Vice Rector for Digitalisation

Ref: 3969

University of Vienna

Vienna, Austria

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: competitive

Closing Date: 11/02/2019

Formal Interview Date: 28 March 2018

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Creative, forward-thinking and bold, the University of Vienna is an ambitious HE institution in Austria’s most vibrant city. The University has a clear mission: to conduct high-level research and to educate the next generation of students in order to contribute to the further development of the University’s position and its capacity for innovation.

The University is now looking to appoint an outstanding individual to lead the University’s digitalisation agenda in the new role of Vice Rector for Digitalisation. The successful candidate will need to be an inspirational and collaborative leader, with the drive to build on the University’s longstanding successes and deliver an ambitious agenda. Reporting to the Rector and the University Council, the appointee will be joining an ambitious Rectorate team and be expected to influence and contribute at a strategic and institutional level.

The role

The new Vice Rector for Digitalisation will play a pivotal role in the University’s future digitalisation process. It is expected that she/he will develop a digital agenda to help the University deliver on its proposition to research and the wider student population. The extent of the impact of the digital transformation requires the Vice Rector to create and implement an agenda in close collaboration with the other members of the Rectorate. The digitalisation strategy and necessary conditions, principles and policies should be developed and implemented. The outcome is expected to show visible changes to the benefit of research, students and staff and in a sense the wider community. The digital agenda will have an impact on the professional development of faculty involved in research and teaching, it will contribute to the complex task of the Senate to implement innovative changes in the curriculum, and it will help the University to develop more effective and efficient forms of education.

The Vice Rector for Digitalisation is a new role at the University of Vienna and, as a result, responsibilities and duties will be tailored to the successful candidate’s track-record and skills. The role offers the unique opportunity to make a real difference by shaping the future direction of the University of Vienna, and to further develop an academic career in a dynamic and supportive environment.

The offer from University of Vienna is a four-year, full-time, appointment as Vice Rector for Digitalisation. The salary and benefits (which include health-care insurance) are highly competitive, fully commensurate with the seniority and nature of the appointment and will reflect the required high-calibre of the successful candidate. Relocation support will be provided by the University as necessary.

The appointment process and how to apply

The Vice Rector will be appointed by the University Council based on a proposal by the Rector and after the Senate has given its opinion. An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver, to assist the University of Vienna in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role and to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates.

Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on +31 20 2404 376 or by emailing The deadline for sending Expressions of Interest is 9am CET on Monday 11th February 2019.

Expressions of Interest should consist of a full CV accompanied by a brief covering letter. These can be can be uploaded at, quoting reference 3969. Expressions of Interest will be considered in late February and longlisted candidates will be invited to have an informal conversation with Perrett Laver between the end of February and mid-March. Shortlisted candidates will be selected on the 21st of March and interviews will take place in Vienna on the 28th of March. The process will conclude with formal interviews with the University Senate on the 9th of May and with the University Council on the 24th of May. Availability on these dates is mandatory.

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