The following roles are defined in the university’s “career development model”. These role descriptions were developed in cooperation with the Austrian Commission for Academic Personnel Development. The aim of the career development model was to provide the best possible opportunities for academic staff within the legal framework of the Universities Act.
- Predoctoral Assistant (Universitätsassistent:innen)
- 4 years
- Objective: Doctorate at the end of the contract
- Postdoctoral Assistant (Postdoc-Assistent:innen)
- 6 years
- Objective: Depending on the type of position, either a habilitation or qualification agreement
- Assistant Professor (Assistenzprofessor:innen – Postdoctoral Assistants holding a qualification agreement)
- Duration set out in the qualification agreement
- Objective: Fulfilment of the qualification agreement
- Associate Professor (Assoziierte Professor:innen)
- After successfully fulfilling the qualification agreement
- Full Professor (Universitätsprofessor:innen)
- Limited term in accordance with Section 99 or unlimited term in accordance with Section 98 of the Universities Act.
Additional roles include Wissenschaftliche Angestellte (Junior Research Fellow), also Senior Scientist: The term for these roles is limited to one year in the first instance, with the option to transfer to a permanent role. A completed doctoral qualification or Ph.D. is required. (Exception: temporary positions).
A large number of research staff work as project staff on third-party projects, as well as in traditional academic posts.
Universität Klagenfurt’s doctoral programmes also reflect the university’s internationalization aims. Programme leaders strive to appoint internationally renowned tutors for their flagship programmes and international experts are also expressly desirable to act as external examiners for completed dissertations.
Where reasonable, a mobility grant that facilitates a longer research residency abroad and financial compensation for the sending organizational unit also helps increase mobility amongst young researchers.