Scientific Staff / PhD Candidate University of Vienna

At the University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centers, about 188 fields of study, approx. 9.400 members of staff, more than 90.000 students) the position of a

Scientific Staff / PhD Candidate

at the Department of Geography and Regional Research

is available, beginning on 1st of September 2018

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. The department offers scientific degrees in the bachelor program, four master programs, a teacher education program (bachelor and master), a PhD program as well as in the faculty-arching master program in “Environmental Sciences”. Details on the Department can be accessed at

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 2 years

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week, occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)

Areas of work:

The research is embedded within the project NoeTALUS, which deals with the development and evaluation of methods for the generation of hazard maps for rock falls. The project is funded by the Federal Government of Lower Austria and is implemented by a cooperation of the TU Wien (lead partner), the University of Vienna, and the Geological Survey of Austria. The University of Vienna (research group ENGAGE) is thereby responsible for programming of an interface between an existing rock fall simulation tool and the GIS software Quantum GIS, the design of hazard indication maps, and archive studies.

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

– Contribution to the project NoeTALUS including the support of the project management

– Dissemination and presentation of results at national and international level

– Integration into the research group ENGAGE

– Contributing to teaching within the frame of the research topic

– Starting a dissertation


– Graduate degree in Geography or a related subject (major in Physical Geography, Geomorphology, Engineering Geology, Geoinformatics, or equivalent)

– Interest in process geomorphology and landslides

– Profound GIS-qualifications

– Programming skills

– Interest in physically based modelling of geomorphic processes

– Interest and potential skills in project management

– Excellent knowledge of English in word and writing

– High command of written and oral language

– Flexibility and high ability to work in teams

– Interest to write a dissertation


  • MS Office (must criterion)
  • ArcGIS for Desktop and Quantum GIS (must criterion)
  • Programming and scripting skills (must criterion)

Your application:

The application including the motivation letter (max. 1 page) have to be sent as one pdf-file as soon as possible, but no later than 17ht of June 2018 to Helmut Slawik ( The application should include:

– Curriculum Vitae

– Motivation letter (max. 1 page)

– Diplomas

– Academic Transcripts

For further information, please contact Prof. Dr. Thomas Glade ( 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.