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Apply now: University assistant with doctorate

Wednesday, 07 September 2022

Field of Excellence Climate Change and Sustainable Transformation/research group "Economics of Climate and Environmental Change" – 40 hours a week, fixed-term employment for 6 years, position to be filled as of 15.11.2022


At the University of Graz, researchers and students work across a broad disciplinary spectrum to enlarge our knowledge, and find strategies to deal with challenges our society is confronted with and to shape tomorrow’s world. The University of Graz is a place which combines high quality academic research and teaching, where achievement is rewarded, careers are promoted, and social diversity is encouraged – all within a modern, award-winning working environment. Our motto: We work for tomorrow. Join us!

The Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change is looking for a

University assistant with doctorate (m/f/d)
40 hours a week, fixed-term employment for 6 years*, position to be filled as of 15.11.2022

The Field of Excellence Climate Change and Sustainable Transformation at the University of Graz offers a particularly attractive research and teaching environment with internationally leading researchers in the relevant disciplines in the schools of social and economic sciences, natural sciences, environmental sciences and humanities. The Wegener Center creates a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment with research groups from different disciplines under one roof.

Your duties

  • Independent and cooperative research in environmental economics in the research group "Economics of Climate and Environmental Change" at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change and in cooperation with the Institute of Economics
  • Focus on quantitative and policy-oriented research with a good theoretical foundation
  • Committed publication activity in innovative climate economics research areas
  • Involvement in the preparation and implementation of research projects (with third-party funding)
  • Independent teaching in the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in Environmental Systems Science and Economics (max. 4 hours per semester, in German and English) and conduct examinations autonomously
  • Student support and supervision
  • Cooperation on organisational and administrative tasks as well as evaluation measures

Your Profile

  • Completed doctorate/PhD in the field of economics or a related field (completed at the time of taking up the position)
  • Outstanding research record in environmental economics or a closely related subfield of economics, preferably with research experience on climate change (such as net zero transformation, just transition, adaptation, cascading/compound climate risks, or ecosystem services and climate change)
  • Experience in quantitative/empirical research with relevance for policymakers and society as well as with a good theoretical foundation
  • Teaching experience in environmental, climate and/or energy economics (desirable)
  • Experience in third-party funded research, especially in international cooperation projects (desirable)
  • Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research (desirable)
  • Experience in working in university committees (desirable)
  • Very good knowledge of English and experience in research publications
  • High personal motivation for scientific excellence in research and teaching as well as ability to inspire colleagues and students
  • Ability to conduct independent research and to work in research teams
  • Enjoy working with people in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment
  • Responsible approach to work, resilience and problem-solving skills

Our Offer

Classification: Salary scheme of the Universitäten-KV (University Collective Agreement): B1

The minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement and according to the classification scheme is EUR 4.061,50 gross/month (for full-time employment). This minimum salary may be higher due to previous employment periods eligible for inclusion and other earnings and remunerations.

We offer you a job with a lot of responsibility and variety. You can expect an enjoyable work climate, flexible work hours and numerous possibilities for further education and personal development. Take advantage of the chance to enter into a challenging work environment full of team spirit and enthusiasm for your job.

Application deadline: 12.10.2022. >> Apply now!

The University of Graz strives to increase the proportion of women in particular in management and faculty positions and therefore encourages qualified women to apply.

Especially with regard to academic staff, we welcome applications from persons with disabilities who meet the requirements of the advertised position.

Applicants with proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be given preference if equally qualified. For further information, please refer to our general application regulations.

* Please note the limitations of § 109 UG (university act), especially in the case of short contract terms. For further information, please refer to our general application regulations.

For further information or questions, please contact:

Please note that in order to comply with the applicable data protection regulations, we can only accept applications via our web-based applicant tool for this vacant position.
Please add a letter of motivation, a letter of recommendation, a publication record including DOIs, and a transcript of records via the upload fields in the application form.

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