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University Assistant with 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!

The University of Graz Field of Excellence “Climate Change Graz” offers a highly attractive research and teaching environment, with world leading faculty across the relevant disciplines involved from its schools of social sciences and economics, natural sciences, environmental sciences, and the humanities. The Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change hosts research groups from these fields, providing a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment. You will join a new research team working on Complex System Science and System Transformation led by Prof. Ilona M. Otto. You will work on highly relevant topics in an international environment and you will contribute to solving essential social and environmental challenges. The group will collaborate with academic and business partners abroad. Exchange and research stays and visits at partner institutes will be supported.

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

University Assistant with doctorate

(40 hours a week; fixed-term employment for the period of 6 years; position to be filled as of October 1st 2020 )

Your duties

  • Carrying out research in the area of complex systems, system transformation, and human agency in the World-Earth system in the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, within the research group of Prof. Otto “Social Complexity and System Transformation”, and in close collaboration with the other research groups at the Center and the Field of Excellence “Climate Change Graz”
  • Developing a new modelling framework as well as specific model components
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Interactions with stakeholders and relevant societal actors
  • Dedicated publication activities in innovative climate complex systems research areas
  • Participation in the application of research grants
  • Teaching in the bachelor and master programs in Environmental System Sciences (max. 4 academic hours per semester; teaching language German and English)
  • Participation in organisational and administrative tasks

Your profile

  • Doctorate/Ph.D. in physics, computer sciences, economics, environmental systems sciences or a related field (completed at commencement of the position)
  • Outstanding research record in the area of complex systems research, human-environmental system modelling or a closely related field, preferably with research experience on climate change
  • Experience with analysing large data sets and modelling tools used in human-environment system modelling and simulations
  • Programming skills, preferably in R, Python, and C++
  • Teaching experience
  • Fluency in English and experience in publishing papers in English
  • Strong dedication to scientific excellence in research and teaching and ability to also inspire collaborators and students
  • Ability to perform independent research as well as to collaborate in research teams
  • Structured and goal-oriented thinking
  • Oy of working with people in an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented environment
  • Responsible work style and distinct problem solving skills

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 3889.50 gross/month. 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: September 2nd 2020
Reference Number: MB/182/99 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 to:


For further information please contact Prof. Ilona M. Otto (ilona.otto@uni-graz.at).

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+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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