Full Professor of International Political Economy

WU is currently inviting applications for the position of a Full Professor of International Political Economy at the Department of Socioeconomics. Candidates are expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in their field. We seek to hire a social scientist working at the intersection of economics and politics with an emphasis on international and comparative perspectives.

WU is committed to diversity and inclusion, and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be supported during each stage of the recruitment process.

WU assesses performance in the context of each applicant’s biography and relative to the opportunities available to him or her. This approach recognizes that academic achievements cannot be assessed separately from each individual researchers’ biographical factors. To ensure equal opportunities, qualifications are evaluated relative to the applicant’s academic age. This means that WU takes biographical factors such as part-time employment or career interruptions due to caregiving or childcare obligations or other functions performed at or outside of a university into account.
In your application, you can include personal data related to biographical factors. WU will keep all data that you send us as part of your application confidential. All persons involved in the selection procedure are bound by obligations of secrecy.

The Department of Socioeconomics pursues an integrated interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research involving different social sciences. It conducts internationally outstanding research and fosters a broad understanding of economics, politics and society. The Department actively supports the science-society interface. We are open to applications from all fields of international political economy and are particularly interested in candidates working on
· the international political economy and relevant international (political and economic) actors, institutions, governance, and regimes;
· the comparison of national or regional political-economic systems and their interaction in the international and global policy context;
· the role of policy and policy paradigms in furthering or containing human development, social and economic inequality and environmental problems.
Potential fields of research preferably include, but are not limited to, the assessment of specific governance constellations in a multi-level and cross-national context and the analysis of concrete public policy issues.


The successful candidate is expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in his/her field and to have outstanding qualifications:
  • A solid academic qualification (e.g. PhD, habilitation) in a relevant social science discipline
  • an outstanding international reputation for high quality scholarship in the area of international political economy commensurate with academic age, especially by having demonstrated the ability to publish in top-tier journals of the field
  • ability to develop research agendas and to supervise junior researchers (incl. PhD students)
  • excellent teaching qualifications at undergraduate and graduate levels and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching
  • proven international experience and being part of international research networks in the area of interest
  • a strong record in attracting research funding from competitive research grants
  • leadership qualities
  • gender and diversity management skills

What we expect from the successful candidate

The successful candidate conducts research in international political economy and is able to draw in this research on multiple perspectives, analytical concepts and methods. His or her work should relate to the research and teaching areas of the Department (https://www.wu.ac.at/en/department-socioeconomics/research/) and offer an integrated political-economic perspective. The new professor is expected to contribute to interdisciplinary collaboration at the Department, e.g., in the field of global social, economic and environmental challenges and crises.

The successful candidate is expected to perform teaching activities at all levels (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD/doctorate, and executive education). Full professors are expected to teach eight weekly credit hours.

We also expect the new professor to take an active role in the university’s self-governance and third mission activities.

Application process

Applicants should address their applications and all relevant documents (including in any case a letter of motivation, academic CV, reference to the criteria specified in the call for applications) to the rector of WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna.

Please submit your application online until September 25, 2019.

For details of the position, please contact Professor Ulrike Schneider, chair of the Department of Socioeconomics, by phone: +43-1-31336-5872, or email: ulrike.schneider@wu.ac.at.

Please note: In their application documents, applicants must respond to all criteria specified in the call for applications, especially to items A) Qualifications and B) Expectations. A reference to these two items is considered a mandatory element of any application to WU Vienna, and any applications that lack this mandatory element cannot be considered.

employed under salary group A 1 pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff [Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitäten], minimum gross yearly salary: € 71,882.80; the actual annual gross salary is subject to negotiation