University of Vienna: Project Staff

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University of Vienna: Project Staff


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 01.10.2019 of a

Project Staff
at the Research Platform Mobile Cultures and Societies – Interdisciplinary Studies on Transnational Formations
to 30.09.2023.

Reference number: 9626

As part of the FWF-funded doc.funds doctoral program in “Cultural Mobility Studies”, seven PhD positions, one each in the disciplines of African Studies, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Geography, Modern German Studies/Comparative Literature, and Political Science are advertised. Further information regarding research topics in each discipline can be found on the research platform’s website:

The research platform “Mobile Cultures and Societies: Interdisciplinary Studies on Transnational Formations” examines phenomena, conditions, and effects of cultural, historical, and social mobility. The research platform combines different disciplinary approaches, theories, and methods to develop new categories with regard to contents, structures, and approaches in the field of mobility studies.

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:

  • Developing and writing an independent PhD thesis in the field of mobility studies from a literary, cultural, historical, political, or social science studies perspective
  • Participation in the thematic formation, establishment, and international networking of an interdisciplinary research platform
  • Organization of conferences, meetings, symposiums
  • Participation in platform organization
  • Contributions to publications


  • MA degree or completed graduate studies in literary, cultural, historical, political, development, or social science studies or geography
  • Dissertation project in the field of mobility studies
  • Interest in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary cooperation and research
  • High written and oral competences in English preferable
  • Written and oral competences in German preferable, otherwise: willingness to learn German
  • International experience or study abroad experiences preferable
  • Willingness to work in a team
  • Computer literacy

Required documents for the application (in German or English):

  • Letter of intent/motivation (1-2 pages) with explicit mention for which position/discipline the candidate is applying
  • Scientific CV / List of publications
  • Dissertation project proposal (5-10 pages), including research timeline and research bibliography

Graduation certificates and a chapter of your accomplished thesis

Research fields:

Main research field Special research fields Importance
Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning Population geography MUST


Language Language level Importance
German Excellent knowledge SHOULD
English Excellent knowledge SHOULD


Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 26.05.2019, mentioning reference number 9626.

For further information please contact

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.

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Reference number: 9626
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Supervisor: Patrick Sakdapolrak

“Migration as adaptation” and agricultural change. Insights from mobility and translocality perspectives 

Geography has traditionally dealt with the relationship between mobility and fixity in methodological and theoretical terms (Cresswell & Merriman 2009). While the “new mobilities paradigm” helped transcend a “sedentary bias” (Bakewell 2008), human geography has been cautious about ideas of hyper-mobility, analyzing conditions under which (im)mobilities are produced (Adey 2006). The tension between mobility and fixity informs the concept of translocality – described by Brickell and Datta (2011: 3) as „situatedness during mobility“. Both concepts – mobility (Cresswell 2010) and translocality (Greiner/Sakdapolrak 2013a-b) – have informed past research on the migration-environment nexus, and have facilitated a better comprehension of the dynamics involved (see e.g. two recent research projects: „Building Resilience through Translocality“; „Translocal Relations & Reorganization of Socio-ecological Systems“). Research results indicate that migration in the context of environmental and climate change including migration as adaptation needs to be analysed and understood as intertwined with the broader processes of agricultural and rural change. The PhD project should adopt a mobility / translocality perspective and analyse “migration as adaptation” in the context of agricultural and rural change processes. Besides the embeddedness in the doc.funds doctoral programme „Cultural Mobility Studies“, the PhD project will be closely linked to the ongoing Horizon 2020 project “Leaving something behind – Migration governance and agricultural & rural change in ‘home’ communities: comparative experience from Europe, Asia and Africa” (start February 2019). The project should be based on empirical research in one of the following countries: Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Philippines or Thailand.

In addition to the points mentioned in the job advertisement, the applicants for the PhD project in Geography should have:

  • Good knowledge of social science research methods;
  • Experience in conducting empirical research (e.g. in the course of the Master thesis);
  • Familiarity with and networks in the case study country is an advantage;

The project proposal for Geography should be a maximum of 1500 words

Future information:
Working Group Population, Environment, Development


Job advertisement (PDF)