WU Wien - Full Professor of Data-Ecosystems for Environmental Accountability

WU is currently inviting applications for the position of a full professor of Data Ecosystems for Environmental Accountability (1) at the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management.

Frist: 18.07.2022

For a period of 5 years, the position is fully funded by the FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), with the support of two sponsoring partners, ÖBB and Verbund. After this initial period, the University will fully fund the position.

Candidates are expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in their field.

WU is committed to diversity and inclusion, and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply. In case of equal qualification, female candidates will be given preference. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply and will be supported during each stage of the recruitment process.

WU assesses performance in the context of each applicant’s biography and relative to the opportunities available to him or her. This approach recognizes that academic achievements cannot be assessed separately from each individual researchers’ biographical factors. To ensure equal opportunities, qualifications are evaluated relative to the applicant’s academic age. This means that WU takes biographical factors such as part-time employment or career interruptions due to caregiving or childcare obligations or other functions performed at or outside of a university into account.
In your application, you can include personal data related to biographical factors. WU will keep all data that you send us as part of your application confidential. All persons involved in the selection procedure are bound by obligations of secrecy.

The Department of Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM)2 at WU Vienna investigates how novel business models, system engineering methods, innovative business processes and disruptive information systems concepts fundamentally challenge traditional ways in which companies operate internally and collaborate externally in networks and supply chains. We use a multi-method approach, integrating approaches from information systems research, management science, software engineering, data science, operations research, operations management research, cognitive science, psychology, philosophy and management studies.  It is expected that the new colleague will collaborate synergistically with the existing chairs at the department who work in the following fields3:
  • Information Management and Control
  • Operations Management
  • Information Systems and Business Engineering
  • Information Systems and New Media
  • Data and Knowledge Engineering
  • Management Information Systems and Society
  • Business Administration and Information Systems
  • Digital Ecosystems
  • Distributed Ledgers and Token Economy
  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management


The successful candidate is expected to have established an international reputation as a researcher in his/her field and to have outstanding qualifications. Candidates’ qualifications will be assessed in the context of their academic age:
  • A solid academic qualification (e.g. PhD, habilitation) in information systems, computer science or a related area;
  • an outstanding international reputation for high quality scholarship in the area of information systems commensurate with academic age, especially by having demonstrated the ability to publish in top-tier journals of the field;
  • proven expertise in at least one of the following areas: Decentralized Data Processing, Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing; Data Ecosystems for Big Data; Sustainable and Responsible IT; Applications of Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Sustainability; Sustainability Aspects of Artificial Intelligence
  • excellent teaching qualifications at undergraduate and graduate levels as well as in executive education;
  • proven international experience;
  • proven record in attracting research funding;
  • experience in collaborating with industry
  • leadership qualities;
  • gender and diversity management skills


The successful candidate is expected to be active in research on theoretical, formal and applied aspects of Sustainable Data-Ecosystems or Data-Ecosystems for Environmental Sustainability/ Accountability. We are open to applications from candidates who work on aspects of these topics from different perspectives and synergistically complement the existing research portfolio at the department in support of our focus on the Digital Economy on the research areas mentioned in the Qualifications section above.

The successful candidate is expected to perform teaching activities at all levels (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD/doctorate, and executive education), both in the classroom and in online-learning formats. Full professors are expected to teach 8 weekly credit hours.

In particular, the new professor shall develop a new elective in the new ‘Digital Economy Master program with a focus on Sustainable Data-Ecosystems and/or Environmental Sustainability and Accountability4. In this context, the candidate is also expected to take a coordinating role in the organization of the Master program’s “Research and Industry Labs”, where students work on applied research projects with industry partners from the Master program’s partner network, including the sponsoring partners ÖBB5 and Verbund6.

Teaching experience in English is required. Non-German-speaking candidates will be expected to acquire proficiency in German over a certain period of time.

In alignment with the research agenda of the sponsoring partners and FFG, technologies and their applications shall be investigated in the context of use cases around the holistic interplay of transport (logistics), energy and climate data, in order to enable different stakeholders to jointly implement data-driven sustainability.

We also expect the new professor to take an active role in the university’s self-governance and third mission activities.


Applicants should address their applications and all relevant documents including

  • a letter of motivation
  • academic CV incl. full publication list
  • reference to the criteria specified in the call for applications
  • a research plan/statement including a perspective to applications of the candidate’s research within use cases around the holistic interplay of transport (logistics), energy and climate data, as described in item B) above.7

to the rector of WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna and upload those on the button below.

Please submit your application via WU’s online recruiting tool until July 18, 2022.

For details of the position and regarding the funding, please contact Professor Axel Polleres, head of the Institute of Data, Process and Knowledge Management, by phone: ++43-1-31336-5200, or email: axel.polleres@wu.ac.at.

For details of the application process, please contact the Senior Faculty Recruitment team email: prof.application@wu.ac.at.

Please note: Only applications uploaded via our online recruiting tool will be considered. In their application documents, applicants must respond to all criteria specified in the call for applications, especially to items A) Qualifications and B) Expectations. A reference to these two items is considered a mandatory element of any application to WU Vienna, and any applications that lack this mandatory element cannot be considered.

Please note that proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 or, for individuals who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, appropriate proof (recovery certificate, quarantine notice, doctor’s confirmation) is a prerequisite for employment at WU. Exceptions apply if vaccination is not possible for medical reasons, which must be documented and confirmed by a medical specialist. For individuals vaccinated with vaccines not authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), proof of vaccination must be provided in the form of proof of neutralizing antibodies not older than 90 days. In all other cases, employment at WU is only possible if during the application process, the candidate expresses a willingness to become vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. A written declaration to this effect must be signed when the employment contract is finalized.

employed under salary group A 1 pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff [Kollektivvertrag für die Arbeitnehmer/innen der Universitäten], minimum gross yearly salary: €76,127.80; the actual annual gross salary is subject to negotiation

2 https://www.wu.ac.at/en/isom/

3cf. https://www.wu.ac.at/fileadmin/wu/h/strategy/documents/EN_WU_Entwicklungsplan_ab_01.06.2021.pdf, p. 60




7Before the start of the professorship the candidate and WU will jointly prepare a workplan, which is expected by the funding agency (FFG).