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University of Vienna seeks University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of East Asian Studies

Universität Wien 2-3y Junior Level  Wien, Wien, Österreich 27 Mrz 2019

Job Description

The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.600 members of staff, about 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of East Asian Studies

The position will be with the Chair of East Asian Economy and Society at the Department of East Asian Studies. Our focus is on modern East Asia (roughly covering the 20th and the 21st centuries, defined mainly as Northeast Asia (China, Japan, and the two Koreas) but also including the ten ASEAN members states of Southeast Asia. Our basic philosophy is that of Area Studies, i.e. we value a holistic approach that includes a solid command of at least one East Asian language, a perspective that goes beyond a single East Asian country, and the knowledge of the cultural background including history and literature. At the same time, we emphasize the compatibility of our research and teaching with established, non-area focused disciplines including, but not limited to, history, economics, sociology, and political science.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40.0 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:

Competitive applicants will have a clear research agenda, a strong theoretical orientation, excellent methodological skills, a record of publishing in highly ranked journals and academic presses, and – importantly – demonstrate their ability for independent, effective and methodologically rigorous teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels as defined by the collective agreement. Additional expectations include supervision of students and active engagement with the other fields represented at the University of Vienna Department of East Asian Studies and facilitation of connections between the University of Vienna and East Asia.


Applicants from all subfields of political science whose research has a focus on East Asia are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a formal academic degree (either MA or PhD) in political science (including international relations and comparative politics) in addition to a formal academic degree in East Asian Studies. One of these degrees must be a PhD. Candidates with ABD will be considered. The successful candidate must further have excellent command of written and spoken English and the proven ability to actively use one of the Northeast or Southeast Asian languages (no preference for any specific language) in his or her research on a very high level of proficiency. The successful candidate is expected to teach, among others, seminars on Political Systems in East Asia and on International Relations in East Asia. This includes the professional supervision of academic term papers in these fields.

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have
– Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
– Experience of working on research projects
– Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards)
– International presentation experience
Desirable qualifications are
– Knowledge of university processes and structures
– Experience abroad
– Experience of supervising students

Application documents

– Letter of motivation
– Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)
– Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable)
Candidates should submit their academic curriculum vitae, a cover letter, writing samples, and three current letters of recommendation and contact details of people who could provide further letters of recommendation as well as syllabi for two seminars (one on Political Systems in East Asia and one on International Relations in East Asia). The cover letter should address the following: current and future research, teaching interests, and existing cooperation with other universities.

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 07.04.2019, mentioning reference number 9523.

For further information please contact Kraxner, Katinka +43-1-4277-43840.

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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Reference number: 9523
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