Announcement of a scientific staff position at the Department Archives for the History of Science, Natural History Museum Vienna
This full-time position (40 hours) comprises the scientific management/curatorship of the physical objects and the written records collections of the Department Archives for the History of Science at the Natural History Museum Vienna.
doctoral degree (PhD) in a relevant field, such as history, history of the natural sciences, auxiliary sciences of history, archival studies
Detailed knowledge of
- History of Austria
- Archival studies, auxiliary historical sciences, including archive and records management, as well editing techniques and historical scripts (e.g. kurrent, historical stenography)
several years of post-doctoral experience in historical research, preferably with focus on History of Science; especially of those disciplines represented at the NhMW and archival studies
scientific publications in international peer reviewed journals in the relevant fields
documentation of research activities (in relevant third party funded projects)
knowledge of classical and modern methods in history, archival studies and conservation, and restoration of archival materials
curatorial experience concerning scientific archival material
excellent knowledge of German, very good knowledge of English, both spoken and written, basic knowledge of French and Latin
ability to work in a team.
Experiences and skills relevant for the position
successful acquisition and leadership of externally funded relevant research projects;
experience in communication of scientific topics to the scientific community and to the public/media;
good IT (computing) knowledge, including experience with databases.
willingness to participate/support didactic projects and exhibitions;
willingness to conduct joint research projects with department colleagues
planning and realization of research projects concerning the history of individual branches of science in connection with objects from the museum's collections
raising external funding for such research projects;
presentation of research at international congresses and workshops;
publication of results in international scientific journals.
curating the relevant collections of the Natural History Museum, including management, loan processing, digitization, administration and expansion of the collection;
international and national curatorial cooperation
extension and curation of data in the departments collection database
improvement of the database.
Participation in departmental duties beyond the research activities
supervision of volunteers.
Education and Public Relations
support of the educational role of the museum (exhibitions, popular science publications,
presentations, guided tours; answering relevant requests of students and laypersons) in
collaboration with the Department of Exhibition and Education of the NHMW
cooperation with media and institutions of education (publications, presentations, interviews, advice and projects) in consultation with the Department of Communication and Media of the NHMW.
According to the FWF standard personnel costs and salaries (postdoc): https://www.fwf.ac.at/en/research-funding/personnel-costs/
Applications must include:
CV (including publication list, separated in international peer-reviewed scientific papers and other publications);
letter of application and motivation, specifying qualifications according to the announcement;
name and address of at least two (independent) colleagues who can, upon request, prepare reference letters.
Applications via postal mail or e-mail (preferably in German, English is accepted, but see the requirement of demonstrated excellent knowledge of German; in the form of one single PDF document) must be received no later than March 31, 2020 at the general director's office of the Natural History Museum Vienna; Burgring 7; 1010 Wien, Austria;