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EURAXESS Rights sets out the rights and obligations of researchers and their employers. The European Union is committed to making research an attractive career, as a vital feature of its strategy to stimulate economic and employment growth. Hundreds of European universities and other leading research institutions agree on importance of aiming for excellence in employment and working conditions and of supporting better careers for researchers.
They have endorsed the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. Many are engaged in the HR Excellence in Research process or have already been acknowledged under this initiative for commitment to implement the principles of Charter and Code.

Implementation in Austria
Austrian organisations that have endorsed the Charter & Code can be found here.
Austrian HRS4R acknowledged institutions can be found here.

General information on employment conditions in Austria can be found in the Guide for Residence and Employment of International Researchers in Austria.
» Implications for you as a researcher
In the first place the Charter offers you a framework for excellent practice in your career management and describes your own responsibilities as a researcher and the expectations met with your employer. Your main interest in ethical standards, professional responsibility, contractual obligations, and the dissemination of results, career development and discrimination are dealt within the Charter.
When it comes to questions on open and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures the Code of Conduct will guide you through these crucial points for an international work.
The endorsement of Charter and Code and the HR excellence in Research Logo are a reliable credit for a professional, on mobility and equality of opportunity environment.

» Implications for you as an employer
Engaging in the HR Excellence in Research is not about listing another logo but it stands for a clear statement of your institution in willing to change the working culture and to be open to the promotion of cooperation within and between organisations.  And it supports you in highlighting areas that could be improved in the institution´s policy and practice.
Engaging in this process brings you in contact with a pan- European network disposing of a common language understood by the individual researcher and you as employer.
It is definitely an incentive and an opportunity to share practice, ideas and approaches. There is no need to reinvent the wheel regarding career management.
Committing to the HR Excellence in Research is undisputed a way of recognizing an institution in its continuous improvement and invites peers to exchange.
It is a signal to the individual researcher that your institution is interested in backing the researcher, and emphasizes your commitment to quality and excellence in research.
It makes your institution visible at a wider level and raises therefore even more the profile and the status. It labels quality and excellence and underscores reliability.

Last Update: 2015-10-30