Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna announces the position of a Full Professor of Byzantine Studies

Job Summary. 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 Historical and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna announces the position of a Full Professor of Byzantine Studies (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. 

Applicants should have a strong research and teaching record in Byzantine Studies, particularly in the fields of economic and social history. The professorship is connected with the Faculty's research focal point "Euro-Mediterranean Cultures and Antiquity Studies", among others. The successfull candidate is expected to cover in teaching the whole spectrum of Byzantine Studies. 

The University of Vienna, with its unusually broad spectrum of subjects, and the city of Vienna, with its libraries, archives, museums and other institutions, provide ideal surroundings for research and teaching in the humanities. 

Job Description. Successfull candidates will have the following qualifications : 
  • PhD and post-doctoral 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 responsability of team leadership. 
  • Experience in university teaching, and willingness and ability to teach at all curricular levels, to supervise these, and to further the work of junior academic colleagues. 
The University of Vienna expects the successfull 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
  • Brief description of current research interests and research plans for the immediate future 
  • List of publications together with 
a) specification of five key publications judged by the applicant to be particularly relevant to the advertised professorship together with an explanation of their relevance
b) 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
Applications in English or German should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring 1, 1010 Vienna and submitted per e-mail (preferably as pdf attachments) to no later than June 12th, 2009 with reference 14/31-2008/09. Source : Euraxess