Islamic Theological Philology: Textual Studies of Koran and Hadith

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At the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna the position of a

University Professor
for the field of
Islamic Theological Philology: Textual Studies of Koran and Hadith

(full time, permanent position) is to be filled.

The successful applicant is expected to cover the full range of these fields. They must be further capable, due to their excellent familiarity with the subject, of covering all areas of Qur’an Studies in teaching and research, with special emphasis on the genesis and exegesis of the Qur’an. Research is intended to focus on the history of Qur’anic revelation and Qur’anic textual history, classical, modern and current methodical approaches of the Islamic interpretation of the Qur’an and their potential application in a European context, as well as historical-critical, hermeneutic discourse within the Islamic reform and renewal movements in Islamic and western countries.

Furthermore, the successful applicant is expected to be able to cover the area of Hadith Studies (ulum al-hadith), with regard to both content and method, in teaching as well as research.

Moreover, the Chair is expected to commit themselves to the further development of the Institute for Islamic Studies and to be prepared to engage in, and be qualified for, interdisciplinary discourse.

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

Unless the successful candidate is fluent in German, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to be fluent in English and to acquire, within two years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in Bachelor programmes and participation in committees.

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 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

Pursuant to § 24 para. 4 Islam Law 2015, before this position is filled, “contact on the respective candidate is to be made with the Religious Societies, whereby in the theological core area it is to be considered, that the person be a follower of the doctrinal theology (school of law) affiliated to the respective Religious Society recognised by this federal law.” By applying, candidates declare that the latter requirement is met.

Applications in German or English should be submitted by e-mail to the Dean of the Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, Univ. Prof. Dr. Melanie Malzahn, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien (

Reference no.: 121-2018

The application deadline is 30 September 2018.