University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Philosophy

Vienna, Austria
Nov 09, 2017
Nov 30, 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 174 fields of study, approx. 9.500 members of staff, more than 94.000 students) seeks to fill the position of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Philosophy

Reference number: 7721

The advertised position is situated in the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy and Education. The Department is large (by international comparison) and its members have a considerable variety of areas of competence. This motivates both the duty to offer a teaching programme that spans the full breadth of the discipline, and the intention to satisfy high standards of research performance. The Department attaches great value to the core areas of philosophy, but it also has the aim to contribute, on their basis, to the clarification and solution of current problems. The intention to acknowledge new philosophical developments and tasks is reflected in the number of co-operations and research fields of the department.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

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.

Job Description:
The advertised position is situated at the Department of Philosophy / Methods of Teaching Philosophy and Ethics. The successful candidate will play an active role in research and administration of the department in connection with the key research area of 'Philosophy and the Public'. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Konrad Paul Liessmann's work focuses on aesthetics and cultural philosophy, theories of education and philosophy of education, didactics of philosophy and ethics, examination of the intersection between philosophy and the public; the question of the extent to which philosophical research is of general public interest; the significance and role of philosophy and ethics for political, cultural and social discourse in the context of enlightenment. The working area of this prae-doc position is threefold: Enhancement of the research area 'Philosophy and the Public', Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement and completing a thesis in the field of the key research area. We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.

To be successful, applicants must fulfil the following conditions: - an undergraduate degree in philosophy (diploma or masters degree, or a comparable degree) - excellent study graduation - sound knowledge of Philosophy of Culture or Theory of Education - interest in questions of further development of the psychology / philosophy - excellent command of written and spoken English - ability to work as a member of a team - the willingness to acquire, within three years from the point of appointment, a command of the German language that is sufficient to teach at the Bachelor- and Master-level and to participate in university committees.

Desired Qualifications: - Experience as tutor and/or student assistant. - Experience as teacher in secondary schools - Experience with teacher-training placements - Experience with organization of academic conferences and workshops. - Computer and copy editing skills. Your application should consist of the following documents: - Letter of intent - Academic CV (including certified copies of academic degrees) - One copy of your undergraduate dissertation (Bachelor or Master) - Outline of your dissertation project (max. 3 pages including tentative bibliography) - List of publications/talks (insofar as you have already begun to publish) - Two letters of recommendation

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Philosophy, Ethics
Cultural philosophy 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 29.11.2017, mentioning reference number 7721.

For further information please contact Wachter, Gertrud +43-1-4277-46401.

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: 7721

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