Professor of Theoretical Evolutionary Biology

At the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna the position of a “University Professor of Theoretical Evolutionary Biology” is to be filled.

The advertised professorship shall cover the advancement and application of theoretical approaches – including conceptual, mathematical, and statistical analysis – to different levels of organismal complexity. The candidate should have a background both in biology and a theoretical or computational discipline, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary and integrative research. Preference is given to approaches to understand biological systems from the molecular to the inter-organismal level, encompassing developmental to evolutionary time scales. To foster and complement cooperation among the research groups, the candidate’s research should link to animal development, behavior or morphology, in an evolutionary context. The candidate should be enthusiastic to teach a theoretical discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, systems theory) and its application to evolutionary and organismal biology.

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

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 University of Vienna pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( 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.

We offer:
– a negotiable and attractive salary
– 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

Applications in English should be submitted as one pdf-file by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Vienna, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Herndl, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna (

Reference no.: 20/1-17/18

The application deadline is 15 April 2018.