University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Geography and Regional Research

At the University of Vienna (15 faculties, 3 centers, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.400 members of staff, more than 90.000 students) the position of a University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Geography and Regional Research is available, beginning on 1 April 2017.

The Department of Geography and Regional Research is part of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy. It is the largest and oldest Geography department in Austria and ranked as no. 1 in German-speaking countries and as no. 28 worldwide. The department offers scientific degrees in the bachelor program, three master programs, a teacher education program, a PhD program as well as in the faculty-arching master program in “Environmental Sciences”. Details on the Department can be access on

The position is assigned to the research group Physical Geography, which has a sound reputation in the research domains of landslides, “human impact” on geosystems and spatial modeling of geomorphic processes as well as in the applied research including global environmental change, natural hazards and –risks, vulnerability, multi-hazard risk and early warning systems.


The position is limited to 4 years

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week

Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)

On top of this, relevant chargeable work experience determines the assessment to a particular salary grade.


Areas of work:

The employment aims to deepen and extend the professional and scientific education targeting a PhD. Your areas of work include:

– Writing a dissertation

– Contribution to scientific studies

– Involvement in international co-operations

– Support by allocation of third-party funded projects

– Independent teaching (starting in the 2nd year)

– Supervision of students and examination activities

– Participation in evaluation activities and in quality assurance

– Integration into the research group and participation in administrative duties



– Graduate degree in Geography or Applied geology / Engineering Geology (major in Physical Geography, Process Geomorphology or equivalent)

– Interest in process geomorphology and local and spatial monitoring, analysis and landslide modeling

– Profound field experience

– Greatest interest in landslide early warning systems inclusive installation and maintenance of field equipment, data transfer, storage and analysis and visualization of results

– GIS-qualifications are beneficial

– Skills in project management

– Excellent pedagogic teaching skills

– Knowledge in e-learning is beneficial

– Excellent knowledge in English in word and writing

– High command of written and oral language – Ability to work in teams



  • MS Office (must criteria)
  • ArcGIS for Desktop and Server (wish criteria)
  • Experience with slope stability programs (wish criteria)
  • Literature database (wish criteria)
  • Adobe products (wish criteria)


Your application should include the following documents:

– Curriculum Vitae

– Motivation letter for research and teaching (max. 1 page each)

– Diplomas

– Academic Transcripts

– Completed personnel record available from the human resources department (form PA/A) – download:


Research fields:

Main Research Field Special Research Fields Importance
Geography Physical Geography Wish
Geography Geomorphology Must
Geography Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Wish


Language Knowledge Importance
German Excellent knowledge Must
English Excellent knowledge Must


The application including the motivation letters (“teaching” in German and “research” in English) have to be sent via Job Center to the University of Vienna ( as one pdf-file no later than 28.02.2017.

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Glade,, +43-1-4277-48650 for scientific questions and Mr. Helmut Slawik,, +43-1-4277-48605 for administrative information.

The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants, women will receive preferential consideration.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna