Position statement

As your representation of interests, we are committed to an adequate environment at the university. Therefore the Fachschaft Doktorat feels obliged to the following positions:

Employment for doctoral candidates

Fachschaft Doktorat speaks out against precarious employment contracts for young researchers. We want that doctoral students receive a full-employment (40 hours per week), including social security for at least 3 years at the university.

Integration in the research group

Doctoral candidates have to be fully integrated in their research group.  The Fachschaft Doktorat has the opinion, that research includes a social component and cooperation with colleaques should be the rule during the Ph.D. study. Further we think it is essential to learn the state of the art methods in the own field of study and to connect with other researchers of the community.

Career possibilities

The doctoral student council is in favor of better and sustainable career prospects in research. Replacing the chain contracts by open-ended employment contracts would facilitate career and personal planning for both young scientists and researchers as well as group leaders and leaders.


The participation of young scientists and young researchers in the development of the university must be institutionalized. The participation especially in the collegial bodies of the University may not be weighted according to the employment relationship.


The doctoral student council is in favor of the establishment of courses specifically for doctoral students. Necessary skills such as basic knowledge of science theory, research methods, research ethics, the raising of funds for research and transferable skills must be integral part of doctoral studies. We do not consider staff training courses here as a suitable replacement, as these can only be used by doctoral students, which are also employed at the TU Vienna.

Participation in teaching

The Fachschaft Doktorat embraces the possibility for as many university employees as practical to participate in teaching. Doctoral candidates who wish to participate in the teaching of the university shall receive a contractually guaranteed opportunity. TheFachschaft Doktorat speaks out against the forced use of doctoral students in the teaching of, especially if they have not requested. For this the guidelines of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs have to be followed.


Fachschaft Doktorat is in favor of publicly accessible knowledge. We believe that doctoral candidates have to learn the common rules of publication of the community for their field of study.