Senior Faculty Recruitment
The Senior Faculty Recruitment office handles selection and hiring proceedings for university professors at WU and is part of the team of the Rector’s Council Office.
The team at the Senior Faculty Recruitment office supports the hiring process from the drafting of the call for applications all the way through until the final signing of the employment contract. They assist the Rector and act as a contact interface for everyone involved in the recruitment process.
During the proceedings, the Senior Faculty Recruitment office is available to candidates for questions on a wide variety of topics and also offers support on issues related to moving to and living in Vienna.
Researchers interested in working for WU can contact the Senior Faculty Recruitment team directly, they will be happy to put you in touch with the appropriate contact within WU.
Qualified candidates for a professorship have a proven record of research work and academic publications in their area of specialization.
They should be active members of the international scientific community in their field and have good intercultural skills.
Candidates are expected to teach courses at all academic levels (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral/PhD). The responsibilities of the position may also include teaching executive education courses.
Candidates are also expected to actively participate in university management and in knowledge transfer and dissemination activities. For details on a specific position, please see the respective position announcement.
Applying for a position at WU
Open chairs are published on the WU website under Current Job Openings.
If you are interested in one of our senior faculty position announcements, please apply online under the mentioned current job openings.
Usually, the application documents should include a CV, a list of publications, and an overview of courses taught and lectures/conference presentations given. Please see the respective position announcement for detailed information on the required application documents.
Please note that we can only accept applications that reach us during the official application period (date of receipt).
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 Universities Act 2002.
Any travel expenses incurred for giving a candidate lecture or participating in a hearing at WU will be refunded according to the applicable WU guidelines and directives.
If you are interested in a guest professorship or have any questions or inquiries in this respect, please contact the appropriate academic department at WU, which will provide you with further information.
Senior faculty selection proceedings
§ 98 (and § 99) of the Universities Act 2002 and the Senate Directive on the Appointment of University Professors, Annex 7 of the WU By-Laws, (Berufungsrichtlinien des Senats) provide the legal basis for senior faculty recruitment proceedings at WU.
Call for applications
Announcements of senior faculty positions are initiated by the Rector’s Council. The Senate then convenes a Search Committee, consisting of five full professors, two junior faculty representatives, and two student representatives. The Senate also nominates two assessors, at least one of them from outside WU. The Equal Opportunities Working Group has the right to send two representatives to participate in the committee meetings in an advisory capacity.
Constituent meeting of the Search Committee
In its meeting, the Search Committee first assesses which of the applications received fulfill the application criteria and which must be rejected because the formal criteria are not met. The applications that fulfill the criteria are then forwarded to the assessors. As a first step, the assessors evaluate whether the applicants meet the requirements of the position in question on the basis of the criteria specified in the position announcement. In the next meeting, the Search Committee uses these short evaluations to decide which applicants are invited to give a candidate lecture.
Peer review assessment
Afterwards, once a decision has been made on the candidates under consideration for the final shortlist, the assessors submit detailed, written assessments comparing the different candidates. These comparative assessments serve to determine which of the candidates best fulfill the academic requirements for the position in comparison with the other suitable candidates.
Following the public candidate lectures or hearings, the Search Committee convenes for a further meeting to draw up a shortlist of three candidates considered to be the most suitable applicants for the position, taking into consideration the written assessments. The Rector then selects a candidate from the shortlist and starts appointment negotiations.
Equal Opportunities Working Group & employment contract
The Rector has to inform the Senate and the Equal Opportunities Working Group before she starts negotiations with the candidate of her choice and when an employment contract is signed with the selected candidate.