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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology
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 01.12.2020 of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology
Reference number: 11444
The Faculty of Psychology consists of the Dean’s office and the studies service center, as well as • Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods , • Department of Occupational, Economic and Social Psychology, • the Department of Applied Psychology: Work, Education and Economy, • Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology • the Outpatient Unit for Research, Teaching and Practice. Currently, nearly 3,500 students of Psychology are enrolled in Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programmes, attending nearly 200 courses per semester, which are taught and supervised by 220 teachers.
To strengthen our team in the Urban and Environmental Psychology Group (Part of the Department of Cognition, Emotion and Methods in Psychology and the Cognitive Science Hub) ), we are looking for a well-versed pre-doc with excellent methodological skills, preferably in one of the following research areas: environmental psychology, health geography, epidemiology.. Participation in research, teaching, dissemination and administration beyond the PhD studies will be expected as defined by the Collective Agreement. We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 6 months. The position is limited to 4 years.
Participation in research, teaching, and administration - Participation in research projects / research studies - Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations - We expect the successful candidate to sign a PhD agreement within 6 months - Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses, as defined by the collective agreement.
Prae-doc positions in Austria. In Austria, PhD candidates are expected to combine their PhD studies with being an active member of an academic team, taking part in research, teaching, dissemination activities (e.g. talks and media work) and administration. They are contracted for 30 hours a week and have 4 years to complete their PhD. The University of Vienna has a ‘collective agreement’ that sets out the roles, responsibilities and rights of all prae-docs to ensure they are able to successfully blend their PhD studies with these other tasks. A major advantage of this approach is that it provides a wide range of academic experiences and roles, and enhances employability prospects at the end of the PhD. In order to provide time to settle in, the PhD agreement only needs to be finalised 6 months into the post, allowing the applicants and supervisors time to work out the precise details of the research to be developed. The supervisors for this post have worked in Germany and the UK and so are highly familiar with different systems and will be able to support applicants with or without previous experience of the Austrian system.Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
The current position and PhD will focus on analyzing data from a recent, nationally representative dataset looking at health, wellbeing and natural environments across 19 countries including Austria. The researcher is expected to define their own theoretically based research questions, which might include: a) Which demographic groups visit which types of green spaces (e.g. parks, woods) and blue spaces (e.g. rivers and lakes), how often, for how long, with whom etc.?; b) How is neighbourhood exposure and nature visit frequency related to health and wellbeing?; c) Is better access related to reduced health and wellbeing inequalities?; d) Are more aesthetically pleasing environments associated with more positive wellbeing outcomes?; e) How do results compare between countries?; and f) How is connection to the natural world related to pro-environmental attitudes and behaviours such as recycling, energy efficiency and biodiversity protection? The post would suit an applicant with excellent quantitative skills, preferably with experience of working with secondary datasets. Although a psychological background would be an advantage, interested applicants from related fields such as health geography or epidemiology are also encouraged to apply. Advanced knowledge of statistical packages such as SPSS or R are essential (e.g., multi-level regression, structural equation models), skills in GIS are desirable. Broad interest and understanding of issues such as nature and health and pro-environmental behavior is desirable. The applicant will be supported to publish as much of their work during the 4 years as possible to facilitate timely completion of the PhD and enhance their subsequent career prospects. Training options in line with a career development plan are also provided. Relevant references:
Alcock, I., White, M.P., Pahl, S., Duarte-Davidson, R., & Fleming, L.E. (2020). Associations between pro-environmental behaviour and neighbourhood nature, nature visits and nature appreciation: Evidence from a nationally representative survey in England. Environment International, 136, 105441
Martin, L., White, M.P., Hunt, A., Richardson, M., Pahl, S., & Burt, J. (2020). Nature contact, nature connectedness and associations with health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours: Results from a nationally representative survey in England. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 68, 101389
Wyles, K., White, M.P., Hattam, C., Pahl, S. & Austin, M. (2019). Nature connectedness and well-being from recent nature visits: The role of environment type and quality. Environment & Behaviour, 51, 111-143
Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively in a team with good social and communication skills. Reliability, flexibility, and willingness to continuously develop their skills base, including the skills necessary to apply for research grants. Teaching experience desirable. Please include the following documentation in the application: copies of degree certificates, an academic curriculum vitae (including publication list if appropriate), a letter of motivation (1 page), an outline of a potential PhD project linking to the data set (see above), which draws on the broader literature on nature and human health (1 page).
Main research field
Special research fields
Applied psychology;Social psychology
Very good knowledge
Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills
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 11.11.2020, mentioning reference number 11444.
For further information please contact Edl, Martina +43-1-4277-47102, Pahl, Sabine +43-1-4277-47150, Böck, Christian +43-1-4277-47001, Krämer, Janine +43-1-4277-47002.
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.