Job Posting: University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Social and Economic History

September 6, 2019

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 this position as soon as possible of a:

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Social and Economic History


Reference number: 9832

The Department of Economic and Social History at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna conducts research and teaching in the fields of economic and social history at a local, regional, national and global scale from the Middle Ages up to the present day. The Department invites applications for the position of a doctoral researcher (“Universitätsassistent/in prae doc”) in 19th and 20th century economic history at the candidate’s earliest convenience for a duration of 4 years.

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:
Job description:
- Writing and completion of a doctoral thesis with a focus on 19th and 20th century economic history
- Contributions to publications and presentations
- Involvement in the organisation of meetings and conferences as well as support for research projects, notably an ongoing project on the role of central banks in regional financial development during the 19th century
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching as defined by the collective agreement (on average 2 hours per week each semester)

We offer:
- A dynamic environment for writing a dissertation
- Possibility to develop your own research profile
- Financial support for research missions and conference participation
- Very good research infrastructure and libraries at both the University of Vienna as well as other research institutions in Vienna, several regular research seminar series

- Master’s degree in history, economic history or economics
- Interest in topics in financial history
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- IT user skills
- Knowledge of or interest in statistical methods and data analysis
- Ability to work in a team

Desirable qualifications are
- Experience abroad
- Good command of or willingness to learn German
- Good command of another language

Application documents:
- Letter of Motivation (2 pages max)
- Exposé for a prospective PhD project (5 pages max)
- Curriculum vitae including a list of publications and evidence of teaching experience (if applicable)
- Degree certificates
- Master’s thesis as pdf or download link, possibly an additional writing sample
- Name, email and telephone number of at least two referees (no recommendation letters).
- You can apply in English or German


Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 15.10.2019, mentioning reference number 9832.

For further information please contact Jobst, Clemens +43-1-4277-41325 (clemens.jobst (at)

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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