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Senior Scientist at the Department of Astrophysics
The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 178 fields of study, approx. 9.600 members of staff, about 92.000 students) seeks to fill the position from 01.04.2019 of a
at the Department of Astrophysics
Reference number: 9425
The Department of Astrophysics forms part of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy at the University of Vienna. Presently about 70 employees work at the department.
We seek an outstanding scientist with strong expertise in project management for the supervision of astronomical instrumentation projects (in particular long-term projects for space missions in the framework of international co-operations, but also ground-based observatory projects), as well as teaching activities.
Initially this position is to be filled for one year. By mutual agreement it can be extended to a permanent contract.
The Department aims at increasing the employment to 40 hours/week (100%) using third-party funded projects.
The tasks conform to the collective bargaining agreement of the Austrian universities (see currently §26 (2) and (5)). They comprise as the main activities
i) co-supervision/management and technological implementation of project participations in astronomical space missions in the framework of international co-operations. The missions include in particular, but not exclusively, CHEOPS, PLATO, SMILE, ARIEL, Athena, SPICA, and projects in preparation. Special tasks include software development, the participation in international consortium and/or collaboration meetings, contributions to preparatory studies and documents, (co-)organisation of meetings, budget administration for projects, and correspondence with funding agencies.
ii) Coordinating management tasks (in particular supervision, project management and meeting organisation) in the frame of the local laboratory for astronomical instrumentation that comprises, apart from space projects, also projects of ESO (specifically METIS, MICADO and MOSAIC for the ELT) and the local university-owned Leopold Figl Observatory. It also includes a local student telescope for education. These activities will be shared with two other scientists.
Further tasks include,
iii) conducting independent teaching (in agreement with the collective bargaining agreement incl. mandatory classes) and organising exams
iv) supervision/co-supervision of students, and
v) contributions to general organisational and administrative tasks as well as evaluation procedures.
Profile: Doctoral degree in astronomy, astrophysics, physics or astronomical instrumentation, with several years of experience in relevant projects. Familiar with at least one programming language; experience with Excel and Word documents; good knowledge of the internet.
Additional qualifications: Strong experience in project management, leadership qualities, good team-working ability, excellent communication skills, experience in student supervision.
Application documents include CV, a letter of motivation and a summary of previous relevant experience, and two names of potential references.
Main research field
Special research fields
Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy
Very good knowledge
Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 07.03.2019, mentioning reference number 9425.
For further information please contact Güdel, Manuel +43-1-4277-53814, Ziegler, Bodo +43-1-4277-53825.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (
http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.