University Assistant (Predoc)

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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 (prae doc)
at the Department of Philosophy

Reference number: 7135

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: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
The position is assigned to the research area of Analytic Philosophy with special emphasis on Philosophy of Language (chair: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Max Kölbel).

The main task is to produce a publishable doctoral dissertation in the above mentioned fields at the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna. A description of the doctoral dissertation project must be submitted as part of the application.
Doctoral dissertation proposals should relate to one or more of the following research areas:
a) Philosophy of Language (especially natural language semantics and its foundation, the nature of linguistic meaning, semantic content, centered- or de se content, speech acts, conversation models)
b) Epistemology (especially skepticism, contextualism about knowledge, objectivity)
c) Metaphysics (especially truth, objectivity)
d) Metaethics (especially expressivism, Frege-Geach objection, contextualism, relativism, the analysis of normative language).

Other tasks are:
Active contribution to research activities of the chair, e.g. help in organisation of workshops and conferences, contributions in research and teaching in collaboration with Univ.-Prof. Max Kölbel and independent teaching to the extent regulated by the collective bargaining agreement. Participation in administration and committees of the Department.

To be successful, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:
- a master degree in philosophy (or Magister or equivalent qualification)
- excellent marks
- knowledge of, and interest in some of the mentioned research areas
- very good command of English, written and orally
- organizational skills, ability to work as a member of a team
- 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 level and to participate in university committees

Published (peer reviewed) articles, as well as work experience in the academic environment are an advantage, but not indispensable.

Your application should be submitted electronically (pdf) and include the following documents and materials:
- cover letter
- academic CV
- copies of academic certificates, including transcripts (pdf)
- doctoral dissertation project outline of max. 3,000 words
- writing sample of max. 5,000 words
- 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 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 7135.

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: 7135
E-Mail: jobcenter [__at__] univie [dot] ac [dot] at

Deadline for Applications: 
February 28, 2017
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