University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Science and Technology Studies

The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.800 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Science and Technology Studies.

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Reference number: 10659

The Department of Science and Technology Studies is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Science and Technology Studies is a social science field with a strong interdisciplinary orientation that analyses the interactions of science, technology and society. Department research focuses on knowledge and technology cultures, the relations of techno-sciences and publics, and the governance of techno-sciences and society. The department offers the English language master program 'Science-Technology-Society', as well as a number of course formats for other programs.

The prae doc will join the group of University Professor Sarah R Davies, which focuses on Technosciences, Materiality, and Digital Culture. Their research project will explore interactions between technoscience and digitisation in public spaces, cultures, and digital environments. Their research plans may include, but are not limited to, studies of:

  • Online consumption, production, and negotiation of scientific knowledge and information by public actors;
  • Digital science communication, activism, or public engagement;
  • Public activism and engagement around data practices;
  • Public perceptions of data practices or the digital.

The anticipated start date of the position is May 2020.

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:
The successful candidate will work on a PhD dissertation, participate in research activities of the group and department, and contribute to the administration and organisation of the department and its teaching (holding classes according to the regulations of the collective bargaining agreement).

The candidate must demonstrate the following:

  • University degree (Master or equivalent) in the Social Sciences or in another field, if the applicant can provide evidence of significant prior experience in Science and Technology Studies;
  • Knowledge of the theories and methods of Science and Technology Studies;
  • Ability to successfully plan, conduct, and write up research;
  • Motivation to contribute to innovative interdisciplinary teaching;
  • Excellent proficiency in English. Proficiency in German (or readiness to acquire it) is an advantage.

The ideal candidate should also demonstrate the following:

  • Ability and interest in team work;
  • Excellent organisational skills and the capacity to make long-term plans;
  • High reliability.

Required documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter of motivation specifying your capacities in the above mentioned areas of work;
  • Transcripts of prior academic studies;
  • A 3-5 page exposé (outline) for your proposed PhD project in Science and Technology Studies on a topic relating to technoscience and digitisation in public spaces, cultures, and digital environments (references not included in page count);
  • A list of five key references that you think should be covered in an introductory course to Science and Technology Studies at a bachelor level, including a brief (two sentence) justification per reference;
  • Names and contact details of two referees.

Research fields:
Main research field:
Other Social Sciences
Special research field:
Social Studies of science

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna  no later than 01.04.2020, mentioning reference number 10659.

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.


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Sarah Davies

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