Social Scientist with a focus on GIS, cartography and mixed methods (praedoctoral or postdoctoral)

At the University of Vienna, over 10,000 people work together on the big questions of the future. Approximately 7,500 of them are academic staff members. These are individuals who, with their curiosity and their continuous pursuit of excellence, engage in international cutting-edge research and teaching. With us, you will also find space to unfold your potential. We are looking for a/an 


Social Scientist with a focus on GIS, cartography and mixed methods (praedoctoral or postdoctoral) 

49 Faculty of Social Sciences  

Job vacancy starting: 04/01/2024  | Working hours:  20,00  | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) 

Limited contract until: 03/31/2025

Job ID: 2015

At the University of Vienna, around 7,500 academic staff members thrive on continuous exploration and curiosity and help us better understand our world.

Does this sound like you? Then join our accomplished team!

Your personal sphere of influence:

As a Social Scientist with a focus on GIS, cartography and mixed methods (praedoctoral or postdoctoral position) in the InfraNorth project you will join the research team around Professor Peter Schweitzer. The project funded by the European Research Council explores how residents of the Arctic engage with transport infrastructures and their intended and unintended local consequences.The focus of research is the role of transport infrastructures in sustaining northern communities.

Our approach combines ethnographic fieldwork with mapping, future scenario workshops and archival research. Quantitative population data and a survey about the role of transport infrastructures are used to upscale our research from local communities to regional and pan-Arctic levels. In doing so, InfraNorth contributes locally informed results to critical conversations about Arctic futures. 

Your future tasks:

You actively participate in the InfraNorth project. Your responsibilities will be:  

  • Coordinate the integration component of the project - together with the PI 
  • Conduct and publish research 
  • Assist ethnographers in pre- and post fieldwork tasks 
  • Contribute to the overall project
  • Participate in research meetings, workshops and conferences 

This is part of your personality:

  • Completed Master's degree or PhD in geography, spatial planning or related discipline
  • Interest and experience in 
    • GIS and digital cartography skills, including statistical analysis
    • Quantitative research: conception, execution and analysis of questionnaires 
  • Experience in working in multidisplinary teams 
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (C1) 
  • Web design skills (CMS) and good command of written and spoken German (B1) would be of advantage 

What we offer:

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours and can partially work remotely. 

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 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 3,578.80 €  (Prae Doc, full-time) or 4,752.30 € (Post Doc, full-time) 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 curriculum vitae and letter of intent (both in English)
  • Diplomas and academic transcripts
  • Writing sample
  • Name and contact information of a potential referee
  • Via our  job portal/ Apply now -  button


If you have any questions, please contact:

Peter Schweitzer


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: 03/04/2024