The University of Innsbruck invites applications for the position of

University Professor of Human Geography

at the Institute of Geography at the Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences.

It is a position in accordance with § 98 of the Austrian Universities’ Act (Universitätsgesetz - UG) and will be based on a civil-law employment contract with the University on the basis of the Salaried Employees Act (Angestelltengesetz). The contract will be concluded for an unlimited period; the extent of employment is 100%.


The chair-holder is to represent the field of “Human Geography”, both in research and teaching.

The research focus should be on critical urban geography and/or critical economic geography, preferably in the context of sustainability and socio-ecological transformation processes. A multiscale and translocal examination of, for example, the socio-ecological effects of platform economies, artificial intelligence, the financialisation, datafication and commodification of nature and/or post-growth, sustainable governance in the city and/or economy and/or sustainable work is desired. Socially relevant research activities in the context of third mission and responsible science are desirable. In addition, an innovative, inter- and transdisciplinary range of methods is expected.

The person to be appointed should actively participate in one or more of the university's research areas, platforms and/or centres (e.g. the research centre "Global Change - Regional Sustainability") and contribute to national (e.g. UniNEtZ, Alliance of Sustainable Universities in Austria) and international networks in the field of sustainability (e.g. Aurora 2030). In addition, involvement in the university's centres for area studies, cooperation with research partners in the social sciences, humanities, economics and cultural sciences faculties and support for the university's sustainability initiative are expected.

In teaching, participation in the compulsory modules of the Bachelor's and Master's programs in Geography as well as Geography and Economics (teaching profession) and the doctoral program in Geography is expected, including the supervision of the corresponding theses.

An integral part of this professorship is dedicated, collegial participation in academic administration and self-governance.

Employment Requirements include

  • a) a degree in higher education in Austria or the equivalent abroad, pertinent to the position;
  • b) pertinent habilitation or comparable qualification (e.g. senior lecturer, associate professor);
  • c) publications in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals;
  • d) proven competencies in interdisciplinary and especially transdisciplinary approaches and methods;
  • e) evidence of involvement in international research;
  • f) interdisciplinary work in the fields of sustainability and transformation research;
  • g) relevant international experience and/or relevant non-university practice;
  • h) proven and comprehensive experience in the acquisition and administration of research funding;
  • i) pronounced teaching skills and high commitment to teaching;
  • j) qualification as a leader;
  • k) the ability to teach courses in German and English and, where appropriate, a willingness to learn German for use in university settings.
  • l) high social competence, ability to work in a team and collegiality

Your application must have arrived by March, 15th 2024 at Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck Fakultäten Servicestelle Standort Innrain 52f, A-6020 Innsbruck (

The University of Innsbruck is committed to increasing the percentage of female employees especially in leading positions and therefore explicitly invites women to apply. In the case of equivalent qualifications, women will be given preference.

In line with the Collective Bargaining Agreement professors are in remuneration group A 1, i.e., for a full-term professorship the basic salary is 5.826,50 Euro (14 times). Depending on qualification and experience a higher salary and facilities may be negotiated with the Rector. The university also offers attractive additional benefits (

The application should include: a curriculum vitae with a description of your scholarly and professional career; a list of scientific publications (peer-reviewed), and other academic work and projects, including projects funded by third parties; a list of international research experiences (with indication of the period and activity); the five most important publications; list of past lectures and modules taught; short research and teaching concepts. All documents have to be submitted in digital form (as one pdf-file).

The full, authoritative text in German (published in the official bulletin of the University of 03.01.2024) can be found at

Up-to-date information on the state of the opening can be found at

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