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Leo Mah Sommerer Schnitt


Student Research Assistant


The Center for Image Science is pleased to announce the opening of 7 research assistance positions on the AT.MAR and AMAH research projects under the supervision of the Chair Professor for Image Science, Prof, Dr. Oliver Grau. These assistantships are on a free-lance contract basis and made available to augment half the tuition of the MediaArtHistories Master of Arts program. The students will gain invaluable experience working on internationally leading research projects in the field of Media Arts. Positions are available at averaged 5 or 10 hours per week and can be completed alongside another part-time job, and in conjunction with the low-residency MediaArtHistories program.

Position Summary

Student research assistants will participate in the execution, analysis and evaluation of the AT.MAR and AMAH research projects ( The Center for Image Science is committed to providing student employees with educational and professional experience, significant responsibility that expands with time, and a congenial team atmosphere. Working 1- 2 years on this project includes contact with world-renown artists and institutions, and continues building the expertise which is part of the MediaArtHistories MA program (

Skills and Qualifications


• High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation; ability to take responsibility in meeting deadlines and making progress without direct supervision.
• Strong written communications skills in English. Spoken communication skills a plus.
• Capacity and will to learn new software, research methods, and work routines quickly, under the tele-mentorship of project staff; flexibility in responding to new responsibilities and research opportunities as they arise.
• Prior knowledge and interest in deeper learning about histories and trends in Media Art is a must. Overarching knowledge of art historical epochs and classification schemes is a plus.
• Articulate and tactful communications skills with internal team members and external international colleagues and artists.
• Acceptance and admission into the MediaArtHistories, MA program (

Preferred additional qualities:

• Strong existing computer skills with Microsoft Office, general Internet and electronic communications.
• Experience in database and archive work
• Ability to share responsibilities and rewards with a networked team of coworkers, including international colleagues, Danube University staff and faculty, and fellow students.
• Interest in professional development with advanced studies in MediaArtHistories and future directions in image science research.


• Handle and protect confidential and sensitive data with integrity.
• Editorial work and managing data collections by meeting deadlines.
• Prepare digital documents, web pages, and other digital files for publishing on the 3 archives: Database of Virtual Art (, MediaArtHistoriesArchives ( and the Göttweig print collection online (
• Autonomous contact and coordination with professional artists and cultural institutions.
• Writing short texts in English and the students’ native language.
• Assist research project staff, including literature reviews, surveys, keywording research, still and moving image research, and copyright research.
• Clearing rights for database materials.

Position Details

• There are 7 research assistant positions in total.
• 5400,00 Euro (pre-tax) over 1 or 2 years. Paid as free-lance contract work. The research assistant will be responsible to paying taxes in their home country if total income exceeds the allowed maximum.
• No residency is needed and the working contract does not include a residency or work permission for Austria.
There are no office hours, but there will be periodic tele-meetings. The workload will be approx. 5 or 10 hours per week averaged out. Research Assistants are given specific work packages to be completed at their own pace and schedule.
• Homework for the MediaArtHistories course can be written on achievements and challenges of the project.

Please send a CV, letter of application and short writing sample to

Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.

Research Assistance Supervision contact

Wendy Jo Coones, M.Ed.

Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2543
Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4551
Danube-University Krems
Department for Image Science
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Strasse 30
3500 Krems

Viola Rühse, M.A.

Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2570
Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4550
Donau-Universität Krems
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
A-3500 Krems

MediaArtHistories, MA. contact

Verena Hauer

Phone: +43 (0)2732 893-2569
Fax: +43 (0)2732 893-4550
Donau-Universität Krems
Zentrum für Bildwissenschaften
Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30
3500 Krems, Austria