1 Predoc position (all genders welcome)

Scientific Staff  | Part time
Application deadline:  11 August 2021
Reference code: 324/21


The University of Klagenfurt, with approximately 1,500 employees and over 12,000 students, is located in the Alps-Adriatic region and consistently achieves excellent placements in rankings. The motto “per aspera ad astra” underscores our firm commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all activities in research, teaching and university management. The principles of equality, diversity, health, sustainability and compatibility of work and family life serve as the foundation for our work at the university.

The University of Klagenfurt is pleased to announce the following open position at the Digital Age Research Center (D!ARC) with a negotiable starting date, commencing on December 1, 2021 at the latest:


1 Predoc position (all genders welcome)


within the Graduate School Decision-making in a digital environment (DECIDE).


Level of employment: 75 % (30 hours/week)

Minimum salary: € 31,200.40 per annum (gross); classification according to collective agreement: B1

Limited to: 19 months

Application deadline: August 11, 2021

Reference Code: 324/21


The graduate school “Decision-making in a digital environment” (DECIDE) is dedicated to interconnecting the ongoing digitalization and its effect on (human) decision-making. The distinctive feature of this graduate school is its interdisciplinary nature: The involved faculty members have a strong background in either social sciences and economics, computer science, engineering or psychology, perform research in their dedicated fields, and foster interdisciplinarity. The research projects to be carried out in the context of this graduate school address the current challenges of digitalization and decision-making from multiple perspectives, thereby exploiting the interdisciplinary setting of the graduate school. The faculty will encourage and strongly support successful candidates in their interdisciplinary research, in presenting their research at scientific conferences, as well as in publishing their work in international top journals and conference proceedings. The graduate school has a highly dynamic, familiar, and friendly attitude and thus provides a collaborative and very inspiring work environment with modern infrastructure.

Area of responsibility

  • Independent research and scientific qualification within DECIDE, including the publication of research articles
  • Involvement in third-party funding proposals
  • Presentation of scientific results in publications and at international conferences

The successful candidate is expected to pursue a PhD within the programme in Social Sciences and Economics.


  • Master’s or diploma degree at a domestic or foreign higher education institution in one of the following fields:
    • Business administration
    • Economics (with a mathematical specialization)
    • Information systems
    • Electrical or computer engineering (with a focus on economics or related fields) or
    • Natural sciences (with a focus on economics or related fields)
  • Good to very good study results with regard to the respective field
  • Good to very good written and spoken English skills

Candidates must furnish proof that they meet the required qualifications by September 30, 2021 at the latest.

Desired skills

  • Good knowledge in one or more of the following areas:
    • Simulation-based research methods (e.g., agent-based simulation, multi-agent simulation, Monte-Carlo simulation)
    • Strategic management
    • Modelling of economic systems
    • Management control systems
    • Decision theory
  • Dedication to interdisciplinary research
  • Social and communication skills and ability to work independently
  • Basic experience in research projects
  • Subject-specific international, academic or practical experience

Additional information

The position is aimed at the scientific training of graduates of a diploma or Master’s programme with the goal to perform doctoral research in the relevant field. Applications from persons already holding a doctoral degree can therefore not be taken into account.

Our offer:

The employment contract is concluded for the position as a Predoc Scientist and stipulates a starting salary of € 2,228.60 gross per month (14 times a year; previous experience deemed relevant to the job can be recognised).

The University of Klagenfurt also offers:

  • Personal and professional advanced training courses, management and career coaching, including bespoke training for women in science
  • Numerous attractive additional benefits, see also https://jobs.aau.at/en/the-university-as-employer/
  • Diversity- and family-friendly university culture
  • The opportunity to live and work in the attractive Alps-Adriatic region with a wide range of leisure activities in the spheres of culture, nature and sports

 The application:

If you are interested in this position, please apply in English providing the following documents:

  • Letter of application explaining the motivation and including a statement of interest in DECIDE
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Copies of degree certificates (Bachelor and Master or diploma degree)
  • Copies of official transcripts (Bachelor and Master) containing the list of all courses and grades
  • Master’s thesis. If the thesis is not available, the candidate should provide an explanation.
  • If an applicant has not received the Master’s or diploma degree by the application deadline, the applicant should provide a declaration, written either by a supervisor or by the candidate themselves, on the feasibility of finishing the Master’s degree by September 30, 2021 at the latest.

We can only accept applications submitted before the deadline and comprising all necessary documents.

To apply, please select the position with the reference code 324/21 in the category “Scientific Staff” using the link “Apply for this position”.

For further information on this specific vacancy, please contact Assoc.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Leitner (stephan.leitner@aau.at) and Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gernot Mödritscher (gernot.moedritscher@aau.at). General information about the university as an employer can be found at https://jobs.aau.at/en/the-university-as-employer/. At the University of Klagenfurt, recruitment and staff matters are accompanied not only by the authority responsible for the recruitment procedure but also by the Equal Opportunities Working Group and, if necessary, by the Representative for Disabled Persons.

The University of Klagenfurt aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore specifically invites qualified women to apply for the position. Where the qualification is equivalent, women will be given preferential consideration.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases, who fulfill the requirements, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs incurred during the application process will not be refunded.

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