1+6 PhD fellowships, DK “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts“, U of Vienna

The Doctoral Program (“DK program”) “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts“ at the University of Vienna announces the award of

1 fully paid doctoral student position (Category a) and up to 6 associate positions (Category b, for students with other basic


for up to 4 years beginning 1 October 2015.

With the support of the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), the University of Vienna offers a Ph.D. program, the aims of which are: to offer a structured interdisciplinary curriculum in History, Philosophy and Cultural Studies of Science with the collaboration of international visitors, and to make possible the joint supervision of dissertations by historians/philosophers of science and natural scientists/mathematicians.

Positions in the program are funded for up to 3 years; PhD students who complete 6 months stay abroad will be awarded a 4th year of support.

Participation in the curriculum is required; members of the DK program (in Category a and Category b) must therefore reside continuously in Vienna.

Participation once or more in the annual “Vienna International Summer University“ in the first half of July is also part of the program.

Recipients of fully paid studentships (Collegiates, Category a) are employed according to the provisions of the FWF and the standard labor contract (Kollektivvertrag) of the University for 30 hours/week at the University of Vienna. Involvement in teaching is possible beginning in the second year of the program; remuneration for such activity will be additional to basic funding. Health and social insurance will be covered by the University. Tuition fee exemption, additional support for students with children, and funding for research and research related travel expenses are included.

Associates of the program (Category b) are not employed by the University within the framework of the DK program, but may enter into other research-related employment – including employment by the University of Vienna. Associates must complete all curriculum requirements and also have the right to apply for funding for research or research related travel expenses.

Employment requirements: Completed advanced degree

(Magister/Diplom/Master) in History, Philosophy, History of Science, History and Philosophy of Science, a relevant natural, social or cultural science or Mathematics. Applicants with one or more relevant BA/BSc degrees may be considered in exceptional cases.

Proposed research topics should be relevant to at least one of the topic areas of the DK program. Information on the program’s aims, faculty, topic areas and possible dissertation topics can be found at the following web


For information about the “Vienna International Summer University,“ see the web site: www.univie.ac.at/ivc/VISU.

Projects in other topic areas are permissible, with appropriate explanation.

Application procedure:

An application for a studentship (Category a) or an associate position (Category b) in the DK program, “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts“ must be supported by the following documentation in German or English:

-       A cover letter stating the reasons for applying;

-       Curriculum vitae;

-       Documentation of previous studies and copies of all university degrees


-       A brief exposé of the proposed dissertation project (maximum 5 pages)

with bibliography (maximum one page), stating the relation of the proposed project to the research topic areas of the program (see web site) or the reasons for proposing a project outside the topic areas;

-       Two letters of recommendation, one of which being preferably from the

advisor of the latest degree thesis. These should be sent separately by the deadline date either by E-mail or by post to the Coordinator (address below).

Applications for the paid studentship (Category a) and for Associate positions (Category b) must be submitted with the same supporting materials. Applicants for paid studentships (Category a) may be offered associate positions (Category b).

Deadline and Addresses for applications:

Applications will be considered during June 2015, and admissions announced by July 2015. Short listed applicants will be invited to Vienna for a personal interview. Applicants residing in Europe will receive reimbursement for travel to the interview; applicants residing outside Europe will be interviewed by telephone or video conference. Study in the program will begin on 1 October 2015.

Applications are due by 19 May 2015, and may be addressed to the Job Center of the University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna, Austria (jobcenter@univie.ac.at) (key number 5701), or directly to the DK program, “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts“ via dk-application2014@univie.ac.at. Application by E-mail with attachments (MS Word or PDF format please) is preferred; applications by post should be sent via priority air mail (latest postmark: 19 May).

Contact for inquiries:

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Mitchell Ash: Tel.: +431 4277 40837 (Administrator: -



Prof. Dr. Gerd B. Müller: Tel. +431 4277 56700 (Administrator: - 56701)

Prof. Dr. Carola Sachse: Tel.: +431 4277 41207 (Administrator: - 41218)

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Stadler: Tel.: +431 4277 41209 (Administrator: - 41229)

Project Manager: MMMag. Ramon Pils, DipTrans: Tel.: +431 4277 40872