Tuesday, July 25, 2023

University assistant predoctoral (all genders welcome) (in German: Universitätsassistent:in)

Department of Information Technology

Scientific Staff  | Part time
Application deadline:  9 August 2023
Reference code: 403/23


The University of Klagenfurt, with approximately 1,500 employees and over 12,000 students, is located in the Alps-Adriatic region and consistently achieves excellent placements in rankings. The motto “per aspera ad astra” underscores our firm commitment to the pursuit of excellence in all activities in research, teaching and university management. The principles of equality, diversity, health, sustainability and compatibility of work and family life serve as the foundation for our work at the university.

The University of Klagenfurt is pleased to announce the following open position at the Department of Information Technology at the Faculty of Technical Sciences with a negotiable starting date, commencing on November 13, 2023 at the latest:

University assistant predoctoral (all genders welcome) (in German: Universitätsassistent:in)

within the Ada Lovelace Programme (Developing a Virtual-Reality Game that Fosters Empathy and Perspective-Taking). The successful candidate is expected to complete a dissertation project pertaining to the development of a virtual-reality game that fosters empathy and perspective-taking.

Level of employment: 75 % (30 hours/week)

Minimum salary: € 34,412 per annum (gross); Classification according to collective agreement: B1

Contract duration: 4 years

Application deadline: by August 9, 2023

Reference code: 403/23

Area of responsibility

  • Autonomous scientific work including the publication of research articles in the fields of game studies and game engineering and psychology
  • Conducting independent scientific research with the aim to submit a dissertation and acquire a doctoral degree in technical sciences
  • Teaching exercises and lab courses (e.g., in the game studies and engineering Master’s programme)
  • Participating in research projects of the department, especially within the Ada Lovelace Programme (Developing a Virtual-Reality Game that Fosters Empathy and Perspective-Taking)
  • Mentoring students
  • Assisting in public relations activities, science to public communication, and extra-curricular events of the department and the faculty


  • Completed Diploma or Master’s degree from a recognized university in the field of Game Studies and Game Engineering or Computer Science. The completion of this degree must be fulfilled no later than two weeks before the starting date; hence, the last possible deadline for meeting this requirement is October 30, 2023
  • Strong background in one or more of the following fields: (video) games research, empirical research methods, design and creation of video games
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Very good scientific communication and dissemination skills (scientific writing and oral presentations)
  • Programming experience in video game development

Desired skills

  • Experience in interdisciplinary research projects, ideally in the social sciences, as the project involves empirical research on relevant experiences
  • Social competences, reliability, and teamwork competency
  • Ability to communicate with researchers of different academic backgrounds
  • Scientific curiosity and enthusiasm for research in video games
  • First experiences with scientific publications
Additional information

The doctoral student will be co-supervised by Mathias Lux, Judith Glück, and Felix Schniz.

Our offer:

This position serves the purposes of the vocational and scientific education of graduates of Master’s or Diploma degree programmes and sets the global of completing a Doctoral degree / a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences. Applications by persons who have already completed a subject-specific Doctoral degree or a subject-relevant Ph.D. programme therefore cannot be considered.

The employment contract is concluded for the position as university assistant (predoctoral) and stipulates a starting salary of € 2,458 gross per month (14 times a year; previous experience deemed relevant to the job can be recognised in accordance with the collective agreement).

The university of Klagenfurt is a young and vibrant campus university hosting 12,000 students. It is located in the southern part of Austria, a region with outstanding quality of life at the intersection of Alpine and Mediterranean culture.

The University of Klagenfurt also offers:

  • Personal and professional advanced training courses, management and career coaching
  • Numerous attractive additional benefits, see also https://jobs.aau.at/en/the-university-as-employer/
  • Diversity- and family-friendly university culture
  • The opportunity to live and work in the attractive Alps-Adriatic region with a wide range of leisure activities in the spheres of culture, nature and sports

The application:

If you are interested in this position, please apply in English providing the following documents:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae (with clear information about the degrees including date/place/grade, the experience acquired, the thesis title, the list of publications if any, and any other relevant information)
  • Copy of the degree certificates and transcripts of the courses
  • Any certificates that can prove the fulfilment of the required and additional qualifications listed above (e. g., the submission of the final thesis/dissertation if required by the degree programme, copy of publications programming skills certificates, language skills certificates etc.)
  • Final thesis or other study-related written work (like seminar reports) or excerpts thereof
  • If an applicant has not received the Diploma or Master’s degree by the application deadline, the applicant should provide a declaration, written either by a supervisor or by the candidate themselves, on the feasibility of finishing the Diploma or Master’s degree by October 30, 2023 at the latest.

To apply, please select the position with the reference code 403/23 in the category “Scientific Staff” using the link “Apply for this position”.

Candidates must furnish proof that they meet the required qualifications by October 30, 2023 at the latest.

For further information on this specific vacancy, please contact Assoc.-Prof. DI Dr. Mathias Lux (mathias.lux@aau.at). General information about the university as an employer can be found at https://jobs.aau.at/en/the-university-as-employer/. At the University of Klagenfurt, recruitment and staff matters are accompanied not only by the authority responsible for the recruitment procedure but also by the Equal Opportunities Working Group and, if necessary, by the Representative for Disabled Persons.

The university of Klagenfurt aims to increase the proportion of women and therefore specifically invites qualified women to apply for the position. Where the qualification is equivalent, women will be given preferential consideration.

People with disabilities or chronic diseases, who fulfil the requirements, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Travel and accommodation costs incurred during the application process will not be refunded.

Translations into other languages shall serve informational purposes only. Solely the version advertised in the University Bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) shall be legally binding.

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