Job: Professor of Philosophy of Media and Techniques at University of Vienna

The Faculty of Philosophy and Education of the University of Vienna announces the position of a Full Professor for Philosophy of Media and Techniques

As stated in its development plan ( the University of Vienna aims at strengthening its position as a major research-oriented university. Key elements of this strategy include the provision of an attractive range of research-based study programmes, support for furthering the work of junior academic colleagues, and high-calibre professorial appointments.

The Faculty of Philosophy and Education of the University of Vienna announces the position of a

Full Professor of Philosophy of Media and Techniques

(full time, permanent position under private law). The University of Vienna intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration.

The position is situated in the research group ‘Philosophy of Language, Symbols and Media’ in the Department of Philosophy. Successful candidates are expected to articulate the philosophical implications of the role media and technology play in modern societies and to contextualize them in the perspective of history of science and / or cultural studies. Successful candidates will have an international and outstanding profile and reputation in at least one of the two mentioned areas (Philosophy of Media, Philosophy of Techniques). They will also be willing to engage in interdisciplinary research. Successful candidates are expected to do research and teach on all levels in the Department of Philosophy (Bachelor, Master, PhD).

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • PhD and post-doc experience at a university or other research institution (Austrian or equivalent international academic degree in the relevant field)
  • Outstanding research and publication record, with an excellent reputation as an active member in the international academic community (Habilitation (venia docendi) or equivalent international qualification in the relevant field is desirable)
  • Experience in designing, procuring and directing major research projects and willingness and ability to assume the responsibility of team leadership
  • Experience in university teaching, and willingness and ability to teach at all curricular levels, to supervise theses, and to further the work of junior academic colleagues

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in Bachelor programmes and participation in committees

The University of Vienna offers

  • Attractive terms and conditions of employment with a negotiable and performance-related salary, associated with a retirement fund
  • a “start-up package” for  the initiation of research projects
  • an attractive and dynamic research location in a city with a high quality of life and in a country with excellent research funding provision
  • Support for relocation to Vienna, where appropriate

Candidates should send an application containing at least the following documents:

  • Academic curriculum vitae (List of publications including)
  • Brief description of current research interests and research plans for the immediate future
  • List of publications together with
    • specification of five key publications judged by the applicant to be particularly relevant to the advertised professorship together with an explanation of their relevance
    • PDF versions of these five publications provided either as email attachments or through URLs of downloadable copies (PDF versions of monographs need only be provided if easily available.)
  • List of talks given, including detailed information about invited plenaries at international conferences
  • List of projects supported by third-party funds
  • Short survey of previous academic teaching and list of supervised PhD theses

University professors will be classified according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff into the salary group A1. The salary will be individually negotiated under consideration of the previous career development and in case of an appointment from abroad of the different tax situation.

Applications in English or German should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education, Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Elisabeth Nemeth, Universitätsstr. 7/3, A 1010 Wien, and submitted per e-mail (preferably as PDF attachments) to the deans office ( no later than January 4th, 2013 with reference KZ 2012/PHIL-P-MTP.

[Source: University of Vienna]


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