Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

The University of Vienna is internationally renowned for its excellence in teaching and research, and counts more than 7,500 academics from all disciplines. This breadth of expertise offers unique opportunities to address the complex challenges of modern society, to develop comprehensive new approaches, and educate the problem-solvers of tomorrow from a multidisciplinary perspective.

At the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, the University of Vienna seeks to appoint a

Full Professor
Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

The position:

The professorship should provide visionary leadership in research and teaching within the field of Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry. The professor is expected to lead an active and impactful research program, securing external funding and publishing in top-tier journals. The professor will direct and further develop the core facility GeoIsotopes featuring clean labs, a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer and a Quadrupole Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer. Close cooperation and interaction with other research groups in the faculty as well as national and international collaborations beyond the faculty are expected. Possible research foci include, among others, element fractionation and mass transfer in the interior and at the surface of the Earth and other planets, magma and/or mantle evolution, formation of mineral deposits, isotope geology, geo- and cosmo-chronology, solar system evolution. The professor will be in charge of developing and teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry and in related areas as well as mentoring junior faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students.

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, Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Rainer Abart (

      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.: FGGA/2024/01
Application deadline: 18 September 2024