University of Vienna: University Assistant (prae doc)

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University of Vienna: University Assistant (prae doc)


The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.700 members of staff, more than 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.10.2017 of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Geography and Regional Research
to 30.09.2021.

Reference number: 7614

The Department of Geography and Regional Research is part of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy. The department offers scientific
degrees in two bachelor programs, five master programs, and a PhD program. For details on the Department, see

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Within the term of contract, a dissertation is expected to be written in the thematic spectrum of spatial research and spatial planning. We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.

The tasks within the Department are the active cooperation in teaching (participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement / mediation of methods, overview and special knowledge in the field of spatial research and spatial planning, participation in the organization) and research (cooperation in the acquisition and processing of research projects; publications on the international scientific community).


  • Successfully completed studies of geography with a focus on human geography / spatial research / spatial planning (diploma or master’s degree or comparable qualification)
  • Outstanding achievements in studies
  • Organizational skills, team skills and competence in didactics, moderation and presentation techniques
  • Experience in cooperation in (international) projects
  • Expertise in questions of Austrian and international spatial planning
  • Experienced in quantitative and qualitative methods of empirical social research
  • Competent handling with geo-information software, statistics software, and MS office
  • Ability and interest to integrate the own research questions into the superordinate questions of applied spatial research and to put them in an international context
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English

Application documents

  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Short doctoral project proposal
  • Degree certificatess

Research fields:
Main research field; Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning

Spatial research; Spatial structure;Applied geography

Importance; MUST
Educational institution; University

Educational level; Geography

Special subject; applied geography

Importance; MUST
German Excellent knowledge
English Excellent knowledge

Importance: MUST
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 30.06.2017, mentioning reference number 7614.

For further information please contact Blotevogel, Hans-Heinrich +43-1-4277-48780.

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: 7614


Stellenausschreibung (PDF)