Thursday, July 20, 2017

University Assistant Position (Palaeoichthyology), University of Vienna, Austria

This posting is a bit late (sorry) but they may still be accepting applications.

Closing Date: 11 July 2017

We invite applications for a 6-year university assistant position (post doc; "Universitätsassistent/in") at the Department of Palaeontology of the University of Vienna. The advertised position is within the “Evolutionary Morphology Research Group” (, which is an interdisciplinary research team working at the interfaces between palaeobiology and evolutionary developmental biology of vertebrates for better understanding their evolutionary history (see also We build on a good working atmosphere, close collaboration with our students and collaborators from other institutions, and self-dependent involvement and co-ordination of research projects.

Job Description.
We are seeking a highly motivated and creative scientist with a strong background in vertebrate palaeontology and a traceable record in palaeoichthyology. We are particularly interested in a scientist who studies the fossil record, diversity patterns, and/or evolutionary history of Mesozoic fishes, both chondrichthyans and actinopterygians. The ideal candidate has a traceable record in peer-reviewed papers including, but not restricted to, Mesozoic fishes. We are particularly interested in applicants who will expand our current Mesozoic research programs and establish new research directions that supplement the main topics of our research group and have the potential to build new connections within the faculty and university, but also with research groups outside the university.

The position is intended for further qualification (German "Habilitation"). We are seeking a highly motivated applicant with a track-record of international publications. The working language of the group is predominantly English, and applicants from abroad are encouraged to apply.

  • Support the Chair of Palaeobiology and Vertebrate Palaeontology in research and teaching.
  • Supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students.
  • Teach courses in the Bachelor and Masters Programs in Geo- and Life Sciences.
  • Support the head (Dr. C. Pfaff) of our micro-CT lab.
  • Acquire third-party funding through national and/or international funding agencies.
  • Participate in the academic self-administration.

The successful candidate is a highly skilled and dedicated Earth or Life Science student who is committed to state-of-the art research. She or he is expected to hold a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent) in palaeontology, palaeobiology, evolutionary biology or zoology. Documented knowledge of palaeobiology, animal anatomy, geology and/or sedimentology is a merit. Documented experience in scientific writing, such as publications essays or equivalent in peer-reviewed journals, in English is essential. We are looking for an independent and innovative person who thrives in a dynamic research environment. The project requires close collaboration with international scientists, and accordingly the applicant should be able to work both independently and collaboratively. Moreover, the applicant is responsible for parts of her/his research projects.

Application procedure
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 11.07.2017, mentioning reference number 7696.

For further information please contact Kriwet, Jürgen (Phone: +43-1-4277-53520; e-mail:

The University of Vienna pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 7696

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