Dear Colleagues

While not of course quite germane to this list, some of you may know candidates who might wish to notice this advertisement (I know nothing more than this, so don't contact me about this):

Open to new ideas. Since 1365. As a research university with high international visibility and a wide range of degree programmes, the University of Vienna is committed to basic research open to application and research-led teaching, as well as to career development of young researchers and to the dialogue with economy and society. That way, the University of Vienna contributes to the education of future generations and to the society’s ability to innovate.

The appointment of particularly qualified researchers to university professors is an important strategy of the University of Vienna. Become part of this vibrant and future-oriented organisation.


At the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna the position of a


University Professor


Tibetan Studies


(full time, permanent position) is to be filled.


As specified in the University’s Development Plan, this position is assigned to the thematic area “Global Cultures and Identities” and its special research focus on “Cultural and Social Transformations in Asia and Africa”.

Applicants must have an excellent research and teaching record in Tibetan Studies. Philological competence and significant use of primary sources are required. The emphasis in teaching and research should lie in one or more of the following areas of Tibetan Studies: cultural and social history, intellectual history, or literary studies. Consideration of the social dimension is welcome. Candidates should have command of classical literary Tibetan and modern spoken Tibetan; knowledge of Sanskrit and Chinese is desirable. Readiness to cooperate especially with South Asian Studies at the Department as well as with other Asian Studies disciplines of the Faculty is expected, cooperation with Digital Humanities is desirable.


Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

·       Doctoral degree/PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution

·       Habilitation (venia docendi) in a subject field relevant to this position or an internationally accepted equivalent qualification is desirable

·       Outstanding achievements in research, excellent publication record, international reputation

·       Experience in designing, procuring and managing large research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to lead research groups

·       Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in all phases of their studies (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promoting young academic colleagues


The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in bachelor’s programmes and for participation in university committees. In addition, the University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to be prepared to take over responsibility on the organisational level of the Faculty and the University, if necessary.


We offer:

·       a negotiable and attractive salary (classification according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff, allocation to job group A1; section 98 of the Universities Act 2002); the salary will be individually negotiated under consideration of the previous career development and the current income situation

·       in addition to the statutory social insurance, the University of Vienna offers a pension fund to its employees

·       a “start-up package”, in particular for the initiation of research projects

·       a dynamic research location with well-established research funding provisions

·       attractive working conditions in a city with a high quality of life

·       comprehensive advice and support in relation to finding an accommodation, change of schools and dual career

·       a wide range of support services offered by central service institutions


The University of Vienna pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University puts special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.


Application documents:

·       Application letter, including a brief description of:

·      current research interests and research plans for the immediate future

·      current and planned foci in academic teaching and the supervision of young researchers

·       Academic curriculum vitae,

including information about “esteem factors” (e.g. experience as a publisher, functions in research societies or programme committees)

·       List of publications, including:

·      specification of five key publications which the applicant considers particularly relevant to the advertised professorship

·      provision of an Internet link for download or electronic submission of PDF versions of these five publications

·      information about citations and impact factors, depending on the common practice in the relevant research area

·       List of talks given,

including information about invited keynote lectures at international conferences

·       Third-party funds

list of acquired third-party funds (subject, duration, origin, volume) as well as, if applicable, of inventions/patents

·       Overview of previous academic teaching and supervised theses, especially doctoral theses

·       Teaching evaluations (if available)

·       Copies of documents and certificates


Applications in German or English should be submitted, preferably in electronic form, to the Dean of the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies of the University of Vienna, Univ. Prof. Dr. Melanie Malzahn, Universitätsring 1, A-1010 Wien, Österreich (


Reference no.: 139-2021


The application deadline is 14 April 2021.


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Leiden University
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