University assistant predoctoral

University assistant predoctoral

  • Wien
  • Vollzeit
  • befristet

At the University of Vienna, more than 10,000 people work together towards answering the big questions of the future. Around 7,500 of them are scientists who, with their curiosity and continuous demand for excellence, conduct top-level international research and teaching. Are you also looking for the right space to develop your potential? We are seeking a/an

University assistant predoctoral 

30 Faculty of Catholic Theology  

Job vacancy starting: 03/01/2024  | Working hours:  30,00  | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) 

Limited contract until: 

Job ID: 1403

Among the many good reasons to want to research and teach at the University of Vienna, there is one in particular, which has convinced around 7,500 academic staff members so far. They see themselves as personalities who need space for their continuous striving and curiosity in order to be able to be scientifically successful. Does that sound like something for you? Welcome to our team!

Your personal sphere of influence:

The advertised position is based at the Institute for Canon Law and Law on Religion. We are looking for a candidate with academic ambitions who is willing to conduct independent research in the field of canon law and/or (state) law on religion as part of a dissertation project. The topic of such a research project is preferably in the field of foundations of religious legal systems, ecclesiastical organisational law, property law or state/civil law on religion.

At the Institute for Canon Law and Law on Religion, research uses jurisprudential and canonistic methods. At the interface between jurisprudence and theology, canon law reflects on all questions of legally ordered governance of the world's largest institutionalised religious community on the horizon of justice. Balancing individual freedom and corporate religious practice requires a critical penetration of canon law. As a cross-sectional subject, the legal subject of law on religion encompasses questions of individual freedom of religion and belief as well as the entire spectrum of legally relevant references to the phenomenon of religion/belief.

The Institute, consisting of 1 professorship, 1 post-doctoral (50%), 1 pre-doctoral and 1 administrative colleague, offers you the opportunity to research and teach in an internationally networked team while developing your own academic profile.

Your future tasks:

You will actively participate in the research and teaching programme of the Institute for Canon Law and Religious Law as well as take on administrative tasks. This includes:

  • You will contribute to research projects and studies in the field of canon law and/or (state/international) law on religion.
  • We expect you to complete your dissertation agreement within 12-18 months.
  • You will work on your dissertation and its completion.
  • You will collaborate in the conception, creation and implementation of publications / academic articles.
  • You will be involved in the organisation of meetings, conferences and symposia.
  • You will support the chair holder in the conception and implementation of teaching.
  • You will independently teach in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement and supervise students.
  • You will take on administrative tasks in research and teaching.

This is part of your personality

A completed diploma or master's degree in theology or law with a focus of interest or research in the above-mentioned areas is expected. The following skills are also expected:

  • High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • German language skills on at least C1 level
  • IT user skills (MS-Office)
  • Ability to work in a team

Desirable qualifications are

  • Knowledge in the academic field of canonistics or the relationship between State/society/religious communities.
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or Italian
  • First experience working in an academic environment
  • Experience abroad 
  • Teaching experience and experience in participating in research projects
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures

What we offer:

The employment duration is 4 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 4 years if the employer does not terminate it within the first 12 months by submitting a non-extension declaration.

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible, family-friendly working hours and can work remote/hybrid upon agreement.

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are part of a team with excellent research infrastructure in a healthy and fair working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 3277,30 (on a full-time basis) increases if we can credit professional experience.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae 
  • Cover letter including a short outline of the doctoral project
  • Degree certificates
  • Scientific thesis (e.g. Master's thesis)
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if applicable)
  • Via our  job portal/ Apply now -  button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Andreas Kowatsch 

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women and diversity. We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

University of Vienna. Space for personalities. Since 1365.

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​Application deadline: 11/30/2023 

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