Full Professorship of Macroeconomics and Digitalization

July 24, 2919
Social Sciences, Economics, Macroeconomics
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien
Wien, Austria
€ 71,882.80 EUR

WU is currently inviting applications for the position of a Full Professor of Macroeconomics and Digitalization at the Department of Economics. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research on macroeconomics with a special focus on aspects of the digital economy. Candidates are expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in their field.

WU is committed to diversity and inclusion, and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be supported during each stage of the recruitment process.

WU assesses performance in the context of each applicant’s biography and relative to the opportunities available to him or her. This approach recognizes that academic achievements cannot be assessed separately from each individual researchers’ biographical factors. To ensure equal opportunities, qualifications are evaluated relative to the applicant’s academic age. This means that WU takes biographical factors such as part-time employment or career interruptions due to caregiving or childcare obligations or other functions performed at or outside of a university into account.

In your application, you can include personal data related to biographical factors. WU will keep all data that you send us as part of your application confidential. All persons involved in the selection procedure are bound by obligations of secrecy.

The Department of Economics at WU covers the range of expert knowledge in the core areas of economic research. Its faculty conduct basic and applied research on both a theoretical and empirical basis and enjoy international recognition. The Department runs a full-service doctoral program that offers fields in a large number of specializations of modern economics; it hosts Austria's largest MSc Economics program (in English only, and with 50% international students). The Department is now looking to recruit a Professor of Macroeconomics and Digitalization to add significantly to its research and teaching capacity and take a leading role in promoting the visibility of Economics at WU.

The successful candidate is an expert in macroeconomics, demonstrating potential for developing a specific focus on the effect of digital technologies (understood in a broad sense and allowing for diverse phenomena such as automatisation in the production or digitalization in financial markets) on macroeconomic outcomes and the implications for macroeconomic policies and/or quantitative methods related to digital technologies to analyze the macroeconomy.


The successful candidate is expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in his/her field and to have outstanding qualifications:

  • A solid academic qualification (e.g. PhD, habilitation) in Economics or a related area
  • an outstanding international reputation for high quality scholarship commensurate with academic age, especially by having demonstrated the ability to publish in top-tier journals, in the above mentioned areas
  • excellent teaching qualifications at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in executive education
  • proven international experience
  • a record in attracting research funding
  • leadership qualities
  • gender and diversity management skills

What we expect from the successful candidate

The successful candidate is expected to perform teaching activities at all levels (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD/doctorate, and executive education) and actively contribute to WU’s teaching programs in the field of Digital Economy (on bachelor’s and master’s level). Full professors are expected to teach eight weekly credit hours.

We also expect the new professor to take an active role in the university’s self-governance and third mission activities.

Application process

Applicants should address their applications and all relevant documents (including in any case a letter of motivation, academic CV, reference to the criteria specified in the call for applications) to the rector of WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna.

Please note: In their application documents, applicants must respond to all criteria specified in the call for applications, especially to items A) Qualifications and B) Expectations. A reference to these two items is considered a mandatory element of any application to WU Vienna, and any applications that lack this mandatory element cannot be considered.

Applications must be submitted by July 24, 2019.

For details of the position, please contact Professor Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, head of the Institute for Macroeconomics, by phone: ++43-1-31336-4530, or email:

employed under salary group A 1 pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff [Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitäten], minimum gross yearly salary: € 71,882.80; the actual annual gross salary is subject to negotiation

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