The UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas (MCA) at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences shall provide excellent research and inspiring learning experiences for nature conservation in the 21st century. Its interdisciplinary team shall become an internationally visible hub for excellence, innovation and new technologies in nature conservation with a particular focus on the management of conservation areas. Our work is based on an international, transdisciplinary, holistic and integrated understanding of conservation areas, as advocated and exemplified by UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, (natural) UNESCO World Heritage sites and UNESCO Geoparks. Find more information on the UNESCO Chair: www.cuas.at/unescochair.  
You want to make a difference in the world with your talents and skills, work on the big issues of biodiversity, natural resources and sustainability and work in an international team? Then we look forward to receiving your application. To expand our team, we are currently looking for a:  

Vegetation ecologist for biodiversity monitoring (m/f/d)  

Job profile and tasks  

In a research project, we will develop, test and apply deep learning algorithms for habitat classification based on remote sensing data (satellite, UAV). You will support the project coordinator to assess the user requirements, to match and integrate the results derived from remote sensing and field data (ground truthing) on vegetation. You will analyse, compile and publish research findings. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to develop follow-up projects.  
These competencies and qualifications are required:  
  • Minimum academic qualification (master) in ecology or similar, with a strong focus on vegetation ecology
  • Very good knowledge of methods in vegetation science and vegetation ecology (sampling design, field surveys, analysis, phytosociological classification) 
  • Very good knowledge of classification and delineation of vegetation types (based on species composition and structure) and practical experiences in the field (e.g. biotope mapping or similar)
  • Good understanding and practical experience in classification and delineation of vegetation types based on remote sensing data (orthophotos satellite & drone based)
  • Well-experienced in data handling and analysis (digital data collection, databases, GIS, statistical analysis (i.e. R)), “basic programming skills are a plus”
  • Good command of English, spoken and written
In addition, we expect a proven ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, enthusiasm for the subject combined with reliability and accuracy.

Our offer  

The Carinthia University of Applied Sciences appreciates the motivation and great commitment of its employees and offers family-friendly conditions. We provide support with a diverse continuing education program and promote individual measures.  
We offer an attractive working environment, crisis-proof employment and allow flexible working hours. The promotion of health, a diverse range of sports, collegial interaction and the continuous improvement of environmental performance (EMAS certified) are of particular importance at our university.  
  • Scope of employment: Full-time, 40 hours per week 
  • Limited term: initially for one year, continuation envisaged from side of employer
  • Start: April/May 2023
  • Place of employment: Campus Villach, Europastrasse 4, 9524 Villach
  • Salary: € 2,700.00 gross monthly salary (minimum salary for full-time employment; negotiable depending on qualifications and professional experience)

Application deadline: March 29 , 2023  


  • Please upload your complete application documents via our homepage at http://www.fh-kaernten.at/jobs 
  • Required documents
    • Letter of motivation
    • Curriculum vitae incl. photo
    • Proof of education and practical experience
    • List of publications and pdf of 2-3 relevant publications
  • Expected timeline for the application process:
    • Application deadline: March 29 , 2023  
    • Interviews (online): April 5 , 2023  
    • Decision on application: April 11 , 2023  
  • Please note: We regret that we cannot reimburse any travel costs or expenses incurred in connection with participation in the selection procedure.
We look forward to receiving your detailed application. 

About Carinthian University of Applied Sciences

The Carinthian University of Applied Sciences offers a wide range of courses in the fields of technology, business, health and social sciences. A common feature of all areas is the practical and application-oriented focus of teaching and research as well as the close cooperation between public institutions, business and science. General information about our study programs, research activities and the organization of the university can be found on our homepage: www.fh-kaernten.at.