Das Schweizer Fachportal für die Geschichtswissenschaften

University Assistant (prae doc)

The Department of Economic and Social History at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna conducts research and teaching in the fields of economic and social history at a local, regional, national and global scale from the Middle Ages up to the present day. The Department invites applications for the position of a doctoral researcher ("Universitätsassistent/in prae doc") in economic and social history of late medieval and early modern times at the candidate's earliest convenience, for a duration of four years.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
- Writing and completion of a doctoral thesis in the history of work, possibly with a focus on the Alps Region (1300–1800)
- Participation in the working group "Grammars of Dependency" of the COST Action "Worlds of Related Coercions in WorK" (WORCK, CA18205) und support for the organization of conferences and workshops of this working group
- Contributions to publications and presentations
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching as defined by the collective agreement (on average 2 hours per week each semester)

- Master's degree in history
- Good command of Latin language
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- IT user skills
- Interest in topics of social history (i.e. bondage, coercion, social inequality)
- Interest in historical semantics
- ability to work in a team
- Knowledge in the use of databases and digital humanities
- Experience abroad
- Good command of or willingness to learn German
- Good command of another language

Application documents:
- Letter of Motivation (2 pages max.)
- Exposé for a prospective PhD project (5 pages max)
- Curriculum vitae (including a list of of publications and evidence of teaching experience, if applicable)
- Master's thesis as pdf or download link, possibly an additional writing sample
- Name, email and telephone number of at least two referees (no recommendation letters)
- You can apply in English or German

Online Application
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 15.09.2019, mentioning reference number 9892.

For further information please contact Schiel, Juliane +43-1-4277-41371.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). 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.


University of Vienna
15. September 2019
Schiel, Juliane +43-1-4277-41371