Group Leader (80 %) and University Professor (20 %) (F*M) for Science Communication and Science Journalism

Universitätsprofessur  | Vollzeit
Bewerbungsfrist:  31. Mai 2023
Kennung: 165/03-PERS/23


The Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC) is jointly operated by the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) and the University of Klagenfurt. The OeAW is Austria’s top and central non-university research and science institution. The University of Klagenfurt is a young, vibrant, and innovative university with approximately 12,000 students and is located at the intersection of Alpine and Mediterranean culture. The THE Young University Rankings 2022 rate it among the 100 best young universities worldwide. We are offering a position for a strong and creative scientist of high profile to serve as


Group Leader (80 %) and University Professor (20 %) (f*m)

for Science Communication and Science Journalism


We are looking for a highly qualified and internationally recognized scientist who is capable of representing the subject of comparative media and communication studies in teaching and research, with high engagement in developing and sustaining an ambitious and innovative research program. Candidates are expected to conduct cutting-edge research that should also be reflected in peer-reviewed third-party funding. They should have made seminal contributions to the fields of science communication and/or science journalism as an increasingly important field of public communication.


The Vienna-based Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC) was established in 2013, succeeding an OeAW Commission of the same name established in 1994. The experience and competence acquired over 30 years have made CMC a highly recognized institute in the area of research in politically relevant communication, and a sought-after partner in international projects. The partnership of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Klagenfurt in operating CMC is an excellent opportunity to focus on long-term basic research and follow Humboldtian ideals, bringing research findings directly into education as well as into public and political discourse, and giving support to a younger generation of researchers.


The duties of the position include:

  • Representing the academic field of science communication and journalism studies through research
  • Competitive research grant acquisition and management
  • Participation in programs at Bachelor/Master/PhD level at the University of Klagenfurt (20 %)
  • Advising and mentoring of junior academic colleagues
  • Contribution to public outreach activities
  • Participation in academic self-management


  • Habilitation or equivalent qualification in media and communication studies
  • Excellent research and publication record in the field of science communication and science journalism
  • Embeddedness in the international research community
  • Excellent university teaching record
  • Leadership skills and team spirit

Erwünscht sind

  • Experience in the acquisition, implementation, and management of third-party funded research projects
  • A strong background in quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Knowledge of media structures and media use in Austria and Europe
  • International experience in research and teaching
  • Capability to undertake interdisciplinary co-operation
  • Excellent scientific dissemination skills
  • Fluent English
  • Competence in gender mainstreaming and diversity management
  • Practical experiences in the field of science journalism and science communication
  • German language skills (not as a formal prerequisite, but proficiency at level B2 is expected within two years)


Our offer:

  • A Group Leader position at the CMC (80 %) and a professorship at the University of Klagenfurt (20 %) initially limited to a period of 5 years.
  • The annual gross salary for this position according to the respective collective agreements is € 62,795.32 (full-time basis) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and 81,575 (full-time basis) at the University of Klagenfurt.
  • An engaging research position in an internationally well-reputed institute
  • Flexible working hours
  • A central downtown location in Vienna
  • The connection to an innovative university
  • The possibility to work independently, but embedded in an excellent institute


Applications with personal and scientific data and a brief statement about scientific interests and achievements should be sent by e-mail to (mentioning Job ID: CMC008GL123) no later than May 31st, 2023.

 The Austrian Academy of Sciences pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities and diversity. Individuals from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.