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The Department of Business Administration at the University of Vienna invites application for the position of a PhD student/research associate (“Doktorand”) In Organizational Design.

The Department of Business Administration at the University of Vienna is one of the most internationally visible management departments in Europe; constantly ranked among the top two in management research among all universities in the German-speaking world, and belongs to the finest institutions in its field internationally.

The Strategic Management Subject Area within the Department commenced its operations in 2012. In steady state, our team consists of approximately 10 people from four different nationalities. Jointly, we investigate questions pertaining to strategic decision-making of organizations and related performance implications. We are particularly interested in early-stage (organizational design) decisions relevant to firms operating in (technologically) innovative environments. We are agnostic to methods and pursue formally analytical, simulation-based, (ethnographic,) large-scale empirical as well as experimental techniques. Our publications have appeared in the finest management outlets, such as the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, Production and Operations Management, Research Policy, and the Strategic Management Journal, to mention but a few. Our research is funded by several agencies, and we regularly host conferences and seminars featuring colleagues from all over the globe.

Reference number8920

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description: 
Eventually, we look for a person to join us over the course of 48 months (four years). Funding will come from two different sources during this period. Until February 2020, the candidate will be affiliated with our research project “Organizational Design for New Organizational Forms” of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Thereafter, s/he will be hired as a research associate with the university for another 35 months. During her time with us, s/he will be enrolled in the PhD program in Management at the Department of Business Administration (specializing in Strategic Management:
– specialization/).
Our program is modelled after leading US business schools’ doctoral programs and comprises intensive course work at the postgraduate level, research presentations, as well as drafting the actual dissertational thesis. While the program’s primary goal is to prepare candidates for a career in international academe, it also increases the candidates’ attractiveness to employers in the private sector (consulting, industry). For further information about the PhD program please visit https://wiwi.univie.ac.at/en/service/studiesservicecenter/admission-to-a-degree-programme/phd/ .
Outside the core doctoral program, the Strategy Area will actively nurture research by its members, aimed at making a contribution at the highest international levels and preparing them to succeed in the international academic job market. Students from our group have received offers for junior faculty positions from leading European universities.
In addition, candidates assist and participate in administrative tasks and teaching activities (teaching due to extent regulations of wage agreement) of the strategy area at all levels.
We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral agreement within 12-18 months. Please provide the following application documents:
– Letter of motivation
– Academic CV
– List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
– Degree certificates

Applicants should have completed their Master/Diploma degrees (or be very near completion) by the time of their application. We are looking for graduates from:

– Renowned management programs: e.g. M.Sc. in Business (Dipl.- Kfm., Kffr.)


– Adjacent disciplines such as engineering or computer sciences: M.Sc. in industrial engineering (Dipl.-Wi.-Ing.), M.Sc. in information management (Dipl.-Wi.-Inf.)


– Adjacent disciplines such as industrial economics and psychology: M.Sc. in economics (Dipl.-Vw.), M.Sc. in psychology (Dipl.-Psych.)

Independent of their background, all applicants should be excited about pursuing a career in academic research in the social sciences. A particular interest for the field of organizational design is a definite plus, while specific prior training is not a prerequisite. We are looking forward to receiving your application if you are:

– a top graduate (belong to the best 10% of their graduating classes)
– have a strong quantitative background
– have an interest in acquiring methodological skills in areas such as formal (mathematical) modelling and/or (quantitative) empirical testing (conducting experimental research and/or large-scale field studies).

As an international group of researchers seeking to publish in leading journals, we rely on candidates being fluent in English (written and spoken). Relevant study experience in a (native) English speaking environment is therefore a strong plus.

Prior teaching experience is an advantage. Knowledge of German is not required.

Research fields:

Main research field Special research fields Importance
Economics Business administration SHOULD


Educational institution Educational level Special subject Importance
University Economics SHOULD


Language Language level Importance
English Very good knowledge SHOULD

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) no later than 30.11.2018, mentioning reference number 8920.

For further information please contact Eadie, Karoline +43-1-4277-37970.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity (http://diversity.univie.ac.at/). 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.

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Reference number: 8920
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