University Professor (m/w/d, 40 hours per week, for a fixed period of 5 years) - Museum Studies

The University of Applied Arts Vienna is seeking to appoint a
University Professor
in New Museum Studies
for a fixed period of 5 years, as of the 1st of October 2021. (By mutual agreement an extension of contract is possible.) The position is based at the Institute of Art Sciences and Art Education.
With its new Master of Arts in New Museum Studies, the University of Applied Arts Vienna is opening up a field of study and research aimed at the notion of the museum’s expansion along with its reorientation in light of the challenges faced by museums, taking into account ongoing changes to societal conditions and their effects on the world of work and the environment. Beyond the traditional activities of collecting, research, and preservation, emphasis is also placed on inter- and transdisciplinarity, collecting policy and cultural diversity, technical innovations (especially pertaining to environmental issues), creating contexts of public engagement, and creating a societally relevant forum as missions of museum work, all the while taking into account diverse artistic practices. In order to supplement and expand the study offerings at Angewandte, which feature a broad spectrum of possible interfaces, the Museum Studies programme is intended to advance forward-looking research on as well as reorientation of the notion of the museum as such.
The individual sought to fill this post should therefore possess the academic credentials and practical experience necessary to outstandingly represent this subject in teaching and research at an international level and under the specific conditions offered by an arts university.
Expectations include
  • an outstanding level of expertise in the Museum Studies field,
  • high-calibre research competencies documented by the individual’s own publications and/or exhibitions,
  • documented international networking in the scientific community,
  • excellent, academic-level language skills in German and in English,
  • willingness to participate in the further development of the Museum Studies master’s degree programme’s curriculum,
  • leadership and teamwork skills, brought to bear specifically in the initial development of the attendant department and staff
  • willingness to engage in intensive research and publication activities, especially involving the use of Austrian and European research funding institutions,
  • willingness to support this degree programme’s substantive objectives via one’s own research activities,
  • didactic skills and teaching experience, ideally documented via prior work at a University,
  • the desire and ability to serve as an adviser on research projects, especially dissertations, and
  • willingness to assume responsibilities pertaining to university self-governance as well as to perform administrative duties as part of the University’s everyday activities as a teaching institution.
The languages of instruction are German and English.
The monthly salary is based on the current Austrian “Collective Wage Agreement” which is € 5,245.60 gross – paid 14 times annually. In accordance with “Collective Wage Agreement”, the salary may be higher dependent on previous work experience.
The university aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore explicitly encourages qualified women to apply. Women are given preference in case of equal qualification.
Applications are to be submitted to the Rector of the University of Applied Arts ( in German and/or English and in electronic form by November 22, 2020, enclosing comprehensive documentation of curriculum vitae and academic papers as well as a brief summary of personal ideas about teaching activities.
As an employer, the University of Applied Arts Vienna stands for equal opportunities and diversity and ensures a procedure critical of discrimination.
Applicants are not entitled to compensation for travel and accommodation expenses.