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Job opportunity: Full Professor of Economic Sociology

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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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The academic positions I’ll apply for…some day


The Ruhr-Universität Bochum – faculty of Social Sciences invites applications for the position of a Professor (W2) of Sociology /  (successor Prof. Strohmeier) starting the earliest possible date.

 The Chair represents urban and regional studies from a broad spectrum. Applicants are required to have their main emphasis in the following topics:
  • spatial distribution patterns of life situations and life styles within the context of urban and regional social change,
  • labour and housing markets in an urban, a regional and global context,
  • social urban integration problems (immigration, small scale segregation and local participation) in cities,
  • social and demographic changes in comparison.

The professorship is coupled with responsibilities as head of the Centre of Interdisciplinary Regional Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Regional­forschung, ZEFIR). The future holder of the post has to fulfil teaching perfor­mance for the Bachelor programme in basic and advanced modules and in the Master programme, specifically in the “Urban and Regional Development” study programme. The applicant is expected to contribute in the faculty’s research clusters “Labour and Social Structure” and “Public Sector and State Action” as well as interdisciplinary cooperation with other teaching and research units of the faculty and the university.

Positive evaluation as a junior professor or equivalent academic achievement (e.g. habilitation) and evidence of special aptitude are just as much required as the willingness to participate in the self-governing bodies of the RUB and to generally get involved in university processes according to RUB’s mission statement. We expect further more:
  • high commitment in teaching,
  • readiness to participate in interdisciplinary academic work,
  • willingness and ability to attract external funding,
  • fostering of international connections of the subject in research and teaching.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunities employer.

Complete applications with the usual documents should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum, Germany (e-mail: no later than 07.11.2014.

Professorship in Urban-Rural Transformations

University of Basel

The University of Basel, Switzerland, invites applications for a full time tenure track or tenured Professorship in Urban-Rural Transformations at the assistant, associate, or full professor level.

We are seeking applicants with a track record in research and teaching on the shaping of space in the urban-rural continuum, focused on current ecologic, political and architectural developments at the global level. Potential candidates should have a background in political and urban ecology, human geo­graphy or a related field and demonstrate a strong interest in methodological approaches to landscape research and planning.

The University of Basel is creating this new position within a new interdisciplinary MSc program in Urban and Landscape Studies. The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues from anthro­pology, geography, art history, and further disciplines in designing this program and participate in PhD programs. He or she will also contribute to developing architectural and social science competences at the University of Basel, especially within the frame of a collaboration with the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

A Ph.D. or comparable professional experience, significant publications, and a teaching record are requi­red. Responsibilities will include teaching at all levels, research, advising, and administration. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The position will begin August 1, 2015 (teaching duties to begin mid-September 2015).

To ensure that your application is given full consideration, all necessary files should be submitted by September 15, 2014. Applications must be sent electronically to:

For additional information please contact: Dr. Amrita Zahir ( ), Prof. Dr. Nikolaus J. Kuhn (

The University of Basel is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and encourages all qualified applications irrespective of gender or physical disabilities