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Call for Applications – Full Professorship at the University of Vienna – Deadline September 29th, 2021

At the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna the position of a University Professor of Korean Studies (full time, permanent position) is to be filled.

As specified in the University`s Development Plan, the position is to be linked to the research area “Global Cultures and Identities”.

Korean Studies at the University of Vienna are focused on current affairs. Based on a solid cultural and historical foundation, the focus in research and especially in teaching is mainly on the society of Korea in the 20th and 21st century. The successful candidate must show a strong record of high-quality publications and competitive research grants in one or more of the following areas (alphabetic order, no expression of priorities):

— Cultural and art history

— Digital humanities

— Literature, media and popular culture

— Religion and society

— Urbanization, migration, and environmental studies

— Welfare and sociology

A comparative intraregional or transregional perspective on other countries in East Asia is considered an advantage.

The successful candidate is expected to teach eight hours per semester at all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD), to supervise theses and dissertations, to support young academics and to actively participate in the university’s self-governance. He or she will also have the task to re-organize and modernize the Korean Studies program in response to a surging demand in the past years.

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

·         Doctoral degree/PhD and substantial post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution

·         Habilitation (venia docendi) in a subject field relevant to this position or an internationally accepted equivalent qualification is

·         Outstanding achievements in research, excellent publication record, international reputation

·         Experience in designing, procuring and managing large research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to lead research

·         Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in all
phases of their studies (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promoting young academic

·         Moreover, the successful candidate should be prepared to teach on topics related to Korean popular culture regardless of
research specialization

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees. In addition, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to be prepared to take over responsibility on the organisational level of the Faculty and the University.

We offer:

·         a negotiable and attractive salary (classification according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff, allocation to job group A1; section 98 of the Universities Act 2002); the salary will be individually negotiated under consideration of the previous career development and the current income situation

·         in addition to the statutory social insurance, the University of Vienna offers a pension fund to its employees

·         a “start-up package”, in particular for the initiation of research projects

·         a dynamic research location with well-established research funding provisions

·         attractive working conditions in a city with a high quality of life

·         comprehensive advice and support in relation to finding an accommodation, change of schools and dual career

·         a wide range of support services offered by central service institutions

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

Application documents:

·         Application letter, including a brief description of:

·         current research interests and research plans for the immediate future,

·         a career trajectory: How would you describe your academic narrative in the past, present and future?

·         current and planned foci in academic teaching and the supervision of young researchers,

·         your vision for the future development of Korean Studies at the University of Vienna

·         Academic curriculum vitae,
including information about “esteem factors” (e.g. publishing and editing experience, functions in research societies or
programme committees, prizes, awards)

·         List of publications, including:

·        specification of five key publications which the applicant considers particularly relevant to the advertised professorship

·        provision of an Internet link for download or electronic submission of PDF versions of these five publications

·        information about citations and impact factors, depending on the common practice in the relevant research area

·         List of talks given,
including information about invited keynote lectures at international conferences

·         Third-party funds
list of acquired third-party funds (subject, duration, origin, volume) as well as, if applicable, of inventions/patents

·         Overview of previous academic teaching and supervised theses, especially doctoral theses

·         Teaching evaluations

·         Copies of documents and certificates

Applications in German or English should be submitted by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, Univ. Prof. Dr. Melanie Malzahn, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna (

Reference no.: 140-2021

The application deadline is 29 September 2021.

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