2 Predoc positions at the Institute of Statistics and Mathematics, Vienna University of Economics and Business

The Institute for Statistics and Mathematics of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) has an opening for at least two PhD positions

Key facts
  • Part-time, 30 hours/week
  • Starting October 01, 2024, and ending after 6 years
  • Minimum gross monthly salary €2,684.10 (14 times per year)
  • Application Deadline March 20, 2024, application under (ID 2035).

You want to deepen your interest in your research topic in mathematics or statistics in the context of economics and business while gaining your first teaching experience? This position opens doors to either a career in academia or in industry.

What to expect
  • As a successful candidate you will be member of WU's PhD Label “Mathematics in Economics and Business” (a special track within the PhD Program in Economics and Social Science offering a modern interdisciplinary scientific education in mathematics and statistics for economics and business, see
  • You will carry out research work in the field of mathematics for economics and business in one of the research areas of the institute (statistical modeling; computing; stochastic processes and financial mathematics; optimization), typically with a focus on applications in finance, economics, and business. The research projects are intended to comprise all aspects of applied mathematics, from model development and mathematical analysis to numerical implementation and statistical estimation of models and they should lead to a PhD thesis compliant with the academic standards of WU. The Institute has recently strengthened its profile in the field of statistics, computing and machine learning and we are particularly interested in candidates who want to work in these areas.
  • Writing a dissertation: You will be investigating your research topic and spending a third of your working hours on writing your dissertation.
  • You will have teaching and supervision duties at the undergraduate level (2hrs of teaching per week).

What you have to offer
  • Academic degree: You have a diploma/master’s degree in applied mathematics, statistics, or data science or, alternatively in either quantitative finance, or quantitative economics that qualifies you for enrollment in a doctoral program at WU
  • Very good background in stochastics (probability theory and statistics)
  • Good English as well as good programming skills
  • Pedagogical and presentation skills
  • Willingness to use multimedia teaching methods: You have experience in using multimedia teaching and learning formats or are at least willing to learn

German language skills are not a prerequisite, but we expect the willingness to familiarize yourself with German over time. Some prior background in business, economics or finance is an advantage.

We offer a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment on a beautiful campus in an attractive city. For further information, contact either Prof. Kurt Hornik (, Prof. Birgit Rudloff ( or Prof. Rüdiger Frey (

We look forward to hearing from you.

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