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    Austrian Academy of Sciences, The Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI)
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    15/02/2021 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Austria › Vienna


Job ID: OeAI141GL120

The Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), the largest non-university establishment for fundamental research in Austria, is offering a

Group Leader Position (f*m)

in Historical Building Research (Historische Bauforschung)

(full-time / 40h per week)


The scope of the Austrian Archaeological Institute covers human history from quaternary archaeology to modern times, taking into account the material culture and historical sources. Thus, the institute with its branches in Krems, Athens, Cairo and Ephesos is defined by interdisciplinarity, methodological diversity and the application of new technologies.

The research group „Historical Building Research/Historische Bauforschung“ is dedicated to the scientific exploration of the built cultural heritage using integrative methods for building documentation and building analysis. Chronologically, the current projects range from antiquity to modern times. Within the framework of specific topics and contextual architectural studies, research is carried out on the lifespan, the history of decay and the transformation of buildings and supporting structures in order to illuminate and classify the respective architecture, its use and significance in the associated contemporary historical context. Theoretical discourses on the discipline of building research as well as questions of monument preservation in relation to the maintenance and knowledge transfer of historical architecture form a further field of research. One focal points of work is the scientific processing of the architectural heritage of the institute's excavations, especially in Ephesos.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Management of the long-term research group “Historical Building Research”/Historische Bauforschung at the OeAI with its above-mentioned focal points
  • Development and successful implementation of long-term research programs by combining existing projects and new priorities
  • Supervision of the architectural heritage of OeAI related archaeological sites (esp. Ephesos)
  • Positioning of the research group on an international level
  • Promoting young researchers within the framework of DOC- and Post-DOC programmes
  • Establishment of cooperations including monument authorities, both in Austria and abroad
  • Development and establishment of joint standards for the documentation and analysis of buildings at the OeAI
  • Acquisition of third-party funds
  • Intensive publication and lecture activity
  • Public Relation work

Your Profile:

  • Degree in architecture with a specialisation in historical building research (historische Bauforschung)
  • PhD in archaeological building research (archäologische Bauforschung)
  • Long-term research expertise at archaeological sites with complex architectural heritage
  • Outstanding experience in managing research projects in an intercultural context
  • Experience in teaching, including the ability to supervise academic qualification theses, and the training/supervision of junior researchers including field schools and capacity building programs
  • Intensive publishing and lecturing activity
  • Very good knowledge of German and English, Turkish language skills are of advantage
  • Flexibility for working under challenging circumstances in Austria and abroad

Our Offer:

  • An exceptional working environment at the OeAI with a variety of research groups and the possibility of interdisciplinary cooperation
  • Excellent infrastructural conditions at the OeAW
  • Possibility to expand and lead the research group “Historical Building Research” in the long term
  • Attractive flexitime regulation
  • Permanent employment
  • An annual gross salary according to collective agreement of € 57.113,28

Your application should include the following documents:

  • A detailed academic curriculum vitae
  • A letter of motivation and long-term career plan
  • A brief outline of research plans for the group for the next five years
  • A list of publications
  • Three key publications judged by the applicant to be particularly relevant for the advertised position, together with a statement explaining their relevance for the development of the research area
  • At least two letters of recommendation

We hope to have stimulated your interest in this position, and request that you submit your informative, written application including all relevant documents, credentials and references electronically to

oeai-bewerbung@oeaw.ac.at (mentioning Job ID: OeAI141GL120) no later than February 15, 2021.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. The OeAW 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.

More Information

Work location(s)
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The Austrian Archaeological Institute (OeAI)
Franz Klein-Gasse 1

EURAXESS offer ID: 594852


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