Assistant Professor in Ecological Economics and Sustainability – Modul University Vienna

Deadline: Open until filled
Position: Assistant Professor, Ecological Economics and Sustainability
Location: Modul University in Vienna, Austria
Salary: 64,500 euros, gross annual salary
Position Description

The School of Sustainability, Governance, and Methods at Modul University Vienna (MU) is seeking an outstanding scholar to teach, raise third-party funding and conduct basic and applied research in the area of Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development. This is a full‐time, five‐years position where applicants are prepared to work 40 hours per week with the possibility for renewal. Candidates should have experience in conducting conceptual and empirical research and analyses in the broader area of Environmental and Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development. Additional experience in areas such as Environmental Policy and Governance, Climate Economics, Sustainability Analytics is highly appreciated.

Candidates are expected to engage in the existing research program at Modul University Vienna but should bring their own research agenda in order to be able to get involved in research projects. Experience in research proposal writing is highly appreciated. Furthermore, candidates are expected to become active in research cooperation in and outside the University. Teaching responsibilities shall include courses in Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics, Sustainable Development in the graduate program and other Economics and/or Management based courses in the curriculum of our undergraduate program.



The successful candidate will teach courses in undergraduate and graduate programs offered by Modul University Vienna. The teaching load for this position is 5 units/week per semester (1 unit = 45 minutes of teaching). The new colleague will be expected to further develop her/his research agenda in the area of Ecological Economics and Sustainability. Besides engagement in teaching and research, the candidate is expected to contribute to administrative and academic services and to be interested in outreach activities. Within the School the successful candidate is invited to contribute to the School’s engagement activities.


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Desired skills and essential qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in research and teaching, possess a comprehensive understanding of widely used concepts and methodology of selected topics in the area of Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development. Therefore, candidates must have a record of or clear potential for excellent research, third party research funding, and student mentorship.

The successful candidate is expected to have outstanding qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree or PhD in Environmental or Ecological Economics, Economic Geography, Economics or a related field;
  • Evidence of research potential including a strong research focus, the capability of publishing in top-tier journals in the respective field;
  • Strong methods skills (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods);
  • Commitment to high quality teaching;
  • Ability to attract external funding to support research programs and to successfully build collaborative research programs with other universities, research institutes and industry;
  • Excellent spoken and written English language skills, proficiency in German language is not required but welcome.


Why Join Their Team?
  • Cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research approach with dedicated support in research project acquisition
  • Individual professional development
  • An international, multicultural and diverse working environment


Further Information

This is a five‐years fixed term, full-time position with 40 working hours per week. The initial annual gross salary is EUR 64,500 before taxes (plus approx. 30% Arbeitgeberanteil = contribution to the social security and pension fund paid by the employer according to Austrian Law). The University offers opportunities for additional remuneration for extra teaching and outstanding scholarships. 

Contact and Application
The position remains open until filled. The review of applications will commence immediately after announcement. The expected starting date is September 1st 2024. Please submit on Personio your complete application (in English) including cover letter, an extended curriculum vitae, and a letter of interest with a brief explanation how the candidate’s research profile would complement current research at Modul University Vienna.

For questions related to these positions please contact the Head of the School of Sustainability, Governance, and Methods Professor Sabine Sedlacek ( Additional information about MU´s current research programs can be found at Faculty Publications | Modul University Vienna.


About Modul University Vienna

Modul University Vienna is an international private university and offers cutting-edge education at BBA, BSc, MSc, MBA and PhD levels. Students and staff come from over 70 countries around the world, providing for a multicultural and diverse work environment.

As an employer, Modul University Vienna offers:

  • Opportunities to work from home
  • Flexible working hours
  • International and dynamic team
  • Personal and professional development
  • Independent working environment
  • Public transport ticket

Modul University Vienna is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to equality and diversity that does not discriminate on the basis of, among other factors, age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender or gender expression, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or social class. We especially encourage women and people who belong minority groups to apply and welcome all applications that can contribute to a diverse working culture.


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