Job announcement: University Assistant (pre doc)


The Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to fill the position of a University Assistant (pre 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 prae doc will join the group of University Professor Sarah R Davies, which focuses on Technosciences, Materiality, and Digital Cultures. Their research project will explore interactions between technoscience and digitisation in universities, research organisations, and other spaces and practices of knowledge production. Their research plans may include, but are not limited to, studies of:
• 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:
The successful candidate will work on a PhD dissertation, participate in research activities of the group and department, and contribute to the administration and organisation of the department and its teaching (participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement).
We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.

The candidate must demonstrate the following:
• University degree (Master or equivalent) in the Social Sciences or in another field, if the applicant can provide evidence of significant prior experience in Science and Technology Studies;
• Knowledge of the theories and methods of Science and Technology Studies;
• Ability to successfully plan, conduct, and write up research;
• Motivation to contribute to innovative interdisciplinary teaching;
• Excellent proficiency in English. Proficiency in German (or readiness to acquire it) is an advantage.

The ideal candidate should also demonstrate the following:
• Ability and interest in team work;
• Excellent organisational skills and the capacity to make long-term plans;
• High reliability.

Required documents:
• Curriculum Vitae;
• Letter of motivation specifying your capacities in the above mentioned areas of work;
• Transcripts of prior academic studies;
• A 3-5 page exposé (outline) for your proposed PhD project in Science and Technology Studies on a topic relating to technoscience and digitisation in spaces of knowledge production (references not included in page count);
• A list of five key references that you think should be covered in an introductory course to Science and Technology Studies at a bachelor level, including a brief (two sentence) justification per reference;
• Names and contact details of two referees.

The anticipated start date of the position is January 2021.
Duration of employment:
4 year/s
Extent of Employment: 
30 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 11248.

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.