University Assistant Predoctoral, Law

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 21 Oct 2023

34 Faculty of Law
15.11.2023 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: permanent
Reference no.: 1268

At the chair of Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Zerbes, Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, there is a vacancy for a research assistant. If you are interested in criminal law, academic work, independent teaching and studying for a dissertation, we look forward to receiving your application.

The chair of Prof. Zerbes is an independent organizational unit of the Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology and focuses its research on criminal law, criminal procedural law, the basic principles and rights of criminal law, in selected areas of commercial criminal law, in European and international criminal law and in comparative criminal law. As a staff member, you will be involved in shaping the chair and, after training, you will work independently in all areas of criminal law and criminal procedural law.

Your personal sphere of influence:

Your task as an university assistant (prae doc) is collaboration in research and teaching. This includes, additional to writing you dissertation, especially

  • the support of students
  • the participation in correcting exams
  • organizational matters (also concerning seminars and other lectures)
  • research relating to various research projects
  • independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement

We expect the sucessful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.

The contract period upon employment is 4 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 4 years if the employer does not submit a non-extension declaration within the first 12 months.


  • Completed diploma in law
  • Excellent knowledge of Austrian (criminal) law
  • Working independently and responsible for results
  • Excellent knowledge of German
  • Very good knowledge of spoken and written English
  • Extensive computer skills in any case in MS Office

Also desirable are:

  • In-depth study of criminal law and criminology as part of the elective course or in the course of the diploma thesis
  • Relevant dissertation project
  • Good knowledge of another foreign language, which enables legal work in this language
  • Experience in legal practice through legal traineeship, legal internship
  • Collaboration in a public authority or law firm or comparable activities

Working conditions:

  • Inspiring working atmosphere
  • Good public transport connections: Your new workplace is easily accessible by public transport.
  • Internal training and coaching: We offer you the opportunity to expand and deepen your skills on an ongoing basis.
  • Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 3,277.30 (full-time basis) increases if we can count professional experience.

Documents to be submitted (please in German):

  • Motivation letter
  • Scientific CV
  • List of publications (if available)
  • Proof of teaching experience (if any)
  • Short concept for a dissertation project
  • diplomas

Please apply easily via our job portal! You are also welcome to apply for position ID 1212!

If you have any questions, please contact:

Kathrin Kirschner, BA

We look forward to new personalities in our team!
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women  and diversity . We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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​​Application deadline: 09/13/2023 

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