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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Geography and Regional Research
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 as soon as possible of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Geography and Regional Research
Reference number: 11556
Founded in 1885 the Department of Geography and Regional Research is the oldest and largest geography department in Austria. It is home to more than 80 researchers and non-academic staff in eight working groups, as well as more than 3,000 students. Since its foundation, it has continuously expanded into new fields for teaching and research within both human and physical geography. This interdisciplinary basis in social and natural sciences provides a dynamic and inspiring environment for researchers to address critical societal challenges of our generation.
The position is assigned to the newly established Working Group Urban Studies. The Group pursues research on the complexity and the interactions of social, ecological and technical processes in as well as their impacts on the urban system. The Group works on concepts and theories and empirically on city-specific challenges with the overall aim of contributing to the development of sustainable cities.
We offer a PhD position in an inspiring inter- and transdisciplinary research environment with the opportunity to become part of the Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy.
- Development and completion of a paper-based dissertation on an innovative topic in the context of challenges and impacts of Global Environmental Change and/or Digital Change and sustainable urban development, addressing social-ecological-technical interactions (focus on cities in Europe)
- Signing of a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective Agreement
- Supervision of students
- Participation in scientific studies, research projects, publications and other academic activities
- Participation in the preparation of research proposals and the acquisition of third-party funding
- Administrative responsibilities and science communication
- Involvement in the organisation of workshops, conferences, symposiums
- Conducting empirical fieldwork
- University Master / Diploma degree in Geography, Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development, Science and Technology, or a related field
- Interdisciplinary background in urban studies, with a focus on socio-ecological research or technology studies, smart cities, or related topics
- Good knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistics and GIS
- Experience in conducting empirical research (e.g. in the course of the Master thesis)
- Excellent command of written and spoken English, working knowledge of German is required or to be acquired, additional languages such as French or Spanish are an asset
Desirable qualifications are
- Experience with e-learning methods
- Research or study experiences abroad
Main research field
Special research fields
Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning
Sustainable urban development;Urban development planning;Applied geography;Urbanism
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 03.01.2021, mentioning reference number 11556.
For further information please contact Krellenberg, Kerstin +43-1-4277-48760.
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.