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Job vacancy: University assistant (pre-doc)

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TU Wien is Austria's largest institution of research and higher education in the fields of technology and natural sciences. With over 26,000 students and more than 4000 scientists, research, teaching and learning dedicated to the advancement of science and technology have been conducted here for more than 200 years, guided by the motto "Technology for People". As a driver of innovation, TU Wien fosters close collaboration with business and industry and contributes to the prosperity of society.

At the Institute of Spatial Planning, in the Research Unit of Urban and Regional Research TU Wien is offering a position as university assistant (prae-doc), for a 4 year contract period for 30 hours/week. With this position we seek to strengthen our research focus on digitalisation, digital twins, AI and spatial analysis. Enhancing the number of hours per week to a full-time position is possible and desirable through the contribution to externally funded research projects.


  • Excellent research in the field of urban and regional science, and completion of a dissertation
  • Participation in research projects in the research fields of the research unit
  • Presentation of research results and participation in scientific meetings
  • Contribution to teaching activities, preparation of teaching materials, (co-)supervision of exercises, exams, bachelor’s, and master’s theses
  • Participation in research projects
  • Assistance/Collaboration in organizational and administrative tasks

Your profile

  • Excellent master's level degree or expectation to obtain one within a few months in a relevant field, ideally in spatial planning, geography, or other relevant fields. 
  • Curious and highly motivated for scientific research in the field of urban and regional sciences
  • Initial experience with research projects (e.g., thesis, internships, publications)
  • Knowledge of or substantial interest in emerging and existing digital tools (e.g. GIS, BIM, Phyton, R or quantitative methods of urban and regional analysis)
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Very good spoken and written English. Knowledge of German (language level B2) or willingness to learn it in the first year
  • Experience or interest to contribute to interdisciplinary research
  • Willingness to contribute to third-party funded research projects and interest
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, problem-solving skills and ability to think innovatively.

We offer

  • A wide variety and exciting range of tasks in a collegial team
  • Hybrid working style with up to 60% home office option
  • A range of attractive social benefits (see Fringe-Benefit Catalogue of TU Wien)
  • Wide range of internal and external training opportunities, various career options
  • Central location of workplace as well as good accessibility (U1/U4 Karlsplatz)

TU Wien is committed to increasing the proportion of women in particular in leadership positions. Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to women when equally qualified, unless reasons specific to a male applicant tilt the balance in his favour.

People with special needs are equally encouraged to apply. In case of any questions, please contact the confidant for disabled persons at the university, Mr. Gerhard Neustätter.

Entry level salary is determined by the pay grade B1 of the Austrian collective agreement for university staff. This is a minimum of currently EUR 2,458.00/month gross, 14 times/year for 30 hours/week. Relevant working experiences may increase the monthly income.

We look forward to receiving your application, opens an external URL in a new window until January 18th, 2024.
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