Professorship in Sociology with a focus on Digitalization, New Media, and Industrial Development

Johannes Kepler University Linz - Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business

In compliance with § 98 of the 2002 Austrian Universities Act, the Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz is announcing a tenured faculty opening for permanent position as a university professor for Sociology, focus on Digitalization, New Media and Industrial Development

The Faculty of Social Sciences, Economics and Business at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz invites applications for a full-time, permanent position as a Professor of Sociology with a focus on Digitalization, New Media, and Industrial Development to begin immediately.

The main research areas will include analyzing digitalization and the use of new media. The focus is to be on application-oriented industrial research. The successful candidate will conduct research under the headings of Industry 4.0, Work 4.0, and the future of work as well the impact of digitization on different areas of life, such as work and family, media and the public, and more. The successful candidate will possess interdisciplinary and international work experience, present a list of publications in the field of research as well as possess project experience on topics of real-world relevance. In addition to international experience, the successful candidate should also be locally knowledgeable as project collaboration with social partners, companies, the local government, and local civil society have a history of tradition at the JKU and candidates must show potential to continue developing these areas. The successful candidate will be expected to actively take part in developing the academic content for degree programs offered at the Institute for Sociology and related departments. In addition, the successful candidate will actively take part in creating new, interdisciplinary teaching programs.

A detailed job profile contains the exact requirements for the positions. For more information, please contact Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Bacher (Institute for Sociology,, +43 732 2468 7700).

Based on a voluntary basis agreement regarding salary, there is minimum salary according to the collective agreement. Contingent upon the current position (present salary) is an annual gross salary (minimum salary as stated in the collective agreement plus voluntary additional payments) of €80,000 to €100,000.

The Johannes Kepler University wishes to increase the proportion of academic female faculty and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications by qualified women. According to the university policy, if applicants are equally qualified, a woman will be given preference for this position. Applicants without knowledge of German are expected to learn the German language, as soon as possible, up to a level that allows communication and participation in university activities, both formal and informal.

Prospective applicants interested in the position are requested to electronically send an application in adherence to the stated criteria, together with the requested documentation including the application form and current CV, plus all relevant documents, publication list, list of courses held, etc. to the Rector of the Johannes Kepler University of Linz ( by March 8, 2018. If documents cannot be sent electronically, they are to be sent in triplet copy and should arrive at the Rector’s office no later than one week after the end of the application deadline. Further information and the application form can be obtained at:

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