Tenure-Track Position for the field of Biological Oceanography University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences Austria

Open to new ideas. Since 1365. As a research university with high international visibility and a wide range of degree programmes, the University of Vienna is committed to basic research open to application and research-led teaching, as well as to career development of young researchers and to the dialogue with economy and society. That way, the University of Vienna contributes to the education of future generations and to the society’s ability to innovate.


The appointment of researchers with high potential to the announced positions is an important strategy of the University of Vienna. Become part of this vibrant and future-oriented organisation.


At the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna the position of a


Tenure-Track Position
for the field of
Biological Oceanography

(full-time position) is to be filled.


 The successful applicant is expected to establish an independent working group studying benthic and/or pelagic communities in relation to a changing ocean. She or he should have demonstrated proficiency in the use of molecular techniques and –omics approaches as well as in biogeochemistry and sea-going research. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong research profile supported by external funding and contribute to the faculty’s graduate and undergraduate teaching program in ecology with a focus on Marine Ecology, Biological Oceanography, Microbial Oceanography or Marine Biogeochemistry.


Main research field:           Ecosystem research / 1414


Special research field:       Marine Biology / 106021


Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree/PhD and at least two years post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution
  • Outstanding achievements and potential in research, excellent publication record, international reputation
  • Experience in designing and participating in research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to lead research groups
  • Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities or a teaching concept as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in all phases of their studies (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promoting young academic colleagues


The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees. In addition, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to be prepared to take over responsibility on the organisational level of the Faculty and the University, if necessary.


Job description:


The announced position is an academic tenure-track position. Within two years’ time, the University will offer a qualification agreement if the academic performance suggests that the required high qualification can be reached. With the conclusion of the qualification agreement, the employee will be allocated to the group of “Assistant Professors”. If the qualification is achieved according to the agreement, employment, which originally has a six-year duration, will be continued for an indefinite period as an “Associate Professor”.


Via a further competitive procedure as stipulated in the University’s Statutes, associate professors can be directly promoted to full professor.


If the qualification goals are not achieved, the employment will end upon expiry of the contract term.


We offer:

  • the opportunity for a long-time career track (initial classification according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff.: section 48, job group B1, lit. b)
  • in addition to the statutory social insurance, the University of Vienna offers a pension fund to its employees
  • a dynamic research location with well-established research funding provisions
  • attractive working conditions in a city with a high quality of life
  • a wide range of support services offered by central service institutions


The University of Vienna pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/en). 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.

Application documents:

  • Application letter, including a brief description of:
  • current research interests and research plans for the immediate future
  • current and planned foci in academic teaching and the supervision of young researchers
  • Academic curriculum vitae,


including information about “esteem factors” (e.g. experiences as a publisher, functions in research societies or programme committees)

  • List of publications, including:
  • specification of five key publications which the applicant considers particularly relevant to the advertised tenure-track position
    • provision of an Internet link for download or electronic submission of PDF versions of these five publications
    • information about citations and impact factors, depending on the common practice in the relevant research area
    • List of talks given,


including information about invited keynote lectures at international conferences

  • Third-party funds


list of acquired third-party funded projects, as well as a list of third-party funded projects which the candidate was a member of (subject, duration, origin, volume), and, if applicable, of inventions/patents

  • Overview of previous academic teaching and/or teaching concepts as well as supervised theses
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Copies of documents and certificates


Please send your application — preferably in English and in electronic form — to the Job Center of the University of Vienna (jobcenter@univie.ac.at).


Reference no.:  7562


The application deadline is  30.06.2017.

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