Political Sociology

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At the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna the position of a


University Professor


Political Sociology


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


The professorship shall represent research and teaching in the field of ‚Political Sociology‘. The theoretical and empirical research should focus on sociological analyses, which take into account social conditions and societal impacts of policies and politics in general. Potential priorities include socio-political dynamics, development of political orientations as well as solidarity in contemporary societies. Particular attention will be given to the integrability to the existing research areas of the Department, so that the professorship contributes to the development of the Department's profile. It is expected that the future chair of ‚Political Sociology‘ makes an outstanding internationally oriented contribution to the field, shows engagement in teaching activities in all stages of study (BA, MA and PhD level) and contributes to the development of the Department.


Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

·         Doctoral degree/PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university or other research 

·         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 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 (http://diversity.univie.ac.at). 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 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 English should be submitted by e-mail to the the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, Univ.-Prof. Hajo Boomgaarden, PhD, Rooseveltplatz 2, A-1090 Vienna (dekanat.sowi@univie.ac.at).


Reference no.: 490-44


The application deadline is 18 September 2019.


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