Job Opportunity: Director, Institute for Medieval Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Deadline 18th April 2022)

The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW), Austria’s central non-university research and science
institution, seeks to appoint a new Director (F*M) with tenure at the Institute for Medieval Research.

The Institute for Medieval Research in Vienna is a vibrant and productive hub for medieval research. IMAFO pursues innovative and cutting-edge approaches to medieval history through cultural and social studies as well as through the interpretation of the medieval heritage of Europe and Byzantium. Further research foci are on Digital Humanities, Historical Auxiliary Sciences, and source studies.

The new Director will complement and further enhance the institute’s outstanding research profile by
supporting interdisciplinarity. The successful candidate will be open to new ideas and be abreast of the latest international developments and new directions in medieval research, thereby fostering conditions that will allow excellent medieval research to flourish. The IMAFO is part of the vibrant local research environment comprising the numerous historical, archaeological and humanities institutes of OeAW and other research institutions in Vienna.

The OeAW is looking for a strong and ambitious person with innovative research ideas and an outstanding academic track record, including success in winning major research grants. The ideal candidate will be a creative scholar with strong leadership and management skills who is well connected within the international scholarly community. The OeAW seeks to appoint a Director who is enthusiastic about pursuing his or her own research within IMAFO while also enhancing and encouraging the research of existing IMAFO staff. Recruiting outstanding talent to fill new appointments will be among the Director’s key responsibilities.

Qualified candidates are invited to apply and submit a detailed application to President Anton Zeilinger and Vice President Arnold Suppan at, containing the following:
− Research concept and proposal for the strategic development of the IMAFO (maximum 4 pages)
− Curriculum vitae including an overview of recent research activities and funding (maximum 5 pages)
− A list of publications, with pdf files of the four most important publications

See full brief here.


Published by charlottecook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from Washington & Lee University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries, and plans to begin her PhD in the autumn of 2022.

One thought on “Job Opportunity: Director, Institute for Medieval Studies, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Deadline 18th April 2022)

  1. Epic stuff. I missed the deadline. Whoever was chosen is a lucky person for that is indeed a most rewarding and engaging academic position. Good luck !

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