PostDoc Linguistics @Uni Wien

Stellenanzeige der Universität Wien:

The University of Vienna (15 faculties, 4 centres, about 174 fields of study, approx. 9.500 members of staff, more than 94.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

University Assistant (post doc)
at the Department of Linguistics

Reference number8200

The Department of Linguistics is a sub-unit of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies consisting of four chairs (General Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and Subject Didactics [Language Teaching and Learning Research]). The announced postdoc position is assigned to Applied Linguistics.

Applied Linguistics deals with language in its social context and practice. In the context of this department, this primarily covers sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, text and media research, conversation analysis, research on institutional/organizational communication, multilingualism, language policy as well as (meta)pragmatics. Applied Linguistics is conceived as an empirically driven, theory-building discipline, striving to take a stance on linguistic issues within societal discourse. In the context of the Department of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics is furthermore committed to the common institutional goal of exploring language in a comprehensive sense (as a system, competence and social practice).

The successful candidate should represent Applied Linguistics with a focus on institutional/organizational communication. The candidate should have a research focus on oral data. 

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 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: 
This position requires active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves:
• Realisation of an independent major research project; the preparation/finalization of a publishable post-doctoral thesis (Habilitation) is encouraged
• Independent teaching of courses in Applied Linguistics at the load defined by the collective agreement
• Administrative tasks for the department
• Supervision of students
• Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
• International publications and presentations
• Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of

- Completed doctoral dissertation or equivalent qualification with a linguistic focus
- relevant experience in research, documented in form of scientific talks and publications on oral organizational/institutional communication
- A proven record of experience with empirical research
- social-theoretical foundation
- Familiarity with methods of Applied Linguistics
- 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
- International presentation experience

Desirable qualifications are
- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- Experience of supervising students

Application documents

- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae (including al 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) (max. 2-3 pages, excl. references)
- Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Linguistics and Literature
Applied linguistics;Sociolinguistics 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 20.01.2018, mentioning reference number 8200.

For further information please contact Spitzmüller, Jürgen +43-1-4277-41724. 

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: 8200