University Professor

for the specialist field of urban and regional research

TU Wien is Austria's largest research and educational institution in the fields of technology and natural sciences. More than 4,000 scientists in eight faculties conduct research on "Technology for People" in five main research areas. The content of the offered studies is based on this excellent research. The more than 27,000 students in the 55 studies offered benefit from this. As a driver of innovation, TU Wien strengthens the business location, enables cooperation and contributes to the prosperity of society.
At the Institute of Spatial Planning of the faculty Architecture and Planning at TU Wien, the position of a University Professor for the specialist field of “Urban and Regional Research” with permanent (full-time) contractual employment is to be filled as of 01.10.2021.

This is a professorship regulated by § 98 of the 2002 Universities Act (UG).

The position as professor for Urban and Regional Research has been allocated in TU Wien’s development plan to the research focal areas “Energy and Environment”, “Information and Communications Technology” and “Additional Fields of Research”.

We are looking for a personality who has already succeeded in making outstanding scientific achievements in the field of urban and regional research. Candidates are expected to have international-level expertise in relevant theoretical approaches and urban and regional research concepts. Other essential requirements also include having a sound knowledge of the broad range of methods used in quantitative urban and regional analysis. Candidates should be well-versed in designing and applying digital methods (such as in the field of Geographic Information Systems) for visualizing, explaining and modelling spatial structures, developments and transformation processes. Knowledge of spatial development policy and participation in corresponding international professional discourses are also desirable. In doing so, they should have demonstrated that they are able to apply this knowledge innovatively and taking account of the interfaces between quantitative and qualitative analysis methods (mixed methods) for issues related to spatial planning. Within the framework of this theoretical and methodological focus, the candidate is also expected to make excellent contributions to publications, funding and teaching work, support intra- and inter-faculty cooperation, and foster international research and teaching ties for scientific activities in the field of research.

The duties of a university professor at TU Wien include, in addition to research, teaching activities (in German and in English) in the Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programmes, as well as collaboration in the management of the institute and the faculty. The future incumbent will be expected not only to have relevant teaching experience but also to show a high level of commitment to research-led academic teaching, which requires the development of corresponding subject teaching models. Expertise and openness to interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the ability to work in a team, are also required.

Your profile:

  • Completed doctoral or PhD studies relevant to the position from a domestic or equivalent foreign university or research institution
  • The qualification for teaching at university level (venia docendi) acquired at a domestic or equivalent foreign university or an academic qualification recognizable as being equivalent to the venia docendi
  • High scientific reputation, proven by publications in internationally prestigious scientific journals, scientific lectures, editorial and expert work, organization of conferences, grants etc.
  • Enthusiasm and skill for excellent teaching (primarily in German), teaching experience at universities as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in every phase of their academic careers (bachelor, master or doctorate), to supervise academic work and to support young academic colleagues
  • Experience in the acquisition, execution and management of research projects
  • Relevant joint research experience with national and international reputation as well as the ability to form networks, proven e.g. by extended relevant stays abroad or through cooperation with foreign universities and research institutions
  • The ability and willingness to manage a research division or a research group
  • Pedagogic and didactic suitability for academic teaching in German and English
  • Experience in the supervision of scientific work of students
  • The prospective position holder has team working abilities, ideally, gender competence and experience in the promotion of young researchers and the advancement of female students/colleagues/ employees
  • It is expected that the future holder of the position will shift his/her center of life to Vienna (on-site presence)
  • In case there is no adequate knowledge of German, willingness to quickly learn German is presupposed for teaching in bachelor programs and participation in management of the institute and the faculty as well as in university bodies

We offer:

  • Excellent working conditions in an attractive research environment
  • Attractive salary, a company pension scheme additional to the national social insurance, other additional benefits (see also: Fringe-Benefit Catalogue of TU Wien)
  • Financial support of research activities in the first years (equipment endowment, etc.)
  • Support in moving to Vienna (if required)
  • Dual career advice (if required): we offer partners and families of the university professors appointed to TU Wien various support opportunities tailored to their individual situation
  • A cooperative environment in a city with an extraordinary high quality of life
TU Wien is committed to increase female employment in leading scientific positions. Female candidates are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given when equally qualified.

People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the confidant for disabled persons at the university (contact: gerhard.neustaetter@tuwien.ac.at)
Classification in the A1 category of the collective bargaining agreement for employees of universities and a full-time minimum salary of EUR 74.503,80 gross annual is provided for. In addition, a company pension scheme (pension fund and employee benefit fund) will be set up, so that personnel benefits will increase by a total of 11.53%. A higher salary depending on qualifications and experience is categorically a subject of appointment negotiations.

General information can be found at the following links:
Applications in German or English must include at least the following documents:
  • A detailed curriculum vitae (complete with professional and academic background) with a list of publications and information about third-party and/or research funding obtained, lecturing and teaching activities
  • A short motivation letter
  • A presentation of previous academic activities including a list of publications, a survey of research and development projects carried out and of funding/grants (volume, duration, funding body etc.), a list of patents, editorial and expert work, organized conferences and prices etc.
  • Copies of five of the most important publications
  • A list of lecturing and teaching activities evidenced by a list of the university courses held so far including also a list of supervised scientific works of students (such as bachelor, master theses as well as doctoral theses) and a list of invited lectures
  • A research and teaching concept with considerations on the future positioning and further development of the field. A logical concept for research and research-led teaching at the Faculty, encompassing 5-7 pages; including an abstract.
  • Relevant certificates and official letters should be uploaded under the category: +add more documents

We look forward to your complete application documents by 28.01.2021.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

Application Management:
Phone: +43 (1) 58801 406201 Carmen Keck, Information on the application process

Faculty for Architecture and Planning:
Phone: +43 (1) 58801 25000 Dean Univ.Prof. Rudolf Scheuvens
Phone: +43 (1) 58801 25005 Dean’s Office Architecture and Planning, Georg Penthor

Appointment Service: On-going appointment procedures
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