The University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Vetmeduni) is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for teaching and research in veterinary medicine as well as a sought-after partner for cooperation. The modern campus accommodates teaching and research facilities as well as the only veterinary teaching and research hospital in Austria and is the workplace of around 2,300 students and 1,400 staff. Vetmeduni distinguishes itself by striving for excellence in its teaching and research activities as well as in its service units and through its continuous dialogue with society.
The Clinical Department for Farm Animals and Food System Science seeks to appoint a
Professor for “Veterinary Public Health”
in accordance with the appointment procedure for university professors established by § 98 of the Austrian Universities Act 2002.
Level of employment: 40 hours weekly
Length of employment: permanent
Envisaged Job Starting Date: March 2025
Deadline for applications: 6.3.2024
Reference number: 2024/0014
Field of activity
The advertised professorship is affiliated to the Centre for Food Science and Veterinary Public Health and will work in research and teaching with the existing team on the spread, monitoring, and control of animal diseases, zoonoses, and antibiotic resistances as well as their economic implications. This includes the development of models for the spread of diseases, including monitoring and surveillance programs, and the impact of global climate change on these diseases. Modern analytical methods should be applied, and biosafety concepts are to be developed and evaluated.
In the field of antibiotic resistance, the focus should be on the influence of various factors, such as animal husbandry and hygiene management, on the occurrence and dissemination of resistant microorganisms and resistance determinants.
A research activity that deals with potential threat scenarios, the control of zoonoses and environmental hazards as well as options for risk management related to domestic and/or wild animals is desired.
The central objective of the professor to be appointed is to represent the field of Veterinary Public Health. Of particular importance is the development of an interdisciplinary, nternationally visible research focus in combination with the training of early career researchers. State-of-the-art facilities with excellent research and teaching opportunities are available to achieve this aim.
In research, the successful candidate is expected to enhance a relevant, independent, and internationally visible profile in collaboration with the institutions of Vetmeduni, especially the Clinical Departments. Adequate third-party funding for research is a prerequisite.
Collaboration with the relevant ministries, the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), regional veterinary authorities, companies, and other interest groups is expected.
In teaching, the successful candidate will coordinate and manage the further development of compulsory courses in Public Veterinary Health (including the specialisation module in Food Science, Veterinary Public Health) within the framework of the Diploma Programme in Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, the appointed professor will be responsible for the organisation and advancement of postgraduate scientific education, such as the Veterinary Public Health Qualification (“Physikat”) programme. The establishment of a residency programme in the European College of Veterinary Public Health is anticipated.
The job holder's responsibilities will also include working with university bodies and participation in national and international expert committees.
Required education, qualifications and experience
- Completed studies in veterinary medicine
- Completed subject-related Doctorate / PhD or comparable scientific qualification
- Familiarity with European veterinary legislation
- Experience in collaborating with veterinary authorities in the relevant field
- Relevant subject-related publication record in line with career level
- Evidence of the successful acquisition and management of third-party funded research projects
- Didactic qualification or experience in teaching, supervision, and training of undergraduate and graduate students
- Good command of English (level B2)
- Good command of German (level B2)
Required general skills and abilities
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Strong leadership and social skills
- A commercial and strategic mindset
- Decision-making ability and assertiveness
- Strong commitment to the continuing success and development of Vetmeduni
Additional desired qualifications and skills
- Successful completion of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (Diplomate status)
- Experience in collaborating with various interest groups
What we offer
- Top university: Vetmeduni is one of the leading academic education and research institutions in veterinary medicine in Europe
- Stable employer
- Attractive campus
- Personal and professional training and development opportunities
- Health Care
- Diversity- and family-friendly university culture
- Children’s day care and holiday care options
- Numerous attractive fringe benefits
- Employee events
The minimum salary according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff is EUR 6,362.50 gross per month (14 times per year). A higher salary may be agreed to during the appointment negotiations.
Application documents must include:
1. Letter of application with a brief description of:
- Current research interests and research plans for the immediate future
- Previous and planned areas of focus in academic teaching and supervision of young researchers
2. Curriculum vitae including:
- Information about “esteem factors” (e.g. experience as a publisher, functions in research societies or programme committees)
- List of lectures given including information about invited lectures at international conferences
- Information about projects funded by third parties, acquired either independently or in collaboration, stating topic, duration, origin, volume, own role in acquisition, as well as any inventions/patents
- List of academic teaching and supervised theses, especially doctoral theses
- Information about experience in organization, management and leadership
3. List of publications including specification of five key publications which the applicant considers particularly relevant to the advertised position
4. Further documents to prove the required education, qualifications and experience of the applicant
To apply for this position, please send your documents in English, noting the reference number 2024/0014, by e-mail to the Office of the Senate of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna at berufungen(at)vetmeduni.ac.at. There is no fee for submitting applications.
Presentations and interviews with the candidates are scheduled for June 2024 (likely in calendar week 25).
The Vetmeduni aims to increase the proportion of women among scientific and general university staff, especially in management positions, and therefore explicitly invites qualified women to apply. In the case of underrepresentation of women, female applicants who are equally suitable as the best-suited male competitor will be given priority, unless reasons relating to the person of a competitor prevail.
There is no fee required for submitting an application. Applicants have no entitlement to reimbursement of any travel or accommodation expenses they may incur as a result of the application procedure.
As a proud holder of the “hochschuleundfamilie” (“University and Family”) certificate, Vetmeduni welcomes applications from candidates with family responsibilities. We also encourage people with disabilities to apply.
Translations into other languages are solely for information purposes. The version advertised in the University Bulletin (Mitteilungsblatt) is the only one that is legally binding.
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Contact for further information
Univ. Prof.in Dr.in Andrea Ladinig
+43 1 25077 - 5216
Felizitas Delueg, MSc.
Büro für Kollegialorgane
+43 1 25077 - 1108
Veterinary Public Health
01. März 2025
06. März 2024