Job announcement: University Assistant (post doc)


The Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to fill the position of a University Assistant (post doc) by January 2021.

The Department of Science and Technology Studies is part of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Science and Technology Studies is a social science field with a strong interdisciplinary orientation that analyses the interactions of science, technology and society. Department research focuses on knowledge and technology cultures, the relations of techno-sciences and publics, and the governance of techno-sciences and society. The department offers the English language master program 'Science-Technology-Society', as well as a number of course formats for other programs.

The post doc will join the group of University Professor Sarah R Davies, which focuses on Technosciences, Materiality, and Digital Cultures. Their research will explore interactions between technoscience and digitisation inside universities, research organisations, and other spaces and practices of knowledge production. Their interests may include, but are not limited to:
• The relation between digitisation and the contemporary conditions of academic labour;
• Digitisation within scientific knowledge production, including studies of data deluges, the co-production of digital technologies and academic work, and mundane use of digital tools;
• Relations between (the rise of) digital tools and scientific responsibility and research integrity;
• The co-production of digitisation and epistemic practice.

Job Description:

• Independent research in Science and Technology Studies;
• Publication of research results in recognised international journals and/or book publishers;
• Application for research funding at funding agencies with a competitive and internationally oriented review system;
• Independent teaching of courses in Science and Technology Studies at the bachelor and master level, as defined by the collective agreement;
• Supervision (or co-supervision) of students at master level;
• Contribution to the administration and management of the research group and department.

• Completed PhD (by the time the position begins);
• Broad knowledge of the topics, theories and methods of Science and Technology Studies;
• Distinct research profile in the area of technoscience and digitisation in public spaces, cultures, and digital environments, expressed in international publications and in a coherent research plan;
• Teaching experience: the candidate should be able to offer thematically focused research seminars as well as introductory courses with a broader thematic spectrum, both at bachelor and master level;
• Excellent proficiency in English; proficiency in German is a strong advantage.

Additional qualifications:
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate ability to work in a team, organising ability, and reliability. Experience in (co-)supervising student theses is also an advantage.

Required documents:
• Letter of motivation;
• Curriculum Vitae;
• Teaching statement, including a syllabus of one or two courses the candidate has taught;
• Two selected papers – or sections of larger publications – as evidence of writing skills;
• A 3-5 page research statement (references not included in page count), including a plan for the course of the 6 year position (this may include plans for a programme of research, for applications for research funding, and for publications);
• The names and contact details of two referees.

The anticipated start date of the position is January 2021.
Duration of employment: 6 year/s
Extent of Employment:
40 hours/week

For further information please contact Prof. Sarah Davies

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 30.09.2020, mentioning reference number 11247.

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.