University of Innsbruck



The digital transformation brings with it comprehensive changes in technological, professional and social terms. The university's task is not only to drive forward the technical application-oriented side of the digital transformation, but also to take a holistic view, for example, of ethical, social or legal aspects.

The University of Innsbruck sees itself as an innovative driver of digital transformation and aims to be the leading comprehensive university in Austria. To achieve this, the digital transformation in research, teaching and administration as well as intra- and inter-university opportunities for digital collaboration are being driven forward.

Tenure trail

3-stage qualification procedure

Applicants applying for a position as part of the digitalization initiative of the University of Innsbruck have the opportunity to conclude a qualification agreement.

Starting as a PostDoc

Within the first year after taking up the position, the qualification goals in the areas of research, teaching and leadership/management/social competence as well as the qualification duration are determined.

Salary: Annual gross € 53,254.60
(as of 2019 on the basis of full-time employment)

Assistant professor

The qualification period starts when the qualification agreement is accepted and ends when the evaluation begins (at the latest one year before the end of the employment relationship). It is thus approximately 4 years, but can also be considerably shortened depending on the qualification of the job holder, e.g. if a habilitation has already been obtained. At the start of the qualification period, the research assistant becomes an "Assistant Professor" (§ 27 Paragraph 3 Sentence 1 KV). This is accompanied by

  1. he/she enjoys extended protection against dismissal for the period of the qualification agreement in accordance with § 27 section 4 KV;
  2. he/she is classified in salary group A2 (§ 49 (2) KV) from the following month;
  3. his/her her teaching obligation is set at up to 4 hours per week per semester on a two-year average (§ 49 Abs 7 iVm section 9 Z 1 KV);
  4. he/she receives a corresponding supplement to the service contract.

During the qualification period, appraisal interviews are held with superiors. The qualification progress is also accompanied by advisory boards and mentors. Approximately one year before the end of the contract, the procedure for assessing the achievement of objectives in accordance with the relevant evaluation guidelines begins. If the evaluation is negative, the temporary employment relationship expires.

Salary: Annual gross € 62.977,60
(as of 2019 on the basis of full-time employment)

Associate professor

Upon reaching the agreed qualification, the assistant professor concerned becomes an "associate professor". Along with this,

  1. her/his possibly fixed-term job is terminated and thus the employment relationship is continued for an indefinite period of time
  2. she/he is placed in the A2/2 salary group (§ 49 section 2 lit a KV) as of the following month
  3. she/he must be used according to his/her qualification
  4. she/he has the right to teach science in his subject on his own responsibility and in the same way as a university professor through the facilities of the university. His teaching obligation can be set at up to 8 semester hours per week on a two-year average (§ 49 section 7 in conjunction with section 9 Z 1 KV)
  5. she/he has the right to use the facilities of the university for scientific work
  6. she/he has the right to supervise and evaluate scientific work (in particular final theses)
  7. she/he receives a corresponding supplement to his employment contract

Salary: Annual gross € 68,285.00 (entry) to € 96,042.80 (after several automatic advances)
(as of 2019 on the basis of full-time employment)

Digital Science Center (DiSC)

Digital Science Center (DiSC)

Research Area Digital Science Center

Digital procedures, methods, and media are transforming all aspects of our society including science, economy, and social relations, a process known as digitalization. Growing capacities of data processing and progress in analytical methods and artificial intelligence are motivating entire branches of science to raise new questions and to develop new approaches. This transformation requires progressive, interdisciplinary synergies between computer science and related scientific disciplines such as mathematics and statistics on the one hand, and virtually all other scientific disciplines on the other hand.
The objective of the Digital Science Center at the University of Innsbruck integrates and promotes digitalization of scientific research, spearheading new research directions and supporting high-quality science. To this end, it employs staff researchers from diverse scientific disciplines with high competence in digital science. It forges new interdisciplinary research synergies and offers courses to promote competence in digital science in all scientific disciplines.:

Digitalization at the University of Innsbruck

Scientific Computing

Scientific Computing

The research focus Scientific Computing integrates all research activities of the University of Innsbruck in the fields of information technology (IT) and computer-aided research.

The use of modern high-performance computers enables the simulation and optimization of complex processes and the analysis and presentation of big data in order to solve increasingly complex computational and data-intensive problems in a wide variety of areas such as natural sciences, engineering sciences and life sciences.

Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities

In the research center "Digital Humanities" the University of Innsbruck bundles its digitalization activities in the fields of cultural sciences and humanities. The aim is to research and advance information technologies in these sciences.

At many faculties of the University of Innsbruck, corresponding projects are underway: For example, larger text bodies are analyzed linguistically, 3D data models of cultural monuments are created and new algorithms for improving the automated text recognition of medieval manuscripts are tested and developed.

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