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University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Geography and Regional Research at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy of the University of Vienna

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 (post doc) at the Department of Geography and Regional Research

Reference number11555

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, which pursues research on the complexity and 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.

The Working Group Urban Studies seeks an outstanding scientist who will contribute to inter- and transdisciplinary urban research and teaching for the integrative analysis of human-environmental-technological interactions. Enthusiasm for the development of solution and action knowledge for sustainable cities by conducting inter- and transdisciplinary research in Europe and Latin America is required.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Job Description:
Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves
- Contributing to the interdisciplinary- and transdisciplinary research and teaching profile of the Working Group; development of an own profile within the field
- Acquisition and management of third-party research projects
- International publications and presentation activities
- Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
- Administrative responsibilities and science management, including the organization of workshops, conferences, symposiums, academic and non-academic

- PhD / Doctoral degree in the field of Geography, Environmental Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Technology, or a related field with a strong orientation on urban studies and sustainability
- Proven competence in interdisciplinary research
- Proven experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, with modelling as an asset
- Proven ability to publish in international journals
- Excellent command of written and spoken English, working knowledge of German is required or to be acquired, Spanish is a strong asset
- Willingness to contribute to teaching and research management

Desirable qualifications are
- Experience in teaching on university level, online teaching as an asset
- Experience in successful external fundraising and project management
- Research or study experiences abroad
- Affinity to Latin America

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fieldsImportance
Human Geography, Regional Geography, Regional Planning
Sustainable urban development;Urban development planning;Applied geography;Urbanism 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 17.12.2020, mentioning reference number 11555.

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 ( 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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