University Assistant Predoctoral, Philological and Cultural Studies

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 30 Oct 2023

45 Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies
Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: permanent
Reference no.: 1331

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 und 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 have the opportunity to work at one of the largest departments of German Philology worldwide consisting of an inspiring group of people dedicated to a manifold range of research and academic teaching.

Your future tasks:

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

  • Participation in research projects on Austrian literature, reading and reception studies and psychonarratology
  • Interest in transdisciplinary research
  • Participation in publications, academic articles, presentations
  • The successful candidate is expected to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months
  • PhD project within the fields of Austrian literature or Austrian literary history or reading research or digitalization of literature/literary culture
  • Work on the dissertation and its completion
  • Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
  • Supervision of students
  • Involvement in the organization of meetings, conferences, symposiums
  • Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

This is part of your personality:

  • Above-average degree in German Philology (Magister or MA or UF German, preferably in NDL)
  • Diploma/master´s thesis in "Neuere deutsche Literatur"
  • Profound knowledge of Austrian literature and Austrian literary history
  • High ability to express oneself in speaking and writing
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • IT user skills
  • Teamwork skills

Also desirable

  • Presentations and talks at conferences and workshops
  • Articles in academic journals or contributions to books
  • Experience in planning, organizing and conducting conferences and workshops
  • Experience in literary business
  • Teaching experience
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures

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:

  • Letter of motivation including a proposal (at least 5 pages) for a PhD project
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications
  • Evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Degree certificates, academic records
  • PDF of an exemplary research article (publication or typescript) or a chapter from the diploma/master´s thesis
  • Via our  job portal/ Apply now -  button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Günther Stocker

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: 10/30/2023 

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