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Postdoc position in Agricultural Biotechnology (Austria) Deadline: August 24, 2018

The Science, Technology and Society Unit

Graz University of Technology (TU Graz)

Application Deadline

August 24, 2018

Program Commencement

October 2018

Duration of the Program

Four years

 Program Details

TU Graz is located in the center of Graz, the second biggest city in Austria. Research at the Science, Technology and Society Unit has two interconnected aims: 1) to better understand the various societal and environmental implications of technology development, and – based on this knowledge – 2) to strengthen research and innovation in line with broader societal needs.

The successful candidate will work together with Unit researchers on several interrelated research projects (including EU-funded projects) on technology assessment aspects, ELSA (ethical, legal, and social aspects), as well as responsible development of genome editing in plants and animals (principal investigator: Armin Spök). S/he will also contribute in:

  • Publication of research results in international journals
  • Supervision or co-supervision of project members at master level
  • Application for additional research funding in a competitive environment
  • Administration and management

Payment is in accordance with the Austrian Collective Bargaining Agreement for university staff §49(3)b B1 (postdoc). For an employment of 25 hours/week the annual net salary corresponds to ca. € 23,500.

Requirements & Conditions

Read Agricultural Biotechnology: Risk Analysis Research in the Federal Governmenta “snapshot” of the directed biotechnology risk analysis research supported by Federal funding!

Applicants must have:

  • A PhD (at the time the position begins)
  • Academic background in a life science or social sciences
  • Research experience in one or more of the following fields: technology assessment, ELSA studies, policy analysis, Science and Technology Studies, Open Science
  • Excellent proficiency in English
  • Ability to work in a team, organizing ability, reliability and high work motivation
  • Willingness to travel in the EU

Following are desirable:

  • Proficiency in German
  • Experience in biotechnology related topics
  • Experience in international collaboration
  • Experience in organizing meetings or workshops
  • Experiences in liaising with communicating to stakeholders
  • Experience in (co-)supervising students at master level

 Application Process

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A Letter of motivation indicating earliest possible starting date
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications
  • Two selected papers, chapters, or monographs as proof of writing skills (at least one has to be in English)
  • Two letters of reference

Applications should be written in English and submitted by e-mail to, Science, Technology, and Society Unit, Graz University of Technology. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews. Applications for travel grants for interviews can be made at:,

For further information, please, contact Dr. Armin Spök, +43 (0) 316 873 – 30660

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