Postdoc Posting: University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Social and Economic History

September 9, 2019

The Department of Economic and Social History at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna invites applications for the position of a post-doctoral researcher (“Universitätsassistent/in post doc”) in 19th and 20th century economic and social history at the candidate’s earliest convenience for a duration of 6 years.The Department 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.

Reference number: 9850

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:
Job description:
- Developing and strengthening your independent research profile
- International publications and presentations
- Preparing / writing a (publication-ready) habilitation thesis, a second book or several peer-reviewed articles
- Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding
- 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
- Independent teaching as defined by the collective agreement (on average 4 hours per week each semester)
- Supervision of students
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

We offer:
- Possibility to develop and strengthen your research profile over a 6-year period
- Collaboration in an evolving department (two full professors recently appointed, two further appointments currently under way)
- 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

- PhD in history or economics with a focus on economic history
- Good knowledge of quantitative methods
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- Didactical skills
- Ability to work in a team

Desirable qualifications are
- Good command of or willingness to learn German
- Interest in topics in financial history
- Experience abroad
- Publications in renowned peer-reviewed journals
- International presentations
- Teaching experience
- Experience with research projects and third-party funding
- Good command of another language

Application documents:
- Letter of Motivation (2 pages max)
- Curriculum vitae including a list of publications, presentations and courses taught
- Outline of a medium-term research agenda including a habilitation or book project or a series of articles (5 pages max)
- Degree certificates
- 1-2 writing samples (PhD thesis as pdf or download link, articles, not necessarily published)
- 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 9850.

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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