University of Vienna,

Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies, in cooperation with the Faculties of Life Sciences, Mathematics, Philosophy/Education and Physics

The Doctoral Program (“DK-plus program”) „The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts“ announces the award of

up to 10 fully paid doctoral student positions (Category a) and up to 10 associate positions (Category b, for students with other basic support) for up to 3.5 years beginning 1 October 2010.

With the support of the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), the University of Vienna offers a Ph.D. program, to be completed in six semesters (a seventh semester of support is available in case of a one-semester research or study visit abroad). The aims of the program are: to offer a structured interdisciplinary curriculum in History, Philosophy and Cultural Studies of Science with the collaboration of international visitors, and to make possible the joint supervision of dissertations by historians/philosophers of science and natural scientists/mathematicians.

Positions are funded for 3, in case of a research or study visit abroad for 3.5 years. Participation in the curriculum is required; members of the DK-plus program (in Category a and Category b) must therefore reside continuously in Vienna. Participation once or more in the annual „Vienna International Summer University“ in the second half of July is also part of the program.

Recipients of fully paid studentships(Collegiates, Category a) are employed according to the provisions of the FWF and the standard labor contract (Kollektivvertrag) of the University for 30 hours/week at the University of Vienna. Involvement in teaching is possible beginning in the second year of the program; remuneration for such activity will be additional to basic funding. Health and social insurance will be covered by the University. Tuition fee exemption, additional support for students with children, and funding for research and research related travel expenses are included. Associatesof the program (Category b) are not employed by the University within the framework of the DK-plus program, but may enter into other employment – including employment by the University of Vienna. Associates must complete all curriculum requirements and also have the right to apply for funding for

research or research related travel expenses.

Employment requirements: Completed advanced degree (Magister/Diplom/Master) in History, Philosophy, History of Science, History and Philosophy of Science, a relevant natural, social or cultural science or Mathematics. Applicants with one or more relevant BA/BSc degrees may be considered in exceptional cases. Proposed research topics should be relevant to at least one of the topic areas

of the DK-plus program. Information on the program’s aims, faculty, topic areas and possible dissertation topics can be found at the following web site: For information about the „Vienna International Summer University,“ see the web

Application procedure:

An application for a studentship (Category a) or an associate position (Category b) in the DK-plus program, „The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts“ must be supported by the following documentation:

–        A brief cover letter stating the reasons for applying;

–        Curriculum vitae;

–        Documentation of previous studies and copies of all university degrees received;

–        A brief exposé of the proposed dissertation project (maximum 5 pages) with bibliography (maximum one page);

–        Two letters of recommendation, one of which being preferably from the advisor of the latest degree thesis. These should be sent separatelyby the deadline date either by E-mail or by post to the Speaker (address below).

Applications for paid studentships (Category a) and for Associate positions (Category b) must be submitted with the same supporting materials. Applicants for paid studentships (Category a) may be offered associate positions (Category b).


Applications will be considered during May and June, and admissions announced during the first week of July 2010. Short listed applicants will be invited to Vienna for a personal interview. Applicants residing in Europe will receive reimbursement for travel to the interview; applicants residing outside Europe will be interviewed by telephone or video conference. Study in the program will

begin on 1 October 2010. Applications are due by 10 May 2010(postmark – priority air mail please! Simultaneous E-mail application strongly recommended), addressed to the Speaker of the DK-plus program, „The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural

Contexts“, o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mitchell Ash, Department of History, University of Vienna, Dr. Karl-Lueger-Ring 1, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.

Contact for inquiries:

Prof. Dr. Mitchell Ash: Tel.: +431 4277 40837 (Administrator: – 40803) E-mail:[email protected]

[mailto:[email protected]] .

Prof. Dr. Carola Sachse: Tel.: +431 4277 41207 (Administrator: – 41218) E-mail:[email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] .

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Stadler: Tel.: +431 4277 41209 (Administrator: – 41201) E-mail: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] .

Prof. Dr. Gerd B. Müller: Tel.+431 427756700(Administrator: 56701) E-mail:[email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]