Fulltime Assistant Professor/Teaching and Research Associate

The Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development – Prof. Clive L. Spash –  is currently inviting applications for a fulltime Assistant Professor, non-tenure track position (post-doc, gross monthly salary: € 3,483.30) or two (30 hours/week) Teaching and Research Associate positions (pre-doc, minimum gross monthly salary: € 1,961.85, recognition of previous employment – if relevant to the advertised position – possible). ) (Employees pursuant to the terms of the collective bargaining agreement for university employees – Angestellte/r gemaess Kollektivvertrag fuer die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitaeten). These employee positions will be limited to a period of 6 years, starting on February 01, 2015 (commencement date subject to change).

For more detailed information about the position you may contact Prof. Clive L. Spash (clive.spash@wu.ac.at).

Your application must be uploaded to http://goo.gl/CeNQdw  – Ref.No.: 2701

Please note that under the terms of the WU personnel development plan, the position of Assistant Professor, non-tenure track, is limited to an employment period of not more than six years. Applicants who are already employed at WU as substitute employees can therefore only be employed for the time remaining to complete the six-year period. Persons who have already been employed at WU in an Assistant Professor, non-tenure track position cannot be re-employed in this position at WU (except as a substitute employee) due to legal restrictions.

Please note that under the terms of the WU personnel development plan, the position of Teaching and Research Associate is limited to an employment period of not more than six years. Applicants who are already employed at WU as substitute employees can therefore only be employed for the time remaining to complete the six-year period. Persons who have already been employed at WU in a Teaching and Research Associate position can only be re-employed in an Assistant Professor, tenure track position.

Responsibilities:

Teaching and Research Associate or Assistant Professor non-tenure track, wanted in the area of transformation of society in light of on-going social, economic and environmental crises. A key aspect of this work concerns the potential for developing alternative institutions, governance structures, norms of behaviour and ways of organising society. The research agenda is large and complex involving at one level the practical blocks to achieving transformation and at another scientific utopian visions of potential alternative futures. As a result the skills of the successful applicant will determine the direction taken e.g. history of markets and money, structuring societal transformation, living in alternative communities. The overall aim is to inform public policy and governance on the new directions necessary to run a different political economy, from the industrial fossil fuel driven growth machine, where Society-Nature conflicts and Human-Human conflicts are minimized.

Responsibilities for both posts include: contributing to research work, and teaching and administrative tasks as required; assisting with examinations; participating in organizational and administrative duties; student support activities; independent research activities; holding classes independently and conducting examinations.

Your Profile:

Teaching and Research Associate: high level undergraduate and master degree in politics, philosophy and economics or related field(s). Excellence in academic writing. Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary and heterodox political economy research. Commitment and ability to undertake doctoral studies evidenced through a study plan proposal. Strong communication and presentation skills. Experience in teaching.

Assistant Professor: doctoral degree in area of politics, philosophy and economics or related field(s). Research experience showing strong publication ability and potential. Record of ability to attract research grant funding. Evidence of ability to critically appraise and understand the drawbacks of orthodox economic approaches. Excellence in theoretical and applied research to develop new and alternative approaches to political economy in order to address social and environmental problems. Advanced understanding of environmental issues and their relationship to human behaviour and institutional structures.

Both posts: Excellent written and communication skills in English, essential. Good written and communication skills in German, recommended. International and cross cultural experience and understanding.

Both posts, at respective knowledge levels, require interdisciplinary background including the social sciences and research/studies in one (or more) of economics, political science, human geography, social psychology, philosophy, history. Areas of interest should cover one, or ideally more, of the following: political economy, degrowth/post-growth/sufficiency economy, attitude-behaviour research, critical institutional analysis, critical realism, social ecological economics, public policy and governance. Diverse potential topic areas include corporate power and control, the role of markets (past, present and future), democratic institutions and processes, alternative eco-communities.

Other recommended skills include: ability to conduct statistical analysis of data, structured/semi-structured interviews and run small group deliberation. Previous experience of designing and conducting surveys/interviews is helpful for this job. Experience obtaining/managing grants.

Reference Number: 2701

Application materials can be submitted online until 07.01.2015.

Travel and lodging expenses:

We regret that WU cannot reimburse applicants for travel and lodging expenses incurred as part of the selection and/or hiring process.

Equal opportunities:

WU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to increase the number of its female faculty and staff members, especially in management positions. Therefore qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference. WU has an Equal Opportunities Working Group (information in German).

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