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University Assistant without doctorate

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!

Based on a call on “Unconventional Research on Digital Technologies”, a doctoral thesis should develop a method to identify soil surface communities of plants (so-called biological soil crusts), which widely cover dryland soils all over the world. This algorithm should allow the identification of different communities occurring in varying habitats.

The Institute of Biology is looking for a

University Assistant without doctorate

(30 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 3 years; position to be filled as of now )

Your duties

  • Development of digital identification tool for soil surface communities, based on artificial intelligence and deep learning methods
  • Development of an app, which will allow to use the biocrust identification algorithm to classify photographs taken with the mobile phone
  • Participation in research projects and their initiation
  • Conducting courses and supervising students in thematic relation with the project
  • Participation in the institute's organizational and administrative tasks
  • Possibility to work on a relevant dissertation

Your profile

  • Completed master’s degree in natural sciences
  • Very good knowledge in the field of image analysis
  • Knowledge on artificial intelligence and deep learning methods (desirable)
  • Knowledge in computer programming and app development (desirable)
  • Very good reading and writing skills in English
  • Ability for independent research work
  • Didactic skills for independent teaching (desirable)
  • Organizational skills
  • Competence to work in international and interdisciplinary team
  • High commitment and motivation for scientific work

Our offer


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

Minimum salary

The minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement and according to the classification scheme is EUR 2196.80 gross/month. This minimum salary may be higher due to previous employment periods eligible for inclusion and other earnings and remunerations.

Application Deadline: August 26th 2020
Reference Number: MB/164/99 ex 2019/20

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.

If you are interested, please submit your application documents before the stated deadline. Make sure to indicate the reference number on your application and please send your CV and photo to:


For further questions, please feel invited to contact Prof. Dr. Bettina Weber by email to Bettina.weber@uni-graz.at or by phone: +43 (0) 316 380 5694

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Halbärthgasse 88010 Graz
+43 (0)316 380 - 2150


Halbärthgasse 88010 Graz
+43 (0)316 380 - 2150

Travel costs

Travel costs that arise in relation with the selection process will not be replaced by the University of Graz.

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