Friday, August 13, 2010

Professorship in European Legal and Constitutional History

For legal historians specializing in Europe, a new professorship in European and Constitutional History at the University of Vienna may be of interest. The application deadline is October 1, 2010. Here is the notice:

The Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna announces the position of a

Full Professor of European Legal and Constitutional History

(full time 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 consideration.

• Main qualifications:
1.) History of Jurisprudence or history of Legal practice
2.) Central European Legal History, with the main emphasis on Austria; if the candidate has not focused on this area so far, he or she will be expected to familiarise themselves with the field.
3.) As the successful candidate will be expected to represent all areas of the subject of legal history in teaching, the candidate is required to substantiate with his or her present oeuvre that he or she is capable of crossing the boundaries of legal history towards other foundational subjects in jurisprudence that have historical connotations and is capable of close teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration within these fields.
• The Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna provides the academic training of about 50 percent of Austria’s lawyers. Therefore, the position requires great enthusiasm for teaching and a special interest in legal didactics, particularly in regard to teaching first-year law students.
• The University of Vienna accommodates the largest law faculty of the German speaking countries, which provides an unusually wide and diversified range of opportunities in legal scholarship and offers its scholars a prominent stage for academic debate.

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

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

- 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 “start-up package” 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 documents:

- 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 theses

Applications in English or German should be submitted per e-mail (preferably as pdf attachments) to or should be sent to the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Vienna, Schottenbastei 10-16, 1010 Wien, no later than October 1st, 2010 with reference Nr. 0730/10.