University Assistant Predoctoral, Philological and Cultural Studies

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 27 Sep 2023

45 Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies
Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: permanent
Reference no.: 1292  

Among the many good reasons to want to research and teach at the University of Vienna, there is one in particular, which has convinced around 7,500 academic staff members so far. They see themselves as personalities who need space for their continuous striving and curiosity in order to be able to be scientifically successful. Does that sound like something for you? Welcome to our team!

The Department of German at the University of Vienna is the largest academic center covering all fields relating to the 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, the areas of Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Literary Theory, and Literature for Children and Young Adults are well established. More than 6400 students are enrolled.

Your personal sphere of influence:

As a university assistant prae doc, you will join our broadly based research team in variationist linguistics around the Special Research Programme (SFB) "German in Austria. Variation - Contact - Perception". The focus of our research is on phenomena of language variation and language change in the context of Austria yesterday and today.

The team, in which you will be closely involved, currently consists of several prae docs and post docs as well as student assistants. What distinguishes us as a team is an intensive and lively exchange in joint research on the one hand, which goes hand in hand with a strengthening and expansion of individual research profiles on the other.

Your future tasks:

You actively participate in research, teaching & administration, which means:

  • You will contribute to our various research activities and scientific studies on language variation in Austria. This includes contributing to language data collection and analysis as well as publications of research results and other dissemination activities (talks, media contributions, conferences, etc.).
  • We expect you to complete your dissertation agreement within 12-18 months.
  • You will work on your dissertation (with a focus on corpus linguistics in the area of language variation in Austria).
  • You will independently teach courses in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement.
  • You will take over administrative tasks in research & teaching.

This is part of your personality:

  • Completed degree (Diplom, MA, teacher training) in German philology (with a focus on German linguistics)
  • Research focus (evidenced by theses, previous publications, project experience, (planned) dissertation project) in the field of corpus linguistics with a focus on language variation
  • Experience with the collection, processing, and analysis of language data, experience in the application of methods from the field of corpus linguistics, especially with regard to data processing, corpus creation and maintenance, metadata enrichment, corpus analyses
  • Experience in scientific writing and research methods in variationist linguistics/corpus linguistics
  • Didactic skills / experience in e-learning
  • Very good English skills
  • You are a team player with high social/communicative competence.

What we offer:

The employment duration is 4 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 4 years if the employer does not  terminate it within the first 12 months by submitting a non-extension declaration.

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible, family-friendly working hours, remote/hybrid and/or part-time work (upon agreement).

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 3277,30 (on a full-time basis) increases if we can credit professional experience.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae and a letter of intent
  • With a summary of your research interests and your dissertation concept (max. 4 pages)
  • Notification of completed master's/diploma studies, diploma certificates
  • If available: List of publications (if available), proof of teaching experience
  • Via our job portal/ Apply now - button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Alexandra Lenz

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: 09/27/2023 

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