Working at WU
Working at WU
As one of Europe’s largest and most modern business and economics universities, WU is an excellent educational institution as well as an important employer with over 2,400 employees.
WU is well known for excellence in research and teaching. This success is thanks to our faculty and staff, who work hard every day in teaching, research, and administration, and thus, make it possible for WU to attain and hold its place among the world’s best universities.
To help us reach our goals, we are always looking for motivated, talented employees interested in a challenging and diverse job in a university setting.
WU, as an attractive employer, has a lot to offer:
An organizational culture characterized by fairness, sustainability, and inclusion
A good work-life balance for employees with families; WU has received “University and Family Audit” certification several times in a row
A pleasant working atmosphere that facilitates productivity and provides opportunities for personal development
An architecturally impressive campus and a state-of-the-art working environment
Numerous social benefits (incl. occupational healthcare, comprehensive
in-house training and many more)
to name just a few examples.
Our employees are eligible for a comprehensive selection of benefits and social services.
Onboarding and continuing education
A well-structured onboarding process helps new employees get off to a good start.
In-house training and continuing education programs aimed at specific employee groups are also available to foster individual potential and encourage the personal development of our employees and management staff.
Discounts and social benefits
WU employee ID card
This card gives you access to a wide variety of discounts and special offers (e.g. pharmacies, fitness studios, restaurants, opticians, thermal spas, hotels, and insurance offers).
Company retirement fund
For employees who have been with WU for over two years, contributions are paid into a company retirement fund, retroactively from the commencement of your employment.
Health and fitness
Occupational health management – Well-Being@WU - BGF cerfication
The health of all of its employees is very important to WU. To help faculty and staff stay fit and healthy, WU has implemented an occupational health management (OHM) program. In 2020, WU was awarded occupational health certification from the Österreichisches Netzwerk BGF in recognition of the many steps it is taking to promote workplace health. An employee survey on workloads and stress has revealed a wide range of areas for action, which have already been resolved by numerous measures. A further survey will follow after 3 years. In addition, working groups are constantly evaluating further fields of action and developing new offers. For example, a structured reintegration program for employees returning to work after extended sick leave has been developed and implemented, as well as an initiative focused on health-promoting management work, and numerous events on topics like exercise, nutrition, and mental health are available to employees on a regular basis. WU is planning to continue developing and implementing a variety of measures for maintaining and enhancing the health of its employees in the future.
WU's Medical Officer has an office on campus and is available for all WU employees to answer questions about staying healthy at work. Faculty and staff can also consult the staff physician for vaccinations, a variety of different medical examinations, therapeutic treatments, physical therapy, and massages.
USI athletics courses
University employees can sign up for athletic courses and activities offered by the University of Vienna’s Universitätssportinstitut (USI); many of these activities take place directly in the on-campus athletic facilities.
WU Health Day
An annual Health Day is organized in cooperation with health insurance provider BVA, focusing on a variety of health-related topics.
Employee reintegration management
When returning from an extended period of sick leave, employees can request support from our specially trained reintegration team if needed, to help them get back on their feet in the workplace.
Counselling services for employees in difficult circumstances
Free, anonymous counselling services are available to WU faculty and staff who find themselves in highly stressful or difficult situations.
Any WU employees confronted with conflict situations or who feel bullied or harassed in the workplace can request a consultation with external experts free of charge.
Ergo coach and first aid provider training
WU offers its employees training as ergo coaches and first aid providers on a voluntary basis.
Food and drink
Employees receive food vouchers for the restaurants and cafes on campus each semester (provided by WU on a voluntary, non-compulsory basis; no legal claim is given).
WU’s faculty and staff can choose from a variety of restaurants, a cafeteria, a supermarket, and a bakery on campus.
Still and sparkling water, tea, and coffee are available in the employee lounges for all employees free of charge.
Flexible working hours
Employees can organize their working hours to suit their needs with flexi-time agreements and a variety of part-time options.
A career break in the form of a sabbatical can be arranged in agreement with the employee’s supervisor.
In cooperation with Kinder in Wien (KiWi), WU offers a kindergarten and childcare center on campus that is very popular with faculty, staff, and students.
