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Call for applications for Six fully funded doctoral positions at the Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies (Three years, non tenure)


Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies, deadline: 05.06.20


The newly established Vienna Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies (SHCS) invites applications from excellent doctoral candidates who intend to pursue their PhD in a vibrant, international academic environment at the University of Vienna.

Currently, the SHCS comprises 80 faculty members and 230 doctoral students. It offers a unique combination of a broad range of interrelated programs in historical and cultural studies (see more at and provides well structured support and top level specialist supervision to enhance your excellence in research and provide you with outstanding international visibility.

We invite applications for one of our seven research clusters to begin your doctoral studies in the Winter Semester 2020. 

  • Ancient, Byzantine and Medieval Studies
  • East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Archeology and Material Culture
  • Art History and Visual Culture
  • Social and Economic Spaces
  • State, Politics, Governance in Historical Perspective
  • Women’s and Gender History 

To apply, you must hold an MA or equivalent degree. Please send an outline of your research project (15.000 characters), a CV, reference letters by two senior scholars, and a statement, why you would like to join the cluster of your choice. Applications will be accepted until June 5th, 2020. You will be informed about the outcome of your application by September 6, 2020. The semester begins October 1st, 2020

The successful applicants’ primary task will be to complete a PhD degree. Active involvement in the activities of the SHCS is expected, while participation in relevant graduate courses offered at Vienna University is required. You will conduct courses and you will participate in the evaluation and quality assurance of the school. The salary is corresponds to the collective agreement for Universities and is limited to a duration of three years. In addition, travel and publication funds are partly available upon application and depending on budget restrictions. Successful applicants will be employed as University Assistant (prae doc). Their contract will run for 3 years and comes with full social security and health insurance benefits. No extra housing allowance will be provided.

Job assignments

The PhD student is expected to complete a PhD education in economic history during the period of employment. The main component of this education is to write a doctoral dissertation. Other tasks, including teaching and administrative duties, might be necessary to some extent, and will then render an extension of the PhD education to an equivalent degree.


Duration of employment: 3 years

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: 
Participation in research, teaching and administration:

  • Participation in research projects / research studies
  • Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations
  • We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months. 
  • Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement 
  • Supervision of students
  • Involvement in the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums
  • Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration


  • Professional competence 
  • Methodological competence 
  • Didactic competence 
  • 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

Desirable qualifications are 

  • Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
  • Knowledge of university processes and structures
  • Experience abroad
  • Basic experience in research methods and academic writing

Application documents

  • Letter of Motivation including ideas for a prospective doctoral project proposal
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Degree certificatess
  • reference letters by two senior scholars
Contact: Peter Becker:

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