Assistant Professor (tenure-track) and Professor positions in Physics

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ISTA ( is an international institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural, mathematical, and computational sciences. The Institute fosters an interactive, collegial, and supportive atmosphere, sharing space and resources between research groups whenever possible, and facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations. Our PhD program involves a multi-disciplinary course schedule and rotations in research groups, and we hire scholars from diverse international backgrounds. The campus of ISTA is located close to Vienna, one of the most livable cities in the world.

Assistant professors receive independent group leader positions with an initial contract of six years, at the end of which they are reviewed by international peers. If the evaluation is positive, an assistant professor is promoted to a tenured professor.

Candidates for tenured positions are distinguished scientists in their respective research fields and typically have at least six years of experience in leading a research group.

ISTA values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities. We strive to increase the number of women, particularly in fields where they are underrepresented, and therefore we strongly encourage female researchers to apply.

We offer:

  • A highly international & interdisciplinary research environment with English as working language on campus;
  • State-of-the-art facilities and scientific support services (;
  • Substantial start-up package and attractive salary;
  • Guaranteed annual base funding including funding for PhD students and postdocs;
  • An international Graduate School with high admissions criteria and a rigorous training program;
  • Leadership program;
  • Employee Assistance program;
  • Dual Career support packages;
  • Child-care facilities on campus (for children aged 3 months till school age).

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The closing date for applications is October 27, 2022.


IST profile imageThe Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a PhD-granting research institution dedicated to cutting-edge research in mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, and information and system sciences. The campus of IST Austria is located close to Vienna, one of the most livable cities in the world.

Why study with us
IST Austria offers an international and interdisciplinary research environment with English as the working language, state-of-the-art facilities, and scientific support services. Given the international character of the research environment, we foster diversity and equality.

Our PhD programme is characterized by modern comprehensive training with a special focus on interdisciplinarity. Students work closely with outstanding faculty within small research groups.

A postdoc position gives you, as an early-career scientist, the chance to grow professionally. IST Austria allows you to focus on what is most important during this time: doing fundamental research at the highest possible level. 

Training and development
PhD students receive support through our mentorship and career-development programmes, which focus on training in transferable skills for academia and beyond. They also receive financial support to attend scientific conferences and workshops during their studies. Postdocs interact closely with colleagues from different fields through joint projects and events, and develop the skills necessary for their next career steps through career-development training
and workshops.

What we are looking for
We welcome students with a Bachelor’s or a Master’s in science to apply for our PhD programme.

Highly qualified candidates who have recently completed their PhD or equivalent in the natural or computer sciences, mathematics, or any related discipline are eligible to apply for a full-time postdoctoral position at IST Austria.

Assistant professors receive independent group-leader positions with an initial contract of six years.

Candidates for tenured professor positions are distinguished scientists in their respective research fields.

Klosterneuburg, Austria

Number of researchers
67 research groups by the end of 2021; will grow to 150 groups by 2036

Positions recently recruited for
We have recruited to a variety of positions across research fields and job levels

Desired degree disciplines/class
From interns to trainees, from students to graduates, from PhD to postdoc, from postdoc to faculty – all in a wide variety of specializations

How to apply
Please find information on and

Closing date
All year round – special deadlines for various programmes as advertised on our website

Tel +43 2243 9000

Find Us
+43 2243 9000
Am Campus 1
3400 Klosterneuburg

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