Funding/Nov 09, 2022

University Assistant, Department of History, University of Vienna

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Digital Humanities is a professorship established in 2016 at the Department of History at the University of Vienna, led by Prof. Dr. Tara Andrews. Together with the university’s Data Science Network, we have been closely involved in the founding of the innovative set of masters’ programmes in Digital Humanities, Data Science, and Business Analytics. Our group’s research focuses on the ways in which digital tools and methods can be used to support and advance historical research. As a pre-doctoral University Assistant, you will have the chance to work in a cutting-edge and dynamic environment, breaking new ground in humanities methodology for historical research, and passing on these methods and skills to students in the classroom.

The advertisement is for 4 years, whereby the employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.

The conclusion of a dissertation agreement in the field of Digital Humanities is expected within 12–18 months.


  • A Master’s degree in a field related to digital humanities and/or historical studies, preferably with a focus on geographic and spatial analysis; excellent IT skills, including experience with digital methods for the humanities, for example one or more of the following:
    • Experience with Python and/or R programming in the humanities,
    • Experience with relational or graph databases
    • Experience with Web visualisation toolkits such as d3 and Leaflet
    • Excellent knowledge of GIS and mapping technologies
  • Intention to complete a Ph.D. project relevant to the field of digital humanities and within the supervision capacities of the University Professor of Digital Humanities
  • Excellent spoken and written English skills (knowledge of German is also a significant advantage)
  • Ability to work well with a team both local and remote