Assistant Professor – Institute for Ecological Economics, Vienna

Wirtschafts UniversityPosition Announcement Assistant Professor at WU
Vienna University of Economics and Business,
Institute for Ecological Economics

The Institute for Ecological Economics is currently inviting applications for a full-time Assistant Professor, non-tenure track position (post-doc, employee subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff – Angestellte/r gemäß Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitäten; gross monthly salary, paid 14 times per year: Euro 3,590.70). This employee position will be limited to a period from December 1st, 2016 (commencement date subject to change) until February 28th, 2019.

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.


Assistant Professor non-tenure track, wanted in the area of ecological economics. A key aspect of this work concerns conceptual development and empirical analyses in the areas of ecological macroeconomics, sustainable work or climate economics.

Responsibilities include:

  • contributing to research work, and teaching and administrative tasks as required
  • independent research activities
  • participating in organizational and administrative duties
  • student support activities
  • holding classes independently and conducting examinations

The candidate should be committed to excellence in teaching both on a bachelors and masters level. Teaching load will be eight hours a year (e.g. four courses with a minimum of 22.5 contact hours each). Depending on his or her background, the candidate may teach courses of Sustainable Economy for Bachelor students, the elective of Environment and Economy (theory & methods) as well as courses in the MSc Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy and the MSc Socio-Economics.

The candidate is specifically expected to get involved in research projects and shall fulfill his or her duties in research in cooperation with representatives of the relevant fields both in and outside the University.

Your Profile:

Applicants should have:

  • a doctoral degree or PhD in Economics, Socio-economics, Political Economy, Ecological Economics or Industrial/Employment/Labour Relations
  • a strong research focus, the capability of publishing in top-tier journals in economics and other social sciences
  •  ability to writing grant proposals and attract research funding
  • strong research record in Ecological Economics, especially at the interface of environment, employment, and inequality
  • ongoing international collaborations
  • strong methods skills: policy appraisal, mixed-methods; macroeconomic modelling and analysis also welcome
  • areas of interest should include socio-ecological transformations; dynamic macroeconomics also welcome
  • evidence of ability to critically appraise and understand the drawbacks of orthodox economic approaches and propose alternative transition and transformation pathways
  • advanced understanding of environmental issues and their relationship to economic structures, human behaviour and institutions
  • commitment to excellence in teaching on a bachelors’ and masters’ level and supervision of research assistants
  • commitment to serving the scientific community and taking part in academic self-governance activities capability of disseminating the research findings to a broader audience (policy makers, media)
  • excellent written and communication skills in English are essential
  • international and cross-cultural experience and understanding

Reference Number: 3190
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Application materials can be submitted online until November 9th, 2016.


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