University Assistant (Postdoc)

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Name of institution: 
University of Vienna
Job Description: 

The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.700 members of staff, more than 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.09.2017 of a

University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Philosophy

Reference number: 7134

The advertised position is situated in the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy and Education. The Department is large (by international comparison) and its members have a considerable variety of areas of competence. This motivates both the duty to offer a teaching programme that spans the full breadth of the discipline, and the intention to satisfy high standards of research performance. The Department attaches great value to the core areas of philosophy, but it also has the aim to contribute, on their basis, to the clarification and solution of current problems. The intention to acknowledge new philosophical developments and tasks is reflected in the number of co-operations and research fields of the department.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
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:
Participation in research, teaching (extent of teaching duties as prescribed by the above-mentioned wage agreement), and administration at the Department of Philosophy in the research area "Analytic Philosophy with Special Emphasis on Philosophy of Language", led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Max Kölbel. This research area currently addresses questions in:
Philosophy of language

The main task is to complete a research project that leads to publications that can be successfully submitted for the award of of the degree "Habilitation" in the Austrian academic system. This would typically be a research monograph or a series of journal articles. This research project should contribute to the range of topics addressed in the research area (see above). A description of the Habilitation project (approx. 3000 words) must be submitted as part of the application.

To be successful, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

- Excellent PhD / Doctoral degree in Philosophy

- International conference- and publishing activities in at least one of the above mentioned research areas, preferably Philosophy of Language

- teaching experience commensurate with stage of career

- organisational skills and team-spirit

- the willingness to acquire, within three years from the point of appointment, a command of the German language that is sufficient to teach at the Bachelor- and Master-level, and to participate in university committees.

Your application should be submitted electronically (pdf) and include the following documents and materials:
- cover letter
- academic CV including list of publications and talks
- academic and other relevant certificates (pdf)
- doctoral thesis (pdf)
- outline of research project (3000 words)
- two published articles
- names and contact details of two researchers, who we may contact for references at short notice.

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Philosophy, Ethics
Philosophy of language;Philosophy SHOULD

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 28.02.2017, mentioning reference number 7134.

For further information please contact Wachter, Gertrud +43-1-4277-46401.

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.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 7134
E-Mail: jobcenter [__at__] univie [dot] ac [dot] at

Deadline for Applications: 
February 28, 2017
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