University assistant predoctoral

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 


University assistant predoctoral 

40 Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies  

Job vacancy starting: 10/01/2024  | Working hours:  30,00  | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) 

Limited contract until: 

Job ID: 1996

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 More than 7,500 academics at the University of Vienna 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:

The Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies founded in 2020, provides a cutting-edge scientific training for doctoral candidates in nine fields of historical and cultural studies (ancient history, art history, Byzantine and modern Greek studies, classical archaeology, Egyptology, European ethnology, history, Jewish studies, prehistoric and historical archaeology). It aims at attracting talented, highly motivated, and curious students from all over the world and guides them towards original research at the forefront of cutting-edge historical and cultural studies in a vibrant and dynamic community in the heart of Europe.

The DSHCS offers three 3-year positions of University Assistants (predoc). Successful candidates will work in one of the 16 Departments of the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies and will join one of the DSHCS' seven research clusters (Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval Studies; East European and Eurasian Studies; Archaeology 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 an exceptional opportunity to study in a truly cross-disciplinary setting.

Your future tasks:

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


  • You conduct research and write your dissertation.
  • You teach classes independently on Bachelor’s and Master’s level according to the collective bargaining agreement.  
  • You participate in your department's and the DSHCS' activities and workshops.
  • You present your research results at conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

This is part of your personality:

  • Above-average MA or equivalent in a field of study relevant for the respective positions
  • High level of motivation and commitment to successfully complete your doctoral studies within the anticipated time frame
  • Collaborative, team-minded and pro-active attitude
  • international experience
  • High level of written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English

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 EUR 3578,80 (on a full-time basis) increases if we can credit professional experience.

Model 3: The employment duration is 3 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 3 years if the employer does not terminate it within the first 12 months by submitting a non-extension declaration.

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


It is that easy to apply:

  • letter of motivation, including a statement on the preferred affiliation to one of the seven research clusters of the DSHCS
  • exposé of your dissertation project (max. 13.000 signs)
  • curriculum vitae and if applicable a list of publications and given talks 
  • scans of university diplomas 
  • proof of relevant language proficiency (German and/or English at least C1; project-related languages) 


You can apply in German or in English. Please send your documents as ONE PDF Document. 

Potential candidates will be interviewed mid-May 2024. The final decision will be made at the end of May 2024 and candidates will be notified soon after.


If you have any questions, please contact:

Martina Steer


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: 02/29/2024 

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