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2 PhD positions “Leading the first data revolution in European agriculture” (DATAREV), University of Vienna

06-04-2022 10:31


At the Department of Economic and Social History of the Vienna Faculty of History, Assistant Prof. Federico D’Onofrio is looking for a University Assistant prae doc (Ph.D. student) in the field of economic and social or business history. Successful candidates will join the team of the project “DATAREV, Leading the first data revolution in European agriculture: farm accountancy data and their impact 1870–1945”. The project investigates accounting as a crucial tool of Europe’s agricultural modernization. For more information on the project, check the website

In addition to completing their dissertation, the successful candidate will contribute to the construction of a database of farm accountancy data and investigate the case of farm accountancy data of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: paragraph 48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade. Duration of employment: 3 year/s (can be extended up to 4 years) and 30 hours/week.

Job Description:
- Participation in DATAREV project, including:
1. Completing a doctoral dissertation of the spread of farm accounting - We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12 months.
2. Supporting the creation of the database of historical farm accountancy data
3. Participating in publications / academic articles / presentations as defined by the PI of the DATAREV project
4. Helping with the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums.

- completed Master's degree (or equivalent) in History, Economic or Business History or equivalent qualification
- Master's degree in History, Economic or Business History, with grades above average. A very good command of English (written and oral) is required. Knowledge of quantitative methods for economic history will be considered relevant
- fluency in German is not a necessary pre-requisite

Applications including a letter of motivation (in English), an academic curriculum vitae (in English), the names of two referees, a list of publications (if any), evidence of teaching experience (if available) and degree certificates should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than April 15th 2022, mentioning reference number.

Contact details
For further information please contact
Federico D'Onofrio
E-Mail: federico.donofrio[at]


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Η Δράση Αναβάθμιση και Ανανέωση του ιστοχώρου της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Οικονομικής Ιστορίας χρηματοδοτείται από το Κοινωφελές Ίδρυμα Ιωάννη Σ. Λάτση, στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ενίσχυσης Επιστημονικών Εταιρειών 2016