Vacancy: PhD Researcher

Published on: July 22, 2020

Alma Mater Europaea is recruiting two ambitious PhD researchers who will perform excellent research in Social Sciences, Law, Human Rights, Political Science, Sociology, Arts or Humanities (M/F 1.0 FTE, starting in September 2020). As a PhD researcher, you will join an ambitious international interdisciplinary team, which is committed to promoting excellent international and interdisciplinary research.

Candidates will be selected based on their professional qualifications, the letter of motivation, their previous publications, and the quality of their research proposal, and will be employed at Alma Mater Europaea in Slovenia.

One of the selected candidates will work in Slovenia, either in Ljubljana or Maribor office, and the other will work online from their location.

Job location:

  • 1st candidate: Job location: Ljubljana or Maribor, Slovenia
  • 2nd candidate: Job location: online

Salary: € 2.000 gross monthly, and increase up to € 3.500 gross monthly


Full PhD tuition/scholarship in addition to salary. Alma Mater offers excellent working conditions: a market-based salary, a generous holiday allowance, flexible work period, extensive opportunities for education and career development, € 4.000 for research (conferences, computer, travel, books).

Key responsibilities:

  • Engage in individual or supervised scientific research that will result in academic publication in journals (SCOPUS or SSCI) and a doctoral thesis;

  • Carry out a systematic review of scholarly and policy material;

  • Submit research output for publication in peer-reviewed international academic journals;     

  • Subject to additional agreement: Participate in the educational, research-related, and administrative activities of Alma Mater, including an online course in English (subject to be agreed with you later).


You have a university degree in any discipline. You are born 1992 or later (age: 28 or less). You can demonstrate relevant scientific research skills, proven, for example, by academic publications or by the quality of your master thesis. You have excellent oral and written skills in English.

Current master students, who will finish their master this summer, are welcome to apply if you have at least one publication or a finished master thesis. Bear in mind that proof of a master's degree is a formal requirement for employment, which will only be possible if the master's degree has been obtained before early September 2020, in order to start a job in late September 2020.

Terms of employment

The position begins with a temporary employment contract for 12 months in which the candidate’s suitability is evaluated. This probationary period consists of individual research, the publication of academic articles, and an educational programme. In the remaining 24- or 36-month period PhD researchers focus on their research and the completion of their thesis. In both phases, structured guidance is provided by the supervisors and senior researchers.

We offer an attractive position with good terms of employment.

The monthly salary is € 2.000 gross for a fulltime position of 38 hours a week during the first year, which may increase annually up to € 3.500 gross per month, depending on the quality of research and other results.

The attractive benefits package includes a new computer, office equipment, full tuition/scholarship for PhD studies, extensive leave possibilities for a healthy work/life balance, a pension fund, and an excellent collective insurance package. In case of your work in Slovenia, you will be entitled to a shared or own office.

Your primary responsibility is to publish scholarly articles, the number to be determined, depending on the field of study, and on the agreement. We may agree that you do either do the research only or both the research and teaching.

Terms and conditions

The successful applicant will be appointed for a fixed-term period of 12 months, with a continuation dependent upon an evaluation. The gross monthly salary will range from € 2.000 per month in the first year, possibly gradually rising to € 3.500, in the final year,  depending on the quality of research and other results.


Alma Mater Europaea is an international university founded by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, based in Salzburg, Austria. It has offices in Salzburg, Austria, and in Ljubljana and Maribor, Slovenia. About 1300 students study from about 20 countries study at Alma Mater Europaea. Alma Mater Europaea offers doctoral studies in humanities, project management, social gerontology, strategic communications, archival studies, and physical therapy. Alma Mater Europaea carries out superb research. In July 2020, speakers from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and many more leading universities spoke at Alma Mater's constitutional law conference.

Additional information

For more information about the published vacancies, please contact the Alma Mater office via with a subject "Job Application".

Application procedure 

Send your motivation letter, CV, a copy of your passport, a copy of your publication(s), and the proof of a master's degree (or a proof of enrolment in a current Masters's program). You can optionally elaborate a short research proposal or you will get one during the first weeks of your employment. Your application should be in English. Applications which are not complete will not be taken into account. You may apply for this position until 5 August 2020 by sending your application with all documents in PDF format to Please state "Job Application" in the subject of your message.

Selection criteria

  • Excellent command of English;
  • Master's degree (or equivalent);

  • Demonstrated knowledge of any academic discipline. Previous research or working experience in this area is an asset;

  • Demonstrated research skills, as evidenced by publications in scientific journals and/or a Master thesis;

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English;

  • Strong dedication and commitment to the goals and objectives of Alma Mater;

  • Willingness to assist with teaching. Previous teaching experience is an asset but not mandatory (we will gladly employ a dedicated researcher with no interest in teaching);

  • A high sense of initiative, and the ability and willingness to work collaboratively and collegially in a team.

What is the application process?

  • Confirmation of receipt after your application: Within a few working days, we will let you know that your application has been well received. You will also receive information about the follow-up steps in the process.

  • Assessment of CV, publication(s) and motivation letter: Based on the CVs and motivation letters received, a selection committee determines which candidates we would like to interview. You will receive a message, even if you are not invited for an interview.

  • Interview stage: Several candidates will be invited for one or several interviews. You may be asked to give a test lecture, present your research, or make an assessment.

  • Checking references: Sometimes you will be asked for references. Obviously, references will only be contacted with your permission. 

  • Decision: The selection committee will inform you whether you have been accepted or not, including the reasons for the decision.

  • Offer of contract: If both you and the university agree to the terms of employment, you will be offered a contract. This is when we warmly welcome you as a new colleague.

What can you expect during the application process?

  • A good chance of appointment;

  • Equal treatment;

  • Clear application process;

  • Confidential handling of your personal data;

  • Clear and timely information about the progress of your application.