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University Assistant (prae doc) at the Department of Meteorology and Geophysics

29.11.2018 - University of Vienna, Austria

The Section of Geophysics is seeking to fill a predoctoral position in the field of seismology. The successful candidate is expected to perform research and teaching, and to write a dissertation. The topic will be on structure/deformation of the Earth`s crust/mantle or the near-surface region, ideally in connection with the international AlpArray project (European Alps). Analyzing data from broadband seismological instruments and performing field experiments using our autonomous short-period (Nodal) instruments are an integral part of the thesis. Interest in seismological modeling would also be highly appreciated. The region of study is particularly interesting due to the active deformation, the seismic hazard in a populated area, the presence of hydrocarbon resources (and the oil industry), and international organizations, e.g. the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).

Duration of employment: 4 year/s
Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
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.

Job Description:
Participation in research, teaching and administration; in particular participation in research studies, and in writing publications. We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months. Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement.


  • Completed Diploma or Master degree in Geophysics or neighbouring disciplines, e.g. Physics
  • Computer and programming knowledge are required
  • Knowledge of English language is a must (excellent command of written and spoken English), German language is a bonus
  • Methodological and didactic competence
  • Good ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Basic experience in research methods and academic writing

Application documents:

  • Letter of motiviation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
  • Degree certificates
  • Names and addresses of two potential referees, who are willing to send letters of recommendation

Research fields:
Main research field Geosciences Special research fields General geophysics;Applied geophysics Importance MUST

Educational institution University Educational level Natural Sciences Special subject Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy Importance MUST

Language English Language level Very good knowledge Importance MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 05.12.2018, mentioning reference number 9006.
For further information please contact Bokelmann, Götz +43-1-4277-53720.