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Tenure-Track Group-Leader Position (m/f) in Demography

Research Group on "Formal Demography, Population Dynamics and Forecasting"

The Vienna Institute of Demography (VID) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW) is looking for an outstanding international scientist to head its Research Group on mathematical demography with a specific focus on statistical and computer methods and techniques to model and forecast multi-dimensional population dynamics.

VID is an integral part of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital, which is a collaboration among the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business. As stated in its Mission Statement the Wittgenstein Centre aspires to be a world leader in the advancement of demographic methods and their application to the analysis of human capital and population dynamics. The Wittgenstein Centre has a global network of collaborators and its scientists have already won eight ERC grants. For more information see

The new Research Group leader will play an important role at the heart of the Centre’s mission and should be interested in closely collaborating with the other groups of the Centre.

Main duties and key responsibilities of the successful application will be:

  • Planning the scientific focus of a research group
  • Managing the research group
  • Determining, obtaining, and managing the resource requirements to sustain an own research program in the long term.


This is a tenure-track position. The salary will be EUR 3,303.90 a month (14 payments a year, before taxes) according to OeAW's collective agreements. In exceptional cases a higher starting salary is possible.

The first contract will be for two years. It will be extended by three years, if the candidate and the group fulfils the expectations raised in the application.  

In the fifth year, the candidate can apply for an evaluation by the OeAW evaluation board, according to the OeAW evaluation rules. With a positive evaluation decision, the approval by the OeAW's President and Vice President, the position will become tenured.

Otherwise, the position will be extended by a one-year phase-out period and closed at the end of its sixth year.

With respect to the OeAW career model, this position is a Junior Group Leader position. It is comparable to an Associate Professor position at a university, however, it has less administrative and committees duties, and no strict teaching duties. The successful applicant will have much time to focus on research. Note that some link of the candidate to an Austrian university is necessary to be able to supervise students and such a link will probably include some teaching.

The Austrian Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunities employer.


Successful applicants must have:

  • a PhD (or equivalent degree);
  • experience at acquiring project funding;
  • excellence in mathematical statistics.
  • excellence in mathematical demography.
  • programming experience.
  • teaching experience.
  • a scientific profile that fits well into VID's established working groups, but is complementary to them;
  • a high potential to attract substantial additional funding;
  • shown research independence and maturity;
  • a competitive promising track-record appropriate to the respective research field and the applicants' career stage, including significant publications.

Applicants are expected to submit:

  • a letter of application (up to three pages) expressing their particular interest, motivation and qualifications for this call.
  • a short description of previous research activities
  • short description of planned research activities and foci
  • curriculum vitae
  • a list of all publications,
  • a list of the 3 most important publications with a short explanation of their relevance for the further development of formal demography
  • a list of 3 possible referees

The starting date for this position is planned on January 1st, 2018.

Please submit applications before September 1st, 2017 to

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If you have questions with respect to the position do not hesitate to contact Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz by email (