University of Klagenfurt: University assistant predoctoral

The University of Klagenfurt, with approximately 1,500 employees and over 12,000 students, is located in the Alps-Adriatic region and consistently achieves excellent placements in rankings. The
motto “per aspera ad astra” underscores our firm commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all activities in research, teaching and university management. The principles of equality, diversity,
health, sustainability and compatibility of work and family life serve as the foundation for our work at the university.

The University of Klagenfurt is pleased to announce the following open position at the Department of Geography and Regional Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences with an expected starting date of September 1st, 2024:

University assistant predoctoral (all genders welcome) (in German: Universitätsassistent:in)

Level of employment: 100 % (40 hours/week)
Minimum salary: € 50,103.20 gross per year; classification according to collective agreement: B 1
Limited to: 4 years
Application deadline: July 10th, 2024
Reference code: 361/24


Task and Responsibilities:
• Independent scientific work with the aim of writing a doctoral thesis;
• Independent organisation of courses in the field of economic geography and methods;
• Examination activities and supervision of students;
• Collaboration in research and teaching projects of the department of Geography and Regional Research;
• Participation in organisational and administrative tasks, quality assurance measures and public relations measures

Prerequisites for the appointment:
• A very good Master’s or Diploma degree in geography or related disciplines from a domestic or foreign higher education institution;
• Proven methodological skills;
• Proven interest in economic geography issues;
• Very good knowledge of English;
• Ability to work in a team

Additional desired qualifications:
• Research interest in industrial dynamics, especially in relation to digitalization or sustainability transitions;
• Basic experience in university teaching;
• Basic experiences in research operations;
• German language skills

Our offer:
The employment contract is concluded with a starting salary of € 3,578.80 gross per month (14 times a year; previous experience deemed relevant to the job can be recognized in accordance
with the collective agreement).

The University of Klagenfurt also offers:
• Personal and professional development programmes, management and career coaching
• Numerous attractive additional benefits, see
• Diversity and family-friendly university culture
• Living and working in the attractive Alps-Adriatic region with a wide range of leisure activities in the areas of culture, nature and sport

The application:
If you are interested in this position, please apply in German or English providing the following documents:
• Letter of application
• Curriculum vitae
• Certificates / Confirmations
• Writing sample (e.g. working paper, final thesis)
• Research statement (1-2 pages)

This position serves the professional and scientific education of graduates of a Master’s or Diploma programme with the aim of completing a doctoral/Ph.D. programme in geography. Applications from persons who already hold a doctorate or Ph.D. in a relevant subject can therefore not be considered. To apply, please select the position with the reference code 361/24 in the category “Scientific Staff” using the link “Apply for this position” in the job portal at

Candidates must furnish proof that they meet the required qualifications by July 10th, 2024 at the latest.

For further information on this specific vacancy, please contact Max-Peter Menzel ( General information about the university as an employer can be found at At the University of Klagenfurt, recruitment and staff matters are accompanied not only by the authority responsible for the recruitment
procedure but also by the Equal Opportunities Working Group and, if necessary, by the Representative for Disabled Persons. The University of Klagenfurt emphasises anti-discrimination, equal opportunities and diversity as part of its personnel policy.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases, who fulfil the requirements, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs incurred during the application process will not be refunded.

Translations into other languages shall serve informational purposes only. Solely the version advertised in the University Bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) shall be legally binding.