Intestinal Microbiology

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The appointment of particularly qualified researchers to university professors is an important strategy of the University of Vienna. Become part of this vibrant and future-oriented organisation.

At the University of Vienna the position of a

University Professor


Intestinal Microbiology

(full time, limited to a period of 5 years) is to be filled.

The Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science, led by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Wagner at the University of Vienna´s Research Network Chemistry Meets Microbiology (a joint initiative of the Faculties of Chemistry and Life Science) is a creative and ambitious team that conducts internationally leading research in the field of microbial ecology. We are interested in strengthening our research capacity in the area of Intestinal Microbiology.

Applicants for the professorship Intestinal Microbiology shall be internationally recognized for their excellence in research and teaching. In particular, successful candidates should have outstanding scientific activities in the development and application of sequencing-based as well as function-based tools (isotope probing methods) and modeling approaches for the analyses of intestinal microbiomes. We expect an innovative research concept in the field of intestinal microbiology as well as an active involvement in teaching in the fields of microbial ecology and microbiology at the bachelor and master level. Third-party funding (e.g. high-level grants) is desired.

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree/PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution
  • Habilitation (venia docendi) in a subject field relevant to this position or an internationally accepted equivalent qualification is desirable
  • Outstanding achievements in research, excellent publication record, international reputation
  • Experience in designing, procuring and managing large research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to lead research groups
  • Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in all phases of their studies (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promoting young academic colleagues

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees. In addition, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to be prepared to take over responsibility on the organisational level of the Faculties and the University, if necessary.

We offer:

  • a negotiable salary (classification according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff, allocation to job group A1; section 99 (1) of the Universities Act 2002); the salary will be individually negotiated under consideration of the previous career development and the current income situation
  • in addition to the statutory social insurance, the University of Vienna offers a pension fund to its employees
  • a dynamic research location with well-established research funding provisions
  • attractive working conditions in a city with a high quality of life
  • comprehensive advice and support in relation to finding an accommodation
  • a wide range of support services offered by central service institutions

The University of Vienna 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.

 Application documents:

  • Application letter, including a brief description of:
    • current research interests and research plans for the immediate future
    • current and planned foci in academic teaching and the supervision of young researchers
  • Academic curriculum vitae,
    including information about “esteem factors” (e.g. experience as a publisher, functions in research societies or programme committees)
  • List of publications, including:
    • specification of five key publications which the applicant considers particularly relevant to the advertised professorship
    • provision of an Internet link for download or electronic submission of PDF versions of these five publications
    • information about citations and impact factors, depending on the common practice in the relevant research area
  • List of talks given,
    including information about invited keynote lectures at international conferences
  • Third-party funds
    list of acquired third-party funds (subject, duration, origin, volume) as well as, if applicable, of inventions/patents
  • Overview of previous academic teaching and supervised theses, especially doctoral theses
  • Teaching evaluations (if available)
  • Copies of documents and certificates

Applications in German or English should be submitted by e-mail to the Professors' Appointment Consulting Service of the University of Vienna

Reference no.: IntMic2017

The application deadline is 12. October 2017.