University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of German Studies

Vienna, Austria
Dec 04, 2017
Jan 02, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
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 from 01.02.2018 of a

University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of German Studies
to 20.06.2022.

Reference number: 8116
In Austria, the Department of German at the University of Vienna is the largest academic center covering all fields of German language and German-language literatures. The core areas are Modern German Literature, Medieval German Language and Literature, Germanic Linguistics, German as a Foreign and Second Language and German Teaching Methodology. In addition to that the areas Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory and Literature for Children and Young Adults are established. More than 5500 students are enrolled.
The position is vacant for the period of absence of a member of staff.

Extent of Employment: 20.0 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:
Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves
- Developing and strengthening the independent research profile
- Involvement in research projects / research studies
- International publications and presentations
- Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding
- Preparing / writing a (publication-ready) habilitation thesis
- Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
- Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

- Doctoral degree/PhD in German studies with a focus on Modern German Literature
- Professional competence in the field of Literature for Children and Young Adults
- Experience in teaching at University in the field of Literature for Children and Young Adults
- High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- IT user skills
- Ability to work in a team
In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have
- Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
- Experience of working on research projects
- Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards)
- International presentation experience
Desirable qualifications are
- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- Experience abroad
- Experience of supervising students
Application documents
- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)
- Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable)
- Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Linguistics and Literature
German studies MUST

Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Humanities Linguistics and Literature MUST


Language level Importance
Good knowledge MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( ) no later than 07.01.2018, mentioning reference number 8116.

For further information please contact Innerhofer, Roland +43-1-4277-42159.

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: 8116
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