2019, mentioning reference
number 10260.

For further information please contact Wolf, Burkhardt Johannes +43-1-4277-42166.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as
diversity ( 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.
Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 10260
Privacy Policy of the University of Vienna

Primary Category:German History / Studies
Secondary Categories:None
Posting Date:12/11/2019
Closing Date12/29/2019
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