Senior Scientist in International Politics, Department of Political Science [University of Vienna]

Senior Scientist in International Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna

Senior Scientist in International Politics, Department of Political Science

Senior Scientist in International Politics, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna
Senior Scientist in International Politics, Department of Political Science

Endiartia - At the University of Vienna, more than 10,000 personalities work together towards answering the big questions of the future. Around 7,500 do research and teaching, and about 2,900 work in administration and organization. We are looking for:

Senior Scientist 
49 Faculty of Social Sciences  
Job vacancy starting: 11/02/2023  | Working hours:  30,00  | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) 
Limited contract until 05/14/2027
Job ID: 1244

Among the many reasons to research and teach at the University of Vienna, one in particular has convinced around 7,500 academic staff members. They see themselves as personalities needing space to continuously strive for top international research and scientific excellence. At the same time, they enjoy support and liberties not given at other institutions. Does that sound like something to you? Welcome to our team!

Your sphere of play:

Your future position is at the Department of Political Science in the research area of International Politics. The Department of Political Science researches and teaches in all core areas of political science, develops innovative and problem-oriented research foci, and offers a wide range of options for specialization for students. The Department's staff investigates the changing forms and functions of governance, the state, and democracy in different political fields, geographic regions, and political spaces.

In the research area of International Politics, a team of renowned and award-winning academic staff at one of the most advanced departments for political science in the German-speaking world awaits you. The department offers outstanding research projects, interdisciplinary cooperation, collegial exchange, and exchange with a young generation of students.

Your future tasks:

The primary area of responsibility is the establishment of long-term research structures and acquiring third-party funds in the research area of International Politics (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ulrich Brand). The tasks include organizational activities and functions of academic self-administration at the Department and teaching level.


  • Active participation in research and administration implies;
  • Project application and acquisition of third-party funding;
  • Participation in research projects and organization of international conferences (especially an international conference on historical-materialist policy analysis);
  • Establishment and expansion of an independent research profile;
  • International publications and lectures;
  • Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance; and
  • Participation in research, teaching, and department administration.

This is part of your personality: 

  • Completed doctoral studies in political science;
  • Excellent knowledge in the fields of international politics, international political ecology, and development research with a focus on Latin America;
  • Interest in research on the concept of "imperial mode of living";
  • Good knowledge of qualitative methods of empirical social research;
  • Proven ability to publish in renowned, relevant media;
  • High level of written and oral expression;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken German and English;
  • IT user skills and
  • Capacity for teamwork.

Also expected:

  • Experience in the acquisition of external funding;
  • Experience in participating in research projects;
  • Experience with international lecturing and
  • Teaching experience in political science.


Knowledge of university processes and structures

What we offer:

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours with the possibility to work remotely (upon agreement).

Fair salary: According to the collective bargaining agreement, the gross monthly salary is EUR 3,263.9 for 30 hours/week (§48 VwGr. B1 lit. b [postdoc]). The compensation is paid 14 times per year.

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are part of an international team with excellent research infrastructure in a relaxed working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your new workplace is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training and coaching: We provide opportunities to deepen your skills continuously.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

It is that easy to apply:

  • Letter of intent
  • Scientific curriculum vitae (including list of publications, list of courses, list of lecturing activities, description of experience with the preparation of research proposals and implementation of externally funded projects)
  • Description of research interests and research plans (5 pages)
  • Contact details of persons who could provide reference letters
  • Relevant certificates
  • Via our  job portal/ Apply Now -  button

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ulrich Brand

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 

The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, women's advancement, and diversity. We emphasize increasing the number of women in senior and 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.

​Application deadline: October 3, 2023 

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