Job: Assistant (post doc) at the Department of African Studies

University of Vienna

African Studies is a discipline which deals with research on and description of African societies, especially their history, languages and literatures, as well as the African diaspora. The Department of African Studies offers a 50% employment as post doc assistant in the segment of "African history and societies". Primary task is the development of the segment of "pre-colonial African history" (with focus Northeast Africa/Sudan/Ethiopia), collaboration in the digitalization of the photographic collection as well as the edition of the publication series. Applicants should also work on a habilitation project which is settled within historical and/or archaeological research concerning Northeast Africa. Teaching in the Bachelor and Mastercurriculum is expected.

Extent of Employment: 20 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description: Active participation in research, teaching and administration.

This involves:

  • Developing and strengthening the independent research profile
  • Involvement in research studies
  • International publications and presentations
  • Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding
  • Preparing / writing a habilitation thesis
  • Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
  • Supervision of students
  • Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
  • Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration


  • Doctoral degree/PhD degree in African Studies, History or related disciplines
  • Applicants rely on a specific profile, which reflects openness for and experiences with interdisciplinary research
  • It is of advantage if academic education was acquired internationally
  • High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • IT user skills
  • Ability to work in a team

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have:

  • Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
  • Experience of working on research projects
  • Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards)
  • International presentation experience Desirable qualifications are
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures
  • Experience abroad
  • Experience of supervising students

Application documents:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)
  • Description of research interests and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable)
  • Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference 

Research fields: 

  • Main research field History, Archaeology 
  • Special research fields Archaeology;Ancient history, Regional history 
  • Importance SHOULD 


  • Educational institution University 
  • Educational level Humanities 
  • Special subject Historical Sciences 
  • Importance MUST 


  • Language German 
  • Language level Excellent knowledge 
  • Importance MUST 
  • Language English 
  • Language level Very good knowledge 
  • Importance MUST 


  • Type of computer skills Basic Knowledge 
  • Specified computer skills Internet knowledge, MS Office 
  • Importance MUST 

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 22.01.2019, mentioning reference number 9313.

For further information please contact Zach, Michael +43-1-4277-43204.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( 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.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 9313
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