Health Psychology

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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 Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna the position of a

University Professor
Health Psychology

(full time, permanent position) is to be filled (In case of a first time appointment to a professorship, the appointment may be initially limited – with an extension option).

The professorship represents the subject "Health Psychology" in research and teaching. Successful applicants should have an empirically oriented research profile in which the conditions and mechanisms of the development, promotion and maintenance of mental and physical health are addressed.

Research topics and methodology should be related to the faculty's subject areas (, in particular to the subject area "Clinical and Health Psychology" and to the research focus "Biopsychosocial Determinants of Health and Desease". In addition, the willingness to engage in the fields of activity of the research, teaching and practice outpatient clinic of the Faculty of Psychology is expected.

In addition, the willingness to engage in the research, teaching and practice outpatient unit of the Faculty of Psychology is expected (if possible with presentation of previous activities in relevant fields of activity).

The teaching load comprises 8 semester hours per week in the bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs and is thematically located in the master's focus "Clinical and Health Psychology".

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 (each in relation to academic age).

·         Candidates who are still at a comparatively early stage of their academic career, but show high potential based on their previous achievements, are especially invited to apply.

·         Experience in designing, procuring and managing 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 Faculty and the University, if necessary.

We offer:

·         a negotiable and attractive salary (classification according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff, allocation to job group A1; section 98 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 “start-up package”, in particular for the initiation of research projects

·         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, change of schools and dual career

·         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 puts 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

·         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 English should be submitted by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Vienna, Liebiggasse 5, 1010 Vienna  (

Reference no.: Gesundheitspsychologie 2021

The application deadline is 12 January 2022.

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