Professor of Methods of Empirical Social Science/Text Analysis

Deadline: 31 August, 2012
Open to: candidates with  PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university
Remuneration: not specified


The Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of  Vienna announces the position of a Full Professor of Methods of  Empirical Social  Science with a focus on Text Analysis (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.
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 appropriately.


The successful candidate is supposed to represent the whole range of content-analytical techniques – with a particular focus on computer-based techniques in teaching and research.In addition, the candidate will have experience in and a profound knowledge of
communication research. She or he must demonstrate ability to utilize empirical analysis in the study of societies. She/he should have a record of successfully gaining research funding, being the principle investigator on international projects.
Successful 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 responsibility of team leadership
– Experience in university teaching, and willingness and ability to teach at all curricular levels, to supervise theses, and to further the work of junior academic colleagues.
The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in Bachelor programmes and participation in committees.


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
University professors will be classified according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff into the salary group A1.
The salary will be individually negotiated under consideration of the previous career development and in case of an appointment from abroad of the different tax situation. Applications in English should be submitted per e-mail (preferably as PDF attachments) to the dean ofthe Faculty of Social Science of the University of Vienna, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rudolf Richter, (

The deadline is 31 August, 2012.
with *reference 490-25

For further information, please contact:
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kritzinger
Department of Methods in the Social Sciences
University of Vienna
Rooseveltplatz 2
4th floor
A-1090 Vienna
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kritzinger
Phone:+43-1-4277 49902 (Office 49901)
Fax: +43-1-4277 9499

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