Childcare services during school breaks
WU employees with children between the ages of 6 and 10 can sign them up for childcare when school’s out for the summer. Organized in cooperation with KiWi.
A family-friendly employer
WU has held hochschuleundfamilie certification since October 2013, confirming its status as a family-friendly university. As part of the auditing program, new services and measures to make it easier to balance work and family life are developed on a continuous basis.
Campus and infrastructure
Accessibility by public transportation
Campus WU is conveniently located within easy walking distance of two stations on the subway line U2 (Messe-Prater and Krieau).
There are approximately 1,000 bicycle parking places located around the outside perimeter of the campus (including locked bike garages). Citybike public bike loaning stations are located at both neighboring subway stations and directly across from campus.
An underground parking garage beneath the campus provides both long-term and short-term parking.
WU aims to be a living, working, and learning space for all its faculty, staff, and students. Accessibility features on campus include designated wheelchair spaces in all auditoriums, audio induction loop systems for people with hearing aids, and orientation and guidance systems for people with vision impairments.
Near Prater Park
Campus WU is located next door to the expansive Prater Park, offering a wide range of recreational opportunities, culinary options, and athletic activities.
Employee surveys are conducted on a regular basis, resulting in targeted improvements.
The Green Buddies and the events they organize are aimed at faculty, staff, and students who are interested in making an active contribution to environmental protection at WU and who want to act as interfaces and motivators on sustainability-related issues.
A variety of different events, including an annual staff outing, holiday party, and the Summer Celebration, bring employees together. Participation in athletic activities like the annual Business Run is also encouraged.
Accreditations and Certifications
WU is aware of its social responsibility and its role as a responsible employer and is working continuously to make working at our university more family-friendly. The university was awarded “University and Family Audit” certification in 2013, a federally-funded program that helps universities achieve this goal. Since then, WU has successfully implemented a number of measures to improve work-life balance for its employees in many different areas.
In 2020, WU earned the BGF occupational health certification for its commitment to employee health. The certification is awarded for a period of 3 years (2020–2022). It is Austria’s highest recognition awarded for measures to promote occupational health, based on rigorous quality criteria. WU is planning to continue developing and implementing a variety of measures for maintaining and enhancing the health of its employees in the future.
Attaining a place as one of the world’s top business and economics universities has always been a high priority at WU. With its prestigious triple international accreditation, WU has achieved this goal. Fewer than 1% of universities worldwide can claim triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA, the three most well-respected accreditation agencies. WU is one of only two universities in the German-speaking world to belong to this exclusive group of schools.
More information about the accreditation agencies EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA you will find here.
We hope we have interested you in working for WU. Please have a look at our career page to find out more about currently open positions. You will find a variety of interesting and diverse jobs available in teaching, research, and service and administrative divisions.
WU has exciting job opportunities in research and teaching as well as in administrative and service positions for recent graduates, young professionals, and experienced experts.
An academic career can start as early as during your studies (for example by working as a tutor or a student teaching assistant for up to 2 years).
After completing a master’s or diploma program, graduates intending to start a doctoral or PhD program can apply for a position as a teaching and research associate. Working as a teaching and research associate gives young scholars the opportunity to take their first basic steps towards an academic career while being actively involved in the unit’s research and teaching activities.
For those candidates who already hold a doctoral degree or a PhD, a position as assistant professor could be the next step in a successful academic career. Assistant professors are expected to work on attaining their habilitation (venia docendi) while participating in teaching and research in their academic unit.
If you are interested in applying for a professorship, you can find all the information you need under Information on Senior Faculty Recruitment and Welcome Services.
In addition to the positions named above, WU also offers a number of different jobs focusing mainly on teaching (senior lecturer, external lecturer) or on research (senior scientist, project staff).
Administrative and Service Positions
WU’s administrative and service units offer potential employees a wide variety of career opportunities. See WU's Organization for an overview of the University’s basic organizational structure.
The Rector's Council is made up of the Rector and four Vice Rectors, who are each responsible for a different administrative sector. All of these sectors offer a number of interesting employment opportunities.
In addition to the centralized service units, many of the academic units within the Departments also depend on specialized administrative personnel to ensure that the units' administrative and organizational processes run smoothly and to support and assist the faculty.