Fully-funded PhD positions

World-class research environment on the outskirts of Vienna
All PhD students are offered 5-year employment contracts.
09 Nov 2021
08 Jan 2022

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is looking for highly qualified candidates with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees to apply for the IST Austria PhD program. We offer fully-funded PhD positions in Biology, Neuroscience, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Data science and Scientific Computing, in a world-class research environment on the outskirts of Vienna.

In 2019, IST Austria was ranked #3 in the world-wide Nature Index ranking (normalized). In 2018, IST Austria was ranked within the top ten of Nature Index Rising Stars “Top 30 academic institutions under 30” list and was featured in this article in Nature Index.

All students are offered 5-year contracts, they receive internationally