Stellenangebot: Professor of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (100%) at the Idea_Lab at the University of Graz

At the Idea_Lab, the University of Graz is seeking to appoint a Professor of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (40 hours per week; selection procedure in accordance with Section 99 (1) of the Universities Act (UG); fixed-term employment for 5 years according to the Salaried Employees Act (AngG); expected starting date January 1st 2023).

The successful candidate is expected to develop an independent research profile in the field of ethics of digital transformation, with special emphasis placed on AI and/or data-intensive research. The main areas of responsibility include research into the responsible development and use of AI, machine learning and big data in different areas of society such as business, administration or policy. Possible research topics, which can optionally be addressed via science studies, (meta-) ethics or political philosophy, comprise the development of responsible or explainable AI, democracy in the context of AI, autonomy and modification of behaviour or societal innovation and regulation.

Connections to one or more of the established key areas of digital transformation at the University of Graz, including the interdisciplinary basic research into AI and data-intensive methods at the Idea_Lab or the field of excellence “Smart Regulation”, are preferred. A strong commitment to interdisciplinary research, efforts to attract contractual research projects and teaching in the interdisciplinary master’s programme “AI and society” are expected.


Employment requirements:

  • Austrian or equivalent foreign higher education degree corresponding with the position (doctorate/PhD)
  • Habilitation or equivalent qualification
  • Outstanding academic qualifications in research and teaching in the relevant discipline (commensurate with stage of academic career)
  • Skills in higher education didactics and online teaching
  • Gender mainstreaming skills
  • Proven experience in interdisciplinary projects
  • International publications and lectures
  • Technical understanding of AI and ML (desirable)
  • Involvement in relevant international scientific communities
  • Competence to hold lectures in English and German
  • Management and leadership skills

The successful candidate will be highly motivated, aiming for academic excellence and integrity in research and teaching. He/she will have demonstrated ability to collaborate constructively in a responsible manner and inspire colleagues and students in an interdisciplinary, internationally oriented context.

We offer a diverse, challenging, team-oriented working environment and a high degree of personal responsibility. Working hours are flexible and there are many options for further education and personal development.


Classification: Salary scheme of the Collective Bargaining Agreement for University Staff (Universitäten-KV): A1
Minimum Salary: The minimum remuneration as stated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement is EUR 76.127,80 gross per year. Salary subject to negotiation.


Application deadline: November 23rd 2022
Reference number: VV/15/99 ex 2021/22

The University of Graz is committed to increasing the proportion of female employees, especially in leadership roles. We therefore encourage qualified female colleagues in particular to apply for this position. In case of equal qualifications, women will receive priority consideration.

Please submit your application documents (in German or English) in accordance with the general application guidelines (which can be found at before the stated deadline. Your application documents should include the reference number of the position and be sent by email to:

More information can be found here.