The world is changing at an ever-faster pace. At the Johannes Kepler University Linz, we work on technologies and the ideas of tomorrow on a daily basis. At the same time, we educate over 24,000 young people to meet the demands of today’s job market. In short, we are Upper Austria’s largest institution for education and research. Are you interested in being a part of shaping the future of Austria’s most attractive campus university? We currently have a job opening for a:

Graduate Teaching Assistant (must hold a Diploma/Master's degree) at the Art x Science School for Transformation and Institute for Sociology for a 30-hour/week (part-time), four-year position

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Art x Science School for Transformation

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Since 2023, the Johannes Kepler University Linz is running the inter-university Art x Science School for Transformation in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. The school combines the strengths and expertise of both universities with the aim of addressing the challenges of our time and shaping interdisciplinary, future-oriented teaching and research.
The Art x Science School for Transformation is offering five PhD positions in different subject areas. A JKU professor will be responsible for the primary supervision of the theses, while a professor from the University of Applied Arts Vienna will be responsible for the second supervision. The positions are assigned to the Art x Science School for Transformation.
The position involves writing a transdisciplinary dissertation at the interface of art and science. Furthermore, involvement in the organisational development of the Art x Science School for Transformation as well as support in teaching and research activities is expected.
Please submit an exposé (2 to 4 pages) of your planned doctoral project with your application documents.

Job Duties::

  • Completion of an dissertation within the thematic spectrum of the PhD project mentioned below
  • Participation in projects, organisation and further development of the Art x Science School for Transformation
  • Communication and knowledge transfer
  • Teaching in the field of the PhD topic and the study programs of the Art x Science School for Transformation

Your Qualifications::

  • The successful candidate must hold a Diploma/Master’s degree in sociology or a corresponding social science
  • Expertise in the sociology of digitalisation, sociology of technology, sociological transformation research or related fields (e.g. sociology of work or organisational research)
  • Methodological knowledge of qualitative social research (e.g. ethnography or technography) and/or network research as well as initial practical research experience
  • Knowledge of co-creation methods is useful
  • Demonstrate strong motivation to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary research
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills (min. Level C1)
  • German language skills are an advantage
  • Interface competence and communication skills
  • Structured and analytical approach, strong realisation skills and the ability to work well independently
  • Affinity for art, science and research with a focus on innovation, digitalisation, inter- and transdisciplinarity and new technologies
  • Willingness to travel
  • Curiosity and a strong willingness to learn
  • High level of commitment and responsibility
  • Willingness to be part of a team and a strong social skill set

What We Offer::

  • On the basis of full-time employment (40 hours/week) the minimum salary in accordance with the collective agreement is € 3,578.80 gross per month (14 x per year, CA Job Grade: B1)
  • Stable employer
  • Attractive campus environment with good public transportation connections
  • Attractive continual educational opportunities
  • State-of-the-art research infrastructure
  • Dynamic research environment
  • Broad range of on-campus dining services/healthy meals (organic food at the cafeteria)
  • Exercise and sports classes (USI)
  • …and much more

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PhD Project

  • First supervisor: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uli Meyer
  • Peer Mentor: Stefanie Raible, M.A.
    Institute of Soziologie/ Department of Sociology with a focus on Innovation and Digitalization (SID)
  • Scientific Field(s): Sociology, visualization research and design researech
  • Topic of the PhD project: The PhD project ‘Visualizing The Digital Transformation’ examines visualisation approaches from art and design as well as from other fields and explores their epistemic potential for sociological and interdisciplinary digitalisation research. The aim is to analyse (i.e. understand/explain) and help shape phenomena of digital transformation with visual approaches from various disciplines. The project is located at the interface of sociology, design and art.

Digital transformation is a complex socio-technical process characterised by diverse interactions between social, technical and aesthetic aspects. Sociologists have so far mainly emploied text-based approaches to analyse it, while visual approaches remain largely untapped. In other sciences and professions, visual approaches are common practice without phenomena being fully analysed as socio-technical. The question also arises how new forms of digital data can be utilised. The aim of the dissertation is to make visualisation approaches from art, design, etc. usable for sociological and interdisciplinary digitalisation research.

The Johannes Kepler University wishes to increase the proportion of academic female faculty and, for this reason, especially welcomes applications by qualified women. If applicants are equally qualified, a woman will be given preference for this position. The university welcomes applications from qualified applicants with disabilities. These applications will be given special consideration.


For further information please contact: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Uli Meyer (Supervisor, Institute of Sociology), T +43 732 2468 7753, e-mail:, und Dr. Georg Hubmann (Art x Science School for Transformation), e-mail:

Exertion place address:

Altenberger Straße 69, 4040 Linz