Job opportunity: Full Professor of Economic Sociology

( 2669-95)
WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is currently inviting applications for the position of a Full Professor1 of Economic Sociology at the Department of Socioeconomics.

1 employed under salary group A 1 pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Employees [Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitäten], minimum gross yearly salary: € 65,769.20; the actual annual gross salary is subject to negotiation

WU is the largest business university in the European Union and is centrally located at the heart of Europe. The University maintains an excellent position as a center for research and teaching and attracts an international group of students and faculty. It offers a broad range of subjects in all areas of economics and business administration. WU is one of only four universities in the German-speaking world to have been awarded the full five-year EQUIS accreditation and is striving to achieve a top position among the leading European business universities. For details, please see

Applicants should have: a) a high level academic qualification (e.g. PhD, habilitation) in Sociology; b) an outstanding publication record in Economic Sociology and/or Social Theory; c) a strong record in attracting research funding; d) demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and teaching experience in the field of interest; and e) proven leadership qualities. Preference will be given to candidates with an international reputation in high quality scholarship in Economic Sociology and a background in socioeconomics.

Applicants are familiar with general sociological theories and preferably conduct theoretical and empirical research linked to modern economies, market societies and structures of the welfare state. The main point of reference is the theoretical and empirical analysis of social construction, perception and evaluation of the dynamics of modern economies. The successful candidate is expected to teach courses in Social Theory and Economic Sociology at the bachelor, master and PhD levels, especially in the two Masters’ Programs offered by the Department. Teaching experience in English is required. Non-German-speaking candidates will be expected to acquire proficiency in German over a certain period of time.

Within the context of the Department of Socioeconomics, applicants will meet the challenge of interdisciplinary work, both in research and teaching. They are expected to cultivate an environment of collaboration and should be capable of linking to the Department’s core re-search areas dealing with a range of socioeconomic issues and global challenges relevant to modern societies, as well as actively supporting the science-society interface. The new professor is also expected to take an active role in the University’s self-governance.

For details of the position, please contact Professor Ulrike Schneider, Chair, Department of Socioeconomics, by phone: ++43-1-31336-5872, or email:

Candidates should send their applications in English to the Rector of WU, Professor Christoph Badelt, Welthandelsplatz 1, A-1020 Vienna. Electronic applications can be sent to Please quote the reference no. given above when submitting your application.

Applications should include a cover letter demonstrating the candidates’ fit with the position requirements and their contribution to the Department’s research and teaching agenda, their curriculum vitae, contact information for at least two professional references; a publication list, a list of research grants, a list of doctoral theses supervised. They should also provide a statement of their teaching philosophy, a list of courses taught and course evaluations.

Applications must be submitted by 19th November 2014.

WU is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to increase the number of its female faculty members. Therefore qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference. WU has established an Equal Opportunities Working Group, which is involved in all selection proceedings pursuant to § 42 of the 2002 Universities Act.


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