Research Fellow in STS (Austria) Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019

Institute of Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS), Graz

Application Deadline

Feb.28, 2019

Program Commencement

Oct.01, 2019

Duration of the Program

(Upto) 9 Months

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Program Details

The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, technology and society, as well as technology assessment and research into the development and implementation of socially and environmentally sound technologies. Broadly speaking, the IAS-STS is an institute for the enhancement of science, technology and society studies. 

The IAS-STS provides Research Fellows with a workplace equipped with modern information and communication technology and an administrative infrastructure. Research Fellows have access to the library of the hosting institution: IFZ (Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture), and to the university libraries in Graz. Close co-operation with researchers at the IFZ, and the Science, Technology and Society Unit (STS) of the Graz University of Technology, guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences provide an atmosphere of creativity and scholarly discussion. During their stay at the IAS-STS, Research Fellows are required to have their residence in Graz. 

The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2019 and 30 June 2020 as a Research Fellow.

The Fellowship Program 2019-2020 is dedicated to projects investigating the following issues:

  1. Gender – Technology – Environment
  2. Life Sciences/Biotechnology
  3. Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign
  4. Towards Low-Carbon Energy and Mobility Systems
  5. Sustainable Food Systems

Five grants, worth EUR 940,- per month are offered. Applicants must provide evidence that their employer or other institution cannot supply funding. The Director of the IAS-STS decides on the awarding of grants after consultation with the Scientific Advisory Board.

For further information, please visit the website.

Eligibility/ Requirements

The IAS-STS is open to applicants of all academic positions and disciplines. To be eligible for membership, candidates must have completed university studies. Applicants working on their doctoral dissertation or postdoctoral (habilitation) thesis are given preference. For doctoral theses, comments and/or references of the supervisor should be enclosed with the application. The IAS-STS will not provide a formal supervision of doctoral theses. Scientists not intending to write a doctoral or postdoctoral (habilitation) thesis also have the possibility of applying for membership as a Research Fellow at the IAS-STS for research purposes. This applies in particular to those who have already acquired these qualifications. In this case, special emphasis will be placed on publications relevant to the subject in the appointment process. Young scientists who are not yet working on their doctoral theses but who are taking part in research projects relevant to the subject can also be appointed as Research Fellows of the IAS-STS. It is of utmost importance for them to submit letters of reference. 

Application Process

Applications to the Fellowship Program 2019/2020 can be submitted via email or postal mail.

Postal Address: 

Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)
Attn. Günter Getzinger
Kopernikusgasse 9
8010 Graz – Austria.


The following documents must be sent:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Curriculum vitae (in tabular form)
  3. Copies of academic certificates
  4. List of publications
  5. Applicant’s publications (one or two), abstracts of diploma thesis, doctoral thesis etc.
  6. Short presentation of planned research project (approx. 5-10 pages), structured as follows:  general objectives  detailed description  procedure including method(s)  time schedule  selected bibliography
  7. Confirmation of present studies (doctoral thesis, postdoctoral (habilitation) thesis etc.)
  8. Comments and/or references (of doctoral/postdoctoral (habilitation) thesis supervisor).

Grant applications are to be filled in separately and submitted with a completed “Application for Appointment as Research Fellow or Visiting Scholar” (the blue application form).


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