Ausschreibung von Professuren


    61. Ausschreibung der Stelle eines University Professor of Psychology of the Human-Animal Relationship

    A joint professorship in the field of psychology to research the human-animal relationship is announced at the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna. This joint professorship between the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna (50%) and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna (50%) is supported by and assigned to the Messerli Research Institute.

    University Professor of Psychology of the Human-Animal Relationship according to § 98 UG 2002

    (private sector, full-time, open-ended term) Since both universities aim to increase the proportion of women, particularly in management and scientific positions, qualified women are hereby expressly invited to apply. In cases of equivalent qualifications, women will be given preference in hiring.

    It is expected for this professorship to result in contributions (in both the basic and applied areas) to a nuanced understanding of the psychology of human-animal interactions. The research methodology used should be empirical. The research profile of the candidate should be based in any area of psychology, and the candidate should possess an interest in developing an orientation towards the juncture of psychology with other disciplines such as neuro-cognitive science, cultural and social science, or medicine.

    In particular, the successful candidate for this professorship should cultivate promising alliances: on the one hand, to Messerli Research Institute professorships in the areas of Comparative Cognition, Comparative Medicine and Ethics and Human-Animal Studies (see Weblink Ethics and Human-Animal Studies;  [Link 1] [Link 2]); on the other hand, to professorships at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna, including to the curricula established there for teaching (see Weblink University of Vienna [Link 3]; [Link 4]), and to other research initiatives and research focal points at both universities.

    The interdisciplinary orientation of the Messerli Research Institute requires the successful candidate to bring a significant readiness to work together with the humanities and the natural and social science fields, to carry out interdisciplinary projects and to gear teaching at the Messerli Research Institute towards the multidisciplinary orientation of the master’s programme.

    Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

    • Doctoral or post-doc experience at a university or other research institution (successful completion of a commensurate degree from a national higher education institution or foreign equivalent)
    • Outstanding achievement in research, international reputation and excellent publication track record, also integration into the international scientific community; habilitation in a relevant field (venia docendi) or an internationally recognized equivalent qualification is required.
    • Experience in the conception, funding and management of large research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to head up research groups
    • Experience in university-level teaching and the ability and willingness to teach at all curricular levels (bachelor, master, doctoral), to supervise theses and foster new scientific talent

    The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna and the University of Vienna expect the successful candidate to acquire sufficient German language proficiency (within 3 years) for teaching at the bachelor’s programme level and participating in University bodies.

    Successful candidates are offered:

    • An attractive and dynamically evolving research location in a city with a high quality of life, in a country with well-developed policy instruments for the promotion of research
    • Attractive/adequate, negotiable and performance-based compensation; pension fund
    • A start-up package for the establishment of research projects
    • Support for the relocation of the successful candidate’s main residence to Vienna

    Interested candidates should submit an application with—at a minimum—the following materials:

    • Scientific résumé
    • Index of publications, to include:
    1. Identifying of the five most important publications in the context of the professorship, with commentary about these in the cover letter to the application
    2. Listing of Internet links for downloading pdf versions of these five publications or inclusion of a data storage medium with pdfs of these files
    • Index of lectures, as well as detailed information about guest speaker invitations at international conferences
    • Short description of current research interests and research plans for the near future
    • Information about externally funded projects
    • Evidence of teaching qualifications:
    1. Short description of the main areas of emphasis in teaching up to the present (incl. applied teaching concepts and preferred teaching methods), also information regarding dissertations supervised, including a description of the supervisory approach
    2. Additional information that the candidate wishes to include as evidence of teaching qualifications

    University professors are classified into deployment group A1 according to the collective contract for university employees (see Weblink to University of Vienna [Link 5]). Individual compensation negotiations will take into consideration the candidate’s career history and, in case of an appointment from outside of Austria, possible differences in taxation policies.

    Applications are due in electronic form (preferably pdf) in English or German at the latest by 31 July 2015; they should be marked with the identifier 314/2015 and sent to the Senate (send E-Mail to Senate [Link 6]).

    Für das Rektorat:
    Dr. Sonja Hammerschmid


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    • Darstellung der bisherigen Erfahrungen im Bereich Organisation, Management und Führungsaufgaben
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