Jewish Studies with a Focus on Source History and Cultural History

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At the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, the University of Vienna seeks to appoint a

Full Professor
Jewish Studies with a Focus on Source History and Cultural History


The position:

This position deals with research and teaching in all essential aspects of the culture, literature, religion and history of Judaism across its entire geographical breadth. A particular focus of this professorship lies on Jewish texts and Jewish cultural history in the context of the rabbinic period (70 to 1000 AD) which is of central importance. Teaching is mandatory in compulsory modules in the bachelor's, master's and extension curricula in Jewish studies, as well as the supervision of bachelor-, master- and doctoral theses. Participation is also expected in one of the faculty's key research areas and in the Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies or the Doctoral School of Theology and Studies on Religion.


Your academic profile:


·       Doctoral degree/PhD

·       Outstanding research achievements, excellent publication and funding record, international reputation

·       Proven leadership qualities

·       Gender and diversity competence

·       Experience in designing and managing large research projects

·       Enthusiasm for excellent teaching and supervision at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level

·       Willingness to take on organisational and administrative responsibilities within the Faculty and/or the University


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.


We offer:


·       a dynamic research environment

·       a wide range of research and teaching support services

·       attractive working conditions in a city with a high quality of life

·       an attractive salary according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff (§98 UG, level A1, to be negotiated individually) and an organisational retirement plan

·       a “start-up package”, in particular for the initiation of research projects

·       comprehensive relocation support


Application documents:

Please submit a single PDF file (LastName_FirstName.pdf) containing the following information in English via e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, Prof. Christina Lutter, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien (

1. Letter of motivation

2. Academic curriculum vitae


o     education and training

o     positions held to date

o     relevant parental, family or other care times

o     awards and honors

o     commissions of trust

o     previous and current cooperation partners

o     list of most important acquired third-party funding as principal investigator, and, if applicable, of inventions/patents

o     list of most important scientific talks (max. 10)

o     teaching and mentoring

o     supervision experience (Master and PhD)

3. List of publications and a link to your ORCID record

4. Research statement     

o     most important research achievements (max. 2 pages) and planned future research activities (max. 4 pages)

o     synopsis of five key publications with relevance to the position advertised

5. Teaching and supervision statement       

o     teaching and supervision concept, including a description of the previous and planned priorities in academic teaching and supervision (max. 2 pages)


Appendices to application document:

a.       Five key publications as electronic full text version

b.       Teaching evaluations (if available, compiled into a single PDF file)

c.        Copies of certificates of academic degrees (mandatory, compiled into a single PDF file)


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.


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Reference no.: 14/21-2023/24
Application deadline: 15 April 2024