Vienna (A): Assistant Professor (f/m)

Webster Vienna Private University: Assistant Professor of Psychology (f/m)

For over 35 years Webster Vienna Private University (WVPU) has provided its students with an internationally competitive, American-based liberal arts education in the heart of Europe. Accredited in both Austria and the United States, WVPU offers an individualized, student-centered American education within the framework of a European research university. As part of a global network of campuses based in St. Louis, USA, WVPU is dedicated to preparing its students for an increasingly globalized world through academic programs that cultivate critical thinking and intercultural understanding.

Webster Vienna Private University is committed to excellence in teaching and research. WVPU offers innovative programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, awarding Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. At the undergraduate level, the departments of Business and Management, International Relations, Media Communications, and Psychology are complemented by the Center of Liberal Arts’ multidisciplinary curriculum in the human, social and natural sciences.

WVPU is an equal opportunity employer.

We are looking to make a research faculty appointment at the rank of

Assistant Professor of Psychology (f/m)
Full-time (40 hours/week), preferred starting date: Spring/Summer 2020

The Assistant Professor of Psychology will be responsible for teaching psychology program courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, maintaining an active research agenda and scholarly profile, as well as participating in departmental and university service activities. The appointee must have a proven background in clinical and/or counselling psychology.

The Psychology department has lab facilities and research equipment such as electroencephalography, traditional psychophysiology (skin conductance, heart rate, respiration rate and temperature) as well as startle reflex modulation, facial expression analysis software and a brand new observational lab allowing social interaction investigations of any kind.

In addition to traditional scholarly activities (publication, conference participation, service to the field), the successful applicant is also expected to provide key student services, such as student advising and thesis supervision, and pursue research projects aimed at securing external funding and increasing international scholarly cooperation.

The successful applicant is expected to have:

  • a completed psychology doctorate or PhD
  • experience teaching undergraduate students, preferably at English-language institutions, and demonstrated evidence of teaching excellence
  • career-stage appropriate record of scholarly publications in the field of clinical psychology
  • a short- and-medium term plan for developing research projects aimed at attracting external funding
  • demonstrated ability to contribute to a collegial and intellectual environment
  • full professional fluency in English
  • working knowledge of German is desirable
  • familiarity with the Austrian legal and professional requirements for the practice of clinical psychology and possibly also psychotherapy is desirable

As required by Austrian federal law we are obliged to disclose the minimum annual gross compensation for this position, which amounts to 45,000.- EUR (40 hours/week); negotiable on the basis of qualifications and experience. The applicant must have the legal right to work in Austria.

Candidates are initially employed on a three-year all-in contract, in which annual performance agreements with the department head orientate the assistant professor’s teaching, research and service goals. After three years and a successful review, the employment relationship is then based on an unlimited contract.

Applications are to be submitted online via the university’s website:

Please include:

1) cover letter addressing the search criteria, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, 4) article-size writing sample 5) names of three referees who will provide letters of recommendation upon request

Deadline for applications: December 15, 2019.
Review of applications will begin immediately following the deadline and will continue until the position is filled.

For questions related to your application, please contact the HR Department: at

Praterstraße 23
A – 1020 Vienna

All other inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Peter Walla, chair of the search department (

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