First Steps for International Employees.

Has your application for employment been accepted and you'll soon be calling the JKU your future employer?
Congratulations! We are delighted to welcome you on board and to the JKU team!

When relocating to the JKU and Linz, the International Welcome Center is your first point of contact for any questions you may have in regards to your stay in Austria.

We have compiled important information on this page regrding your first steps at the JKU.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an e-mail or call us. We are here for you!

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International Welcome Center


Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Bank Building, Ground Floor
Outside entrance, across the Management Center


+43 732 2468 3050

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Working at the JKU

With over 21,000 enrolled students and over 3,000 employees, the JKU is Upper Austria's largest institution for education and research.

As we move forward in a complex world, becoming more international is important to us here at the JKU. Approximately 20% of our employees have an international background. 

  • Job Openings at the JKU We offer a variety of jobs at the JKU. In addition to faculty positions, we have a wide range of job opportunities in university administration.

    See Our Job Openings
  • Why Work at the JKU? There is a lot to be said about working at the JKU. We not only offer exciting jobs we are also well organized and our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits.

  • Why Conduct Research at the JKU? We conduct broad-based research at the JKU and collaborate with internationally renowned colleagues in academia and industry. We not only enjoy partnership agreements and joint programs with some of the world’s best universities, we cooperate with a variety of successful companies located in the region, in Austria, and abroad.

    Research at the JKU

Directions and Getting Around on Campus

Getting to and from the university and the city center - as well as to the surrounding areas - is quick and easy. The JKU is located at the northern edge of the city and can be reached easily via a strong public transportation network of busses and trams. If driving, parking is available at the university's parking lot.

The JKU campus is 365,000 m2, making it Austria's largest university campus. All of the university's most important buildings are conveniently located on one site. The campus also features a few cafés, two bank branches, the university cafeteria (known around campus as "the Mensa"), a few stores, as well as a large park area.

As part of your orientation as a new employee, a campus tour will be part of the scheduled Welcome Breakfast. This map can also help you find your way around campus.


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The First Day, The First Weeks

To help ease the transition to your new workplace, the JKU has created a well-structured 'onboarding' process. Visit us at the International Welcome Center!

During your first day, your supervisor will welcome you to your new workplace. You will meet your team and get any equipment you need to perform your job duties.

You will sign your employment contract at the Department of Human Resources Management. Afterwards, you will receive your employee ID card, also known as the "JKU Card". The chip on your card also contains your parking permit (if you choose to purchase a permit), allows you to access copying services, and also serves as your library card. 
In order to use your computer and access the JKU's IT services, when you begin working, you will have to first activate your JKU account. You will then be able to access a wide range of internal JKU services.
Now there is nothing standig in the way of starting your new job!

During the first weeks/months and depending on your job position, you will receive information about various welcome and introductory events (i.e., the Welcome Breakfast). Although attendance is optional, we encourage you to take part and learn more about the JKU, the university's history, structure and organization as well as meet those who have also recently started working at the JKU. 

Once you start working at the university, you will receive additional information about these events. Depending on your position and employee level at the university, you will also get details about what else you need to address during the orientation process. The JKU has also published a brochure with information for new employees. You can also find this brochure in the JKU's intranet system. 

Employee Services

As part of the university's internal professional development program, the JKU offers employees an opportunity to take part in a variety of continuing education courses. Classes range from IT & administration and research & teaching to personal development, how to work effectively as part of a team, etc. These courses are mostly offered free of charge. In addition, there are opportunities to not only take part in continual education classes offered by external providers but also apply for financial support at the JKU to attend these courses or programs. For details, see the homepage for the Department of Human Resource Development.

The JKU Works Councils represent JKU employees vis-à-vis university management. They negotiate company agreements and monitor compliance with these agreements as well as with corresponding laws and develop proposals to improve working conditions, safety, etc.
Click here for detailed information about the Works Councils' services.

The Office of Dual Career Services at the JKU provides support services for professors and their families by being available for questions regarding housing, childcare, schools, the healthcare system, as well as career opportunities for spouses or partners. Click here to learn more.

The "JKU Balance" initiative is a program to support physical and psychosocial health. The company physician is also available to answer any health-related questions you may have. Click here to learn more.

KIDSVERSITY is the JKU's high-quality childcare program for children between the ages of 1 and 12. Childcare services are available to both JKU students and employees; hours can be flexibly arranged. Click here to learn more.

The Vice-Rectorate for Research, Gender and Diversity, the Department for Research Services and Knowledge Transfer, the Department of IPR Management, the Ombudsman's Office to Safeguard Good Scientific Practices, and the Department of Gender & Diversity Management offer services related to the topic of research. Click here to learn more.

Each semester, the University Sports Institute offers over 150 different, very affordable sports & exercise classes ranging from conventional types of sports and the latest trends in exercise to more low-key fitness classes. Click here to learn more.


Human Resource Management

The Department of Human Resource Management plays an important role for both the JKU and its employees. HR staff assists employees in all matters regarding labor law when starting at the JKU. 

Human Resource Development, Gender & Diversity Management

The Department of Human Resource Development, Gender & Diversity Management is responsible for issues relating to human resources and organizational development, as well as gender-specific agendas, such as the advancement of women, diversity, and work/life balance.

Committee for Equal Opportunities

The Committee for Equal Opportunities is a legally established independent body counteracting discrimination of all kinds against university employees.
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