University Assistant (Postdoctoral) in Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Postdoc Position 2019 in Austria, University of Vienna

University Assistant (Postdoctoral): The University of Vienna is seeking a highly motivated and skilled individual to fill a six-year, half-time (20 hours per week) postdoctoral position at the Division of BioInvasions, Macroecology & Global Change, within the Faculty of Life Sciences. The successful candidate will conduct research on the effects of environmental changes on biodiversity, with a focus on biological invasions. This position offers a unique opportunity to work with an international academic team in a vibrant and diverse environment.

Summary Table:

  • Designation: University Assistant (Postdoctoral)
  • Research Area: Biodiversity Research – Understanding the effects of environmental changes on distribution and diversity of biota, with a focus on biological invasions.
  • Location: University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Eligibility/Qualification: Doctoral degree/PhD in biology (or equivalent).
  • Job ID: 805
  • Starting Date: September 1, 2023
  • Working Hours: 20 hours per week
  • Classification: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) according to the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Contract Duration: Until August 31, 2029

Job Description: The successful candidate will play a leading role in research projects exploring biodiversity patterns, especially related to biological invasions, and the underlying drivers under different conditions (past, present, and future). The position involves proposing innovative research questions across spatial and temporal scales and taxonomic groups. The candidate will be responsible for conducting advanced statistical analyses using ecological and environmental data, with a focus on geographic and phylogenetic information. Additionally, they will supervise and mentor students, collaborate with colleagues, engage in academic work from idea conception to publication of results, and undertake teaching obligations of approximately 2 hours per week.


  • Doctoral degree/PhD in biology (or equivalent).
  • Experience in implementing spatially explicit analyses and mapping of biodiversity.
  • Proficiency in working with large-scale ecological and environmental data of different spatial and temporal resolution.
  • Strong experience in advanced statistical analyses of scientific data, preferably using R.
  • Research expertise in studying biodiversity patterns across spatial and temporal scales, from regional to global and from deep evolutionary time to present.
  • Strong background in one or more animal taxa is advantageous.
  • Interest in developing external grant applications, preferably at the international level (e.g., ERG, Horizon Europe).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (and preferably German).
  • Ability to work collaboratively in teams.
  • Experience in teaching, project administration, and personnel management.

What We Offer:

  • Work-life balance: Flexible working hours and the possibility of remote/hybrid and/or part-time work.
  • Inspiring working atmosphere: Join an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.
  • Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.
  • Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to enhance your skills with over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.
  • Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 4351,90 increases with relevant professional experience.
  • Equal opportunities for everyone: The University is committed to promoting equal opportunities, diversity, and the advancement of women, and encourages qualified women to apply.

How to Apply: Interested candidates should apply via the University’s job portal using the “Apply now” button. The application should include:

  • Scientific and educational curriculum vitae.
  • Letter of motivation.
  • List of publications.
  • Contact details of individuals who can provide reference letters.
  • Doctoral degree.

Last Date for Apply: Until position filled

For further information, please contact: Franz Essl ( or Bernd Lenzner (

The University of Vienna values diversity and equal opportunities, aiming to increase the representation of women in academic and senior positions. In cases of equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.



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