Announcement: Scientific Director Position

The Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance seeks a Scientific Director beginning 1/1/2023.

The Documentation Center of Austrian Resistance (hereafter DÖW), supported by the Republic of Austria and the City of Vienna, was established in 1963 by former resistance fighters as well as by dedicated scholars, and has been an official Foundation since 1983. The central topics of interest include research and communication regarding resistance and persecution in Austria from 1933 to 1938, and from 1938 through 1945; the Holocaust; Roma and Sinti; exile; Nazi medical crimes; Nazi and postwar justice; right wing extremism and antisemitism after 1945; and restitution and compensation after 1945.

In addition, the work of the DÖW includes gathering thematically relevant sources; scientifically organizing; and archiving them. The DÖW maintains an archive and library comprising extensive collections and data sets, used in consultative services to students and researchers; journalists; and other interested parties. The DÖW dedicates itself to the communication of contemporary material to young students in particular, but also to adult education. The latter is supported by a permanent exhibit space and two memorials.

Job Description

The scientific manager/director is responsible for the strategic vision of the DÖW, leading its managers and staff, including budgeting in accordance with Article 10 of the founding charter of the DÖW. Likewise, the director is responsible for the DÖW’s research projects; conceiving of proposals; and the acquisition of third-party funds for research and development projects on a domestic, European, and transnational basis.

These activities proceed in close collaboration with the Foundation Committee (Stiftungsrat), its Foundation Chair, and the Association Chair of the DÖW (Vereinsvorstand). There is also collaboration with victims’ and concentration camp organizations, as well as research institutes and societies domestically and abroad. The scientific manager/director represents the DÖW in the domestic and international scientific community, in various advisory groups and before the public and the media.

Position Qualifications

  • Experience in leading a scientific or academic institution. Managerial talent and experience (business leadership, financial planning, account maintenance, supervision of personnel; and internal and external representation). [Weighting: 30%]
  • Knowledge of Austrian educational and research structures, experience in political relations and administration. [Weighting: 10%]
  • Leadership qualities, teamwork, social competence, well developed communications skills, and experience in media relations. [Weighting: 10%]
  • Internationally recognized archival, documentary, reporting and research activity in the area of contemporary history; and specifically contemporary Austrian history including: resistance against the Nazi regime; Nazi persecution for racist and/or political reasons (in particular, of Jews, national and religious minorities, and Roma and Sinti); Nazi crimes; the Nazi movement in Austria; right wing extremism; research in antisemitism and genocide; denazification and reparations; social measures for Nazi victims after 1945. [Weighting: 30%]
  • Knowledge and experience in conceiving, innovating, and implementing documentary and communications projects. Knowledge and experience in completing research projects, as well as dissemination of their findings. [Weighting: 20%]

Formal Criteria

Completion of a doctoral/PhD program, preferably in history, cultural science, or social science. Mastery in reading and writing English and German at a discourse level. Additional language skills would be desirable.

Hiring is on a full time basis. Service begins January 1, 2023. Remuneration follows the Collective Agreement (Kollektivvertrag) of the Employees of the Universities of October 1, 2009 in the pertinent version (paragraph 49. Salary system for scientific and artistic university personnel, Salary Group A1); the minimum monthly gross pay is 5,321.70 Euros.

Please submit your application with CV and list of publications, as well as other documents worthy of consideration by email no later than August 19, 2022 to the Chair of the Foundation Council (Stiftungsrat), Dr. Michael Häupl, at

Equal Treatment Provision (Gleichbehandlungsklausel): In order to increase the proportion of women, women are emphatically encouraged to apply. According to Paragraph 11b and Paragraph 11c of the federal Equal Treatment Law (Gleichbehandlungsgesetz) women applicants who match with the best qualified male applicant, are favored for the position.

All applicants will receive confirmation of submission of their application within seven working days.