The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 184 fields of study, approx. 10.400 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a
University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (ViDSS)
Reference number: 13965
The Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (https://vds-sosci.univie.ac.at/) promotes innovative, excellent, problem-oriented research that aspires to contribute to societal debates and address key global challenges. The cohorts trained and supported by the ViDSS are part of the vibrant research environment at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna. The ViDSS aims for the highest standards in doctoral training and close supervision to ensure a mastery of social scientific debates and relevant theories and methods.
The ViDSS offers 4 exciting doctoral positions:
Positions #1: The announcement is made for 3 years. The employment contract is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of 3 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.
Position #2: The announcement is made for 4 years. The employment contract is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.
We expect the successful candidates to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 9–18 months and to participate in research, administration and teaching according to the collective bargaining agreement.
Please visit our web page
in order to apply and receive detailed information on the opened positions. Applications have to be submitted via the recruiting platform Apply@ViDSS:
Extent of Employment: 30.0 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.
#1: Three fellows of the sowi:docs Fellowship Programme
sowi:docs fellowships are individual scholarships which give outstanding doctoral candidates the opportunity to devote full-time effort to their research and to writing their doctoral thesis. We welcome applications in the fields of communication, demography, development studies, nursing science, political science, science and technology studies, social and cultural anthropology, and sociology.
Requirements: Applicants need to secure the support of at least one supervisor who is a member of the ViDSS. If the applicant is already a doctoral candidate at the University of Vienna, they must have been admitted no earlier than in the summer semester of 2022.
Starting date: between 1 January 2024 and 1 April 2024
#2: Supervisor: Ulrike Zartler (1 position), Family Sociology, Department of Sociology
Your tasks: Independent research in the above-mentioned context for a doctoral thesis project; Collaboration in research projects; Cooperation in publications, academic articles, and presentations; Participation in the organisation of meetings, conferences and symposia; Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement; Participation in the department’s administration
Your profile: Completed Master’s degree or Diploma in Sociology (or a closely related subject); Professional competence in family sociology; Knowledge in childhood or youth sociology is of advantage; In-depth knowledge of qualitative research methods; Ability to successfully plan, conduct, and write up research; Didactic competences and motivation to contribute to innovative teaching; Excellent organisational skills, high reliability, and the ability to work independently; Excellent English language skills (written and oral). Proficiency in German is a strong advantage.
Starting date: 1 June 2023
We expect from all applicants to have
• Above-average MA or equivalent in a field of study relevant for the open position
• Deep interest in and enthusiasm for scientific work
• High level of motivation and commitment to successfully complete his/her doctoral studies within the anticipated time frame
• Collaborative, team-minded and pro-active attitude
• High level of written and oral communication skills
• Excellent English language skills (written and oral)
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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: 13965