Paleonet: New Palaeo Post: Professor of Palaeoecosystems, University of Vienna

Norman MacLeod N.MacLeod at
Thu Jun 9 07:04:12 UTC 2011

This just in.

The Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy of the University of
Vienna announces the position of a Full Professor of Palaeoecosystems
As stated in its development plan
( the
University of Vienna aims at strengthening its position as a major
research-oriented university. Key elements of this strategy include the
provision of an attractive range of research-based study programmes, support
for furthering the work of junior academic colleagues, and high-calibre
professorial appointments.

The Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy of the University of
Vienna announces the position of a

Full Professor of Palaeoecosystems

(full time, permanent position under private law). The University of Vienna
intends to increase the number of women on its faculty, particularly in
high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by
women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential

The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to
excellence in both research and teaching and will provide academic
leadership to the Department. The appointee should have a strong taxonomic
experience and use and/or combine systematics, historical biogeography,
interaction of organisms and palaeoecology. We seek an outstanding appointee
with an established research program and teaching interests that compliment
departmental strengths in the related field of Earth Sciences and

The main duties of the successful candidate will be to develop an active and
focussed research program that is supported by external funding, to
co-operate within the Department as well as with colleagues at the Center
for Earth Sciences and the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of
Vienna and to teach Undergraduate and Graduate courses.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university or other research
(Austrian or equivalent international academic degree in the relevant

Outstanding research and publication record, with an excellent reputation as
an active member in the international academic community ¬(Habilitation
(venia docendi) or equivalent international qualification in the relevant
field is desirable)

Experience in designing, procuring and directing major research projects,
and willingness and ability to assume the responsibility of team leadership

Experience in university teaching, and willingness and ability to teach at
all curricular levels, to supervise theses, and to further the work of
junior academic colleagues

The University of Vienna expects the successful candidate to acquire, within
three years, proficiency in German sufficient for teaching in Bachelor
programmes and participation in committees

The University of Vienna offers

- Attractive terms and conditions of employment with a negotiable and
performance-related salary, associated with a retirement fund
-  A ³start-up package² for the initiation of research projects
-  An attractive and dynamic research location in a city with a high quality
of life and in a country with excellent research funding provision
- Support for relocation to Vienna, where appropriate

Candidates should send an application containing at least the following

- Academic curriculum vitae
-  Brief description of current research interests and research plans for
the immediate future
-  List of publications together with
a) specification of five key publications judged by the applicant to be
particularly relevant to the advertised professorship together with an
explanation of their relevance
b) PDF versions of these five publications provided either as email
attachments or through URLs of downloadable copies (PDF versions of
monographs need only be provided if easily available.)
- List of talks given, including detailed information about invited
plenaries at international conferences
- List of projects supported by third-party funds
- Short survey of previous academic teaching and list of supervised PhD

Applications in English should be submitted per e-mail (preferably as pdf
attachments) to the Dean¹s Office of the Faculty of Earth Sciences,
Geography and Astronomy, Althanstraße 14, A- 1090 Wien,
(ingrid.mayrhofer at no later than June 10th, 2011 with reference
number DKZ 5/I/1-11. Further information can be provided by the Dean Prof.
Dr. Heinz Fassmann (heinz.fassmann at


Prof. Norman MacLeod
Keeper of Palaeontology
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

(0)207 942-5204 (Office)
(0)207 942-5546 (Fax) (Web Page)


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