Organisation: University of Innsbruck
Location: Austria
Deadline: 5 September 2022

The University of Innsbruck invites applications for the position of a University Professor of RAILWAY CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP BY GETZNER Werkstoffe GmbH at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. It is a position in accordance with § 98 of the Austrian Universities’ Act (Universitätsgesetz - UG) and will be based on a civil-law employment contract with the University on the basis of the Salaried Employees Act (Angestelltengesetz). It will be concluded for an unlimited period. For the first five years the professorship will be co-financed by Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH.


The successful candidate should cover and represent the domain of railway construction and operation in both research and teaching.

The research area of the professorship specifically includes further development of the research in the field of track engineering and optimization of track systems established at the University of Innsbruck at the Unit of Intelligent Transport Systems of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering.

Fields of research may include:

  • Optimization of track systems and maintenance of the superstructure, especially against the background of the specific requirements of the Alpine region
  • Development and implementation of testing procedures for superstructure components
  • Elastic elements in system solutions for the track superstructure on ballasted track and slab track with regard to stability and safety, noise and vibrations
  • Further development of measurement methods on the track and in the laboratory in connection with modelling

A close interdisciplinary cooperation with other relevant professorships in the field of civil and environmental engineering of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and integration into the main research areas and research centers of the University of Innsbruck (the Research Center Alpine Infrastructure Engineering of the Research Area Mountain Regions in particular) are expected.

Research activities should include both nationally and internationally funded projects in basic and applied research in close cooperation with other scientific institutions and industry. The successful candidate gives lectures in the field of railway engineering in the bachelor program Civil and Environmental Engineering, in the master program Environmental Engineering and in related PhD programs of the Faculty of Engineering and supervises related theses. Courses within the bachelor and master programs must be held in German.

Participation in academic administration and self-governance is compulsory.

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a) A pertinent degree in higher education from an Austrian or comparable foreign tertiary education institution;

b) A pertinent ‘Habilitation’ or equivalent qualification in railway construction and operation;

c) Publications in leading German and English language journals or international peer-reviewed journals in the field of track engineering and optimization of track systems;

d) Practical experience in the development of track engineering and optimization of track systems;

e) Experience in initiating and conducting research projects or involvement in international research and acquisition of research funds;

f) Interdisciplinary work in the field of track engineering and optimization of track systems;

g) Willingness to participate in research associations and collaborations inside and outside the University of Innsbruck;

h) Excellent teaching skills;

i) Leadership ability;

j) Excellent command of German and English.

Applications must reach us at latest by September 5, 2022 at Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Fakultäten Servicestelle, Standort Technikerstraße 17, A-6020 Innsbruck (fss-technik@uibk.ac.at).

The University of Innsbruck is committed to increasing the percentage of female employees, especially in leading positions and therefore explicitly invites women to apply. In the case of equivalent qualifications, women will be given preference.

The application documents should comprise:

  • Curriculum Vitae, including a description of the scientific and professional development;
  • A list of scientific publications, presentations, as well as other scientific work and projects;
  • A description of past, current, and planned research activities;
  • The five most important publications;
  • A research statement;
  • A teaching statement.

Application documents have to be submitted electronically, preferably via email. Submission as hardcopies is optional.

In line with the Collective Bargaining Agreement professors are in remuneration group A 1, i.e., for a full-term professorship the basic salary before tax is 76.127,80 Euro per year. Depending on qualification and experience a higher salary and facilities may be negotiated with the Rector. The university also offers attractive additional benefits (www.uibk.ac.at/universitaet/zusatzleistungen). © BfÖ 2022

The full, authoritative text in German (published in the official bulletin of the University of August 03,

2022) as well as additional information on the current status of the application process may be found at:


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Tilmann Märk