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The University of Vienna, founded in 1365, is the oldest university in the German-speaking world and one of the largest in Central Europe. At present, about 91,000 students are enrolled in more than 180 courses at the University of Vienna. The University of Vienna is also the largest teaching and research institution in Austria and with 9,400 employees, 6,700 of whom are scientists and academics one of the largest employers in the city of Vienna. The scientists and academics are concerned both with knowledge-orientated basic research and problem-solving applied research. One of the main objectives of the University of Vienna is to join the ranks of the leading research universities of Europe; therefore, it intends to support its researchers and to create the best-possible conditions for research. By especially promoting inter-disciplinary research, the University of Vienna has been setting examples internationally for sustainable development. In order to foster particularly innovative fields of research that have not yet been established at the University of Vienna, inter-faculty research platforms have been provided to act as organizational units. An essential factor of ensuring this at the highest international level is the acquisition of third-party funds. On the other hand, young scientists and academics are the future of success and innovation, and ensure the continuity of research. The research output of the University is closely linked to its doctoral education and annually the University of Vienna "produces" about 700 doctorate holder of whom many pursuit a career outside academia. In particular, the University of Vienna recognizes the crucial role of doctoral fellows for the advancement of science and innovation. In order to further strengthen their role as critically thinking, independent, autonomous and risk taking researchers and innovators, who will contribute to the benefit of academia and society at large, the University has set up new structures to support researchers, seniors as well as early stage researchers, with respect to their research projects and future career plans. The central service unit Research Services and Career Development is responsible for providing a professional service to and supporting academic colleagues.

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Michaela Derntl

Michaela Derntl studied international development at the Universities of Vienna and Valladolid. During her last academic year she started to work at the study grant authority in Vienna. From 2009 to 2011 Michaela worked at the international career and education portal Going International. Since May 2011 she is working at the Department for Research Services and Career Development at the University of Vienna. There she is working as project officer and is also responsible for the finances of the department.


Christian Kolowrat

obtained his PhD in Microbiology and Genetics from Pierre and Marie Curie University Paris, following his scientific education at the Universities of Vienna, Antwerp and Bloomington, Indiana. Since 2010, he has joined the Research Services and Career Development unit at the University of Vienna where his main responsibilities are in the field of data-mining and analysis to study the performance of doctoral candidates at the University of Vienna and teaching courses related to funding possibilities for doctoral candidates at a national and European level.

Bianca Lindorfer

She holds a PhD in Early Modern History which she obtained at the European University Institute in Florence in 2009. She studied history at the Universities of Vienna and Granada. After her graduation, she took up a lectureship at the Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic. From 2004 to 2008 she held a research position at the European University Institute in Florence. In 2008 Bianca Lindorfer returned to the University of Vienna and supported the University's transition to a three year doctoral study program and the establishment of the Center for Doctoral Studies, which now is part of the central service unit Research Service and Career Development. One of her main tasks is the organization and monitoring of the Center’s transferable skills training program for doctoral candidates.

Allison O’Reilly

studied economics and sociology at the University of Freiburg, Germany. During her studies she worked for the student union as student service officer for two years. Allison joined the team of Research Services and Career Development at the University of Vienna in June 2010. She has built up and is further developing a service for international PhDs and is at the same time monitoring the satisfaction of these PhD candidates through regular online questionnaires. 

Amy Radlberger

She has been working at the University of Vienna since 2011 and is responsible for supporting all staff in applying for European funding. She also organizes training events for young researchers and administrators on topics ranging from proposal writing to complying with EU funding rules. Previous to her role at the University of Vienna, Amy worked for the UK Research Office in Brussels which is the UK National Contact Point for Marie Curie Actions.

Tobias Reckling

He studied history, sociology and political sciences in Berlin, Rotterdam and Madrid. He joined the team of the Service Unit for Research Services and Career Development in February 2012. Tobias is mainly responsible for the administration of funding programs for PhD-candidates by the University of Vienna. Currently he is preparing together with Lisette Schmidt a qualitative study on PhD-researchers and their experiences as doctoral candidates.

Lisette Schmidt

studied sociology and international development at the University of Vienna. Furthermore she completed the Master “European Studies – EU Project Management” at the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland in 2011. From 2007 to 2010 she worked at the international office of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Since June 2010 Lisette Schmidt is part of the team of Research Services and Career Development at the University of Vienna. She is preparing a qualitative study where PhD candidates are interviewed about their experiences. The goal of the study is amongst others to understand reasons for success and failure in the PhD.

Michael Wimmer

studied Slavonic studies at the Universities of Vienna and St. Petersburg. In 2011 he started working at the Department for Research Services and International Relations at the University of Vienna. Since 2012 he is part of the staff of the Research Services and Career Development department. There he is working as assistant of the Head and the administration of the department and is responsible for the prizes and fellowships of the University of Vienna and animal testing applications.

Lucas Zinner

has a PhD in Mathematics and is head of Research Services and Career Development at the University of Vienna. He began his career as a researcher, working in the fields of complex analysis, statistics and econometrics at various universities in Austria and Sweden. Since 2007 he has been also focussing on the reform of doctoral education and has been heavily involved in the re-organization process in Europe and at his home university. In particular, he was in charge of setting up a new university-wide Centre for Doctoral Studies according to European standards and recommendations. He is currently involved in various international projects and conferences related to the Research - Education - Innovation triangle. Moreover, he is acting at the international level as a facilitator and trainer in workshops for PhD supervisors and is chairing the PhD working group in the UNICA network.

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