Assistant Professor in Infection Epidemiology

Job Location: 

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

Closing date: 

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 23:00

The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, is active in both teaching and research, as well as providing veterinary services for ensuring animal health in Austria. These tasks represent our contribution to maintaining the health of humans and their animal companions as well as to producing healthy food.

To meet these objectives, the Department for Farm Animals and Veterinary Public Health is recruiting for the position of

Assistant Professor in Infection Epidemiology

We are seeking an individual to represent the area of Infection Epidemiology in Veterinary Public Health at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna covering both research and teaching aspects. The assistant professorship will be based in the Unit Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology in the newly established Institute of Food Safety, Food Technology and Veterinary Public Health, with its advanced teaching and research facilities.

The position of the assistant professor is regulated by a performance agreement (according to § 27 of the collective contract (Kollektivvertrag) for university employees). The contract is first limited to a duration of 4 years, with the potential for a permanent contract at a level of associate professor after a positive evaluation of the performance agreement goals. 

Grade: A2 according to § 49 (2) of collective contract for university employees

Level of employment: 40 hours

Length of employment: 4 years (with potential for a permanent position after positive evaluation)

Deadline for applications: 31 March, 2019


The successful candidate is expected to expand the research focus in the area of Infection Epidemiology. The research profile of the assistant professorship will mainly focus on the modelling the spread of infectious agents in livestock populations and foods thereof considering new approaches like genomic epidemiology, network analysis and big data analysis. The approaches should consider possible threat scenarios and their related risks for livestock production as well as the improvement of national risk management capacities. Establishment of an internationally recognized research profile supported by third-party funding is expected.

Close networking within the institute, with subject-related institutes and clinics at the Vetmeduni Vienna campus, as well as with other establishments in Austria and in other EU Member States is expected.

Teaching duties of the position include independent lecturing in the relevant Veterinary Medicine programs of the University. Emphasis should be given to application of new teaching methods (including e-learning) in the represented research area.

Required qualifications:

University degree in Veterinary Medicine and further PhD study or doctoral thesis

Understanding of the European legislation related to animal health and food safety

Proven research activity in the area of modelling the spread of infectious agents in populations

Experience with various epidemiological-statistical methods as well the interpretation of results of modern molecular and bioinformatic data

Teaching experience

Fluency in English (minimum B2)


Execution of independent research activities with a strong focus on intra- and extramural collaboration

Preparation of research grants and recruitment of third party funding

Establishment and management of a research group in infection epidemiology

Supervision of under- and postgraduates

Development of new teaching material including e-learning material, teaching and examination duties

Participation in the management activities of the institute

Active contribution to the strategic goals of the unit and institute


Member of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH)

Didactic skills

Ability to work in a team and to network

Outstanding social and communication skills

Good knowledge of the German Language (candidates with a foreign mother language are expected to speak German fluently (minimum B2) after 2-3 years)

Minimum salary:

The minimum salary for university staff is regulated by the Universities collective contract (Kollektivvertrag) and at the A2 level amounts to € 4.388,70 gross per month (14 times/year).

In case the performance agreement cannot be finalized at the job start, the salary will be € 3.711,10 gross per month (14 times/year) until the performance agreement can be signed.

The minimum salary may be increased when previous employment and other salary components are taken into account.


Please submit applications with the identifier Q_EPI_2018 via e-mail (preferably) to senat(at) or by post to Büro des Senats, University of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinaerplatz 1, 1210 Vienna, Austria.

The presentations and interviews are expected to be held on 13 June, 2019.

The Vetmeduni Vienna is attempting to increase the proportion of female staff, particularly in senior positions, and in accordance with § 41 of the 2002 Universities Act it is striving to attain a balanced representation of men and women, especially on its scientific staff. Applications from qualified women are thus particularly welcomed. If women are underrepresented (below 50%), female applicants who are as well qualified as the best qualified male applicants will be given preference, provided that there are no strong reasons for favouring a particular male candidate.

Applicants have no entitlement to reimbursement of any travel or accommodation costs they may incur as a result of the application procedure.

The Vetmeduni Vienna is proud to have been awarded the certificate "hochschuleundfamilie" (career and family). Therefore, we would be especially pleased to receive applications from people with families. Applications from persons with disabilities are similarly welcome.