Senior Lecturer in Science Education
University of Vienna Center for Science Education Research

 The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

Senior Lecturer
at the Center for Science Education Research (AECCs)

Reference number: 11423

At the Centre for Teacher Education of Vienna University the Austrian Educational Competence Center for Biology Education (AECC Biology) conducts scientific research in the field of teaching and learning of Biology and seeks to fill the position of a Senior Lecturer for Biology Education for the School Subject “Biology and Environmental Education” with either 100% (full-time) or 50% (part-time) of the regular working time (48 VwGr. B1 lit. B, Post-Doc, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, 14 monthly wages) as soon as possible. We pursue innovative, research-, teaching- and developmental projects with practical relevance in a national and international context and contribute to the advancement of Biology education in schools and other learning institutions. Current research foci of our team are the development of students’ scientific inquiry skills, Education for Sustainable Development/Environmental education, professional development of (future) Biology teachers and the effectiveness of informal learning environments.

In case of a positive evaluation at the end of the term of employment, the employment contract may be extended for an indefinite period of time.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week, which include a teaching assignment of 14 hours scientific classes on average per semester
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: 48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:

As a senior lecturer you will be involved in teaching in the academic discipline of Biology Education (14 SWS/semester within a full position) in the Biology Education modules of the study program "Biologie und Umweltkunde" in the Bachelor and Master of Education program for the both “Sekundarstufen” (teaching degree for all Austrian school types grade 5-13). Within these tasks the successful candidate will be substantially involved in the maintenance and development of the newly established "Teaching and Learning Lab AECC Biology" at the University of Vienna ("Lehr-Lern-Labor AECC Biologie"), that uniquely triangulates teacher education, citizen science and research in the field of Science Education.

Furthermore, we expect the successful candidate to participate in research in the field of Biology education and to contribute to scientific publications as well as publications on innovative Biology lessons. Also, we expect the involvement in events for the professional development of teachers. In addition, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to fulfil administrative tasks, in particular concerning the administration of teaching.


Prerequisites for a successful application / admission requirements:

a. Completed PhD/Doctorate in the subject of Biology Education or in Biology
b. Several years of teaching experience in post-secondary educational institutions
c. Proven qualification in Biology Education
d. Teacher Training (Master of Education, Diplom or Staatsexamen) for the school subject “Biology and Environmental Education” is of advantage
e. Ability and preference of working in a team
f. Communication and organisational skills

Desirable qualifications are:

a. Readiness to qualify for conducting empirical education research in the field of Biology Education, if not already qualified for
b. Readiness to network with middle- and highschool headmasters and teachers within your work at the "Teaching and Learning Lab AECC Biology"
c. you should enjoy working with highschool and university students as well as teachers

Application documents should include:

a. Letter of Motivation (max. 2 pages)
b. CV and degree certificates/transcripts
c. Teaching concept for the study program "Biologie und Umweltkunde" in the Bachelor and Master of Education program for the “Sekundarstufen” (teaching degree for all Austrian school types from grade 5-13) (max 2 pages)
d. Proof of teaching experience (with evaluation results, if available)
e. List of publications and list of research projects, preferably with specification of third-party funding (if available)

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Educational Sciences
Subject didactics of natural sciences MUST


Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Biology - MUST


Language level Importance

Excellent knowledge MUST

Excellent knowledge MUST


Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills Importance
Basic Knowledge
Others MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 08.01.2021, mentioning reference number 11423.

For further information please contact Schmid, Gerlinde +43-1-4277-60301, Mller, Andrea +43-1-4277-60310.

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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