University assistant predoctoral (Department of Political Science)

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University assistant predoctoral (Department of Political Science) 

49 Faculty of Social Sciences  

Job vacancy starting: 09/01/2024  | Working hours:  30,00  | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) 

Limited contract until: 08/31/2028

Job ID: 2040

Your future position is at the Department of Political Science in the research area of Politics and Gender. The Department of Political Science researches and teaches in all core areas of political science, develops innovative and problem-oriented research foci, and offers a wide range of specialization options for students. The Department’s staff investigates the changing forms and functions of governance, the state, is unified by a critical approach to politics, and analyzes politics in diverse geographic regions and political spaces.

Your personal sphere of influence:

In the research area of Politics and Gender we are devoted to the qualitative empirical study of politics and gender, in combination with cutting-edge theories of gender and sexuality to study pressing questions of equality, the state, democracy and democratic backslide, populism, the far right, and imagining new futures. You will have the opportunity to work alongside award-winning academic staff at one of the most high-profile departments of critical political science in Europe. The department offers you outstanding research projects, interdisciplinary cooperation, collegial exchange, and exchange with students.


As an University Assistant predoctoral, you will pursue your own dissertation research, and help the Professor of Politics and Gender (Univ.-Prof Dr. Dorit Geva) establish a new research team, complementing the research and teaching foci in Politics and Gender.

Contract period: Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 4 years if the employer does not submit a declaration of non-extension within the first twelve months (model 2).

Your tasks:

Collaboration in research, teaching and administration in the field of Politics and Gender (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dorit Geva):

  • Participation in research projects and applications for research funding
  • Participation in publications / scientific articles / lecturing activities
  • Completion of a dissertation agreement within 12-18 months is expected
  • Participation in, and independent teaching of courses in accordance with the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement
  • Supervision of students
  • Participation in the organization of meetings, conferences, symposia
  • Participation in the administration of the institute, teaching and research
  • Participation in regular team meetings, to track research and writing targets, and administrative tasks and planning

This is part of your personality:

  • Completed research-based master's degree in political science or closely related fields of study, such as sociology.
  • Specialist skills in the field of Politics and Gender
  • Knowledge of social and political theories of gender and sexuality is a plus
  • Good knowledge of qualitative methods
  • Didactic skills
  • High level of written and oral communication skills
  • Very good written and spoken English skills.
  • IT user skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Highly organized, with a proven ability to set tasks and follow through with them

Desirable are:

  • Teaching experience / experience with e-learning
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures
  • Experience abroad
  • Interest in political ethnography
  • Research and methodological interests which match those of the Professor of Politics and Gender
  • Initial experience in scientific work
  • Strong German language speaks are a plus

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 gross basic salary for the advertised position is currently (2024) € 3,578.80 per month (full-time basis) and will be paid 14 times per year for the contract period of four years. The basic salary may increase if we can credit professional experience.

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


Documents to be submitted:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • List of publications (if available), proof of teaching experience (if available)
  • Short concept for a dissertation project (2-3 pages); including proposed research methods, and proven knowledge of some of the latest research in the proposed field
  • Degree certificates
  • BA and MA degree transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency at C1 level. Or, proof of completion of a previous degree program in English
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Short-listed candidates will be interviewed, and will be asked to submit further materials:

  • Two reference letters
  • A copy of MA thesis


If you have any questions, please contact:

Dorit Geva


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: 06/07/2024 

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