The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 179 fields of study, approx. 10.000 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.02.2022 of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Political Science

Reference number: 12391

The Department of Political Science, a subunit of the Faculty of Social Sciences, addresses all major fields of political science. It is dedicated to innovative and problem-oriented research and provides students with a wide range of specialisations. Members of the Department study the transformation of governance, statehood and democracy across different policy areas, geographical regions and political areas.

We announce two open positions (University Assistant prae doc) in the field of comparative politics/Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The employment is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-extension within 12 months.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 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:
Participation in research, teaching and administration in the field of comparative politics/Eastern and South-Eastern Europe (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dorothee Bohle):
- Participation in research projects and research funding applications
- Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations
- We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
- Participation in teaching and teaching courses independently according to the collective bargaining agreement
- Supervision of students
- Participation in the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposia
- Participation in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

- University degree (master’s degree or equivalent degree) in the field of political science or a similar discipline with a focus on political science
- Specialisation in an area of comparative politics (e.g. comparative democratisation, comparative authoritarianism, comparative political economy, comparative migration studies)
- Familiarity with comparative politics research on Eastern Europe and/or South Eastern Europe
- Good knowledge of qualitative methods. Competence in quantitative methods is an advantage
- Didactic competence
- Excellent command of English, and ideally German. Knowledge of an East/South-East European language is an advantage. Applicants who do not know German are encouraged to develop appropriate language skills.
- Ability to work in a team

Desirable qualifications are
- Teaching experience / experience with e-learning
- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- International experience
- Basic experience in academic research

Application documents:
- Letter of motivation
- Curriculum vitae
- List of publications
- Evidence of teaching experience (if applicable)
- Short doctoral project proposal (2-3 pages)
- Contact details of two referees
- Degree certificates

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Political Science
Comparative politics CAN

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 06.12.2021, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Kathan, Michaela +43-1-4277-49408, Rajic, Danijela +43-1-4277-49403.

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.

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