The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, 9.800 staff member and 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position of 


4 University Assistants ("prae doc")
at the Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies


The Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies (SHCS; comprises seven research clusters (Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval Studies; East European and Eurasian Studies; Archeology and Material Culture; Art History and Visual Culture; Social and Economic Spaces; State, Politics, and Governance in Historical Perspective; Women’s and Gender History). They transcend periods, disciplines, and regions and offer their fellows the exceptional opportunity to study in a truly cross-disciplinary setting.

The SHCS invites application from graduates of all historical-cultural subjects with an outstanding master degree who seek to work on their doctoral project within the vital and international atmosphere of the University of Vienna. Doctoral candidates are expected to conclude a doctoral thesis agreement in 12 months. They teach undergraduates and contribute to the SHCS’ activities. The SHCS offers its fellows a structured doctoral program and excellent supervision. Moreover, it promotes international mobility, networking and individual career planning through scholarships and workshops.

Duration of employment: 3 years

Weekly work time: 30 hours

Salary: Job grading in accordance with bargaining agreement § 48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade. 

Job description:

  • carrying out research towards a doctoral degree
  • publishing results in international media
  • present findings at international conferences and seminars
  • teaching undergraduate students
  • active involvement in the SHCS’ activities 

Your profile:

  • outstanding master degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • strong written and verbal skills
  • excellent command of spoken and written English
  • social competence and integrative skills 

Application documents:

  • letter of motivation, including a statement on the research cluster of choice
  • academic curriculum vitae and a list of publication and given talks
  • exposé of the dissertation project (max. 13.000 signs)
  • scans of university diplomas 

Two reference letters by academic referees should be submitted directly to the SHCS ( by January 31, 2021.

Your application:

Applications (German or English) should be submitted to the job center of the University of Vienna ( by January 31, 2021. Potential candidates will be interviewed in June 2021.

For further information please contact Steer, Martina +43 1 4277-40008.

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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