Full-Time Tenure-Track Junior Group-Leader Position (f/m)

in Acoustic Phonetics

The Acoustics Research Institute (ARI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) invites applications for a full-time (40h) tenure-track junior group-leader position (m/f) open for researchers in Acoustic Phonetics.

ARI is an interdisciplinary research institution of the OeAW. ARI undertakes fundamental research in psychoacoustics, experimental audiology, acoustic phonetics, computational acoustics, mathematics, and signal processing. A close interaction between ARI's working groups allows innovative research approaches based on the synergy from multidisciplinarity and creates concepts that stimulate the individual research fields. ARI currently employs a staff of approximately 45 people. As part of the OeAW, ARI is focused towards high-impact research comparable to Max-Planck or CNRS institutes.

Acoustic Phonetics at ARI

The research group Acoustic Phonetics has been an important part of the multi-disciplinary research focus of ARI for more than 20 years now. The group is especially renowned for its research on Austrian German, varieties of German and other languages, and its contributions to forensic speech science. The group is an essential part of the inter-disciplinary research environment of the ARI and to the integration of basic phonetic research with signal and speech processing.

While the specific research direction (and the exact group name) is free to be decided by the new group leader within the broad field of phonetics and speech sciences, it should also take account of the existing strengths of this group including the phonetic and phonological description of languages and language varieties as well as their computational modelling, and speaker identification for forensics.

The aims of the group Acoustic Phonetics and its leader are:

  • Having a long-term research perspective in acoustic phonetics by building on the current research foci, as well as developing new ones.
  • Closely collaborating with the other working groups of ARI in interdisciplinary projects.
  • Striving for innovative scientific research expanding ARI's multidisciplinary research portfolio.
  • Aiming to acquire research grants, in order to fund a significant proportion of the group's research with external project funding.

The following resources will be available:

  • Access to all laboratory facilities of ARI.
  • The current working group (one PostDoc, 4 PhD students), partly financed by ongoing third-party funds.
  • One additional PostDoc position to be filled and assigned by the group leader (financed for the first two years).
  • Travelling and additional infrastructure (according to applicant's proposal) in consultation with ARI's director.

Details of Position

The position of group leader of Acoustic Phonetics at ARI can be compared to a tenurable Professorship of Phonetics and Speech Science  (of which there is none in Austria) but with fewer administrative and no strict teaching duties, in order to allow the successful applicant to focus on research. It is a tenure-track position. The salary will be EUR 46254,60 per year (before taxes) according to OeAW's collective agreements. In exceptional cases a higher starting salary is possible. The first contracts will be for up to five years. In the fourth year, the candidate is supposed to apply for an evaluation by the OeAW according to the OeAW evaluation rules. With a positive evaluation decision, the approval by the OeAW's President and Vice President, as well as ARI's director, the position will be tenured.

Main duties and key responsibilities of the successful applicant will be:

  • Scientific research and publications on highest international level.
  • Planning the scientific focus and output of the research group within the multidisciplinary environment of ARI.
  • Managing the research group as an internationally renowned scientific group.
  • Determining, obtaining, and managing the resources to sustain the research program in the long term, to keep or build up the size of the research group (e.g., third-party funding for the new PostDoc starting with year 3).
  • Supervising PhD and master students.
  • Supporting the director of ARI in all organizational issues as part of ARI's steering committee.
  • Being an active member or representative in corresponding networks and societies.
  • Participating in events aimed at introducing the scientific work of the group to the general public, e.g. Long Night of Research or Noise Awareness Day.


Successful applicants must have:

  • A PhD (or equivalent degree) and research experience commensurate with a habilitation. (If not existing a habilitation should be acquired at an Austrian university within the next two years.)
  • Experience at acquiring project funding.
  • An excellent scientific profile in phonetics and speech sciences.
  • A high potential to attract substantial additional funding.
  • Demonstrated research independence, maturity and willingness to work hard.
  • A very competitive and promising track-record appropriate to the applicants' career stage, including significant publications.
  • Knowledge of German or readiness to learn German expected: B2 after two years; C2 after five.

Applicants will be ranked higher if they:

  • Have shown experience with the current main research topics of the work group.
  • Have already shown multi-disciplinary approaches.
  • Have shown experience in leading a research group and being involved in administrative and organizational duties.

The OeAW is an equal opportunity employer. In cases of having the same level of qualification females or members of an under-represented social group are ranked higher.

The application process is divided into 2 stages:

Applicants are required to submit in the first stage (STAGE 1):

  • A letter (no more than 5 pages) outlining their interest in the position, their relevant experience and their fit to this call, the institute and interaction with the other working groups of ARI.
  • Curriculum Vitae (5 pages)
  • A list of all publications.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Short-listed candidates will be required to submit in the second stage (STAGE 2):

  • A short description of previous research activities.
  • A research plan (up to 15 pages) for the group providing the following details:
    • Planning of the research focus (a detailed description for the first five years and a long-term perspective beyond the five years).
    • A strategy on the integration into the multi-disciplinary research environment of ARI, including the interaction with other groups, as well as a statement about how the existing research directions will be incorporated.
    • A plan for the acquisition of financial resources to support the group.
    • Optional: additional infrastructure required, and a plan for its financial support.
  • A list of the ten most important publications with short summaries explaining their relevance for the application at ARI, including bibliometric data.

Selection Process

The following selection criteria will be applied:

  • Excellence of the candidate:
  • Excellent scientific track record according to academic age and internationally exceptional quality and leadership potential. Integration in the international scientific community and above-average performance (including successful third party funding).
    • Fit into the multidisciplinary research of ARI.

  • Quality of the visions for the group, as well as the methods and approaches:
    • Clear vision for the proposed research area and the group’s impact.
    • Comprehensive research methodology appropriate for the proposed work.
    • Potential to collaborate with at least two of the other working groups at ARI.
    • Potential of extending ARI's research portfolio and keeping the existing ‘renown’ areas of research.
    • Scientific relevance and potential to extend ARI's international scientific standing.

  • Financial planning and management ability:
    • Human and financial resources in accordance with proposed project content.
    • Feasibility of proposed funding.

This process can be terminated at any stage if no outstanding application is available.

The appointment to this position is planned between October 2018 and May 2019.


Submit applications before 15th April 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Notifications for second stage will be done before the 15th of May 2018, and second stage applications are invited until 15th of July 2018.

More information on the Acoustic Phonetics group: http://www.kfs.oeaw.ac.at/Phonetik

More information on the Austrian Academy of Sciences: http://www.oeaw.ac.at/

If you have questions with respect to the position do not hesitate to contact Peter Balazs via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


Acoustics Research Institute
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Wohllebengasse 12-14
1040 Wien