Job Vacancy: Researchers in Private International Law and in International Business Law


Professor Matthias Lehmann, Chair of Private International and Comparative Law at the University of Vienna (from 1 September 2020), seeks highly skilled and ambitious research fellows (“prae-docs”).

Successful candidates will hold a first law degree from any jurisdiction, possess an excellent command of English, and have a basic knowledge of German. Knowledge of other languages and advanced IT skills are desirable qualities that may be taken into consideration.

One type of position is available in the area comparative and private international law (further details here).

Another type of position is available in the area of international business law, preferably with the candidate having some knowledge or background in banking and capital markets law (further details here).

Fellows are given the opportunity to complete a PhD or conduct post-doctoral research in accordance with the Faculty’s regulations. Other responsibilities include teaching, and supporting Professor Lehmann in his work at the Chair.

The positions involve 30 hours per week, of which 10 hours are set aside for the individual PhD project, and are remunerated according to the Austrian public salary scale (c. 2.200 Euro gross per month, rising to 2.600 Euro after 3 years). Contracts are for an initial term of four years, with a flexible early termination option for the candidate.

Applications (including a covering letter in German or English, a cv, and relevant diploma) should be submitted via the University of Vienna’s Job Centre portal ( no later than 6 July 2020. Please include reference number 10950 for the specialisation in private international law and/or reference number 10951 for the specialisation in international business law. Questions about the positions can be addressed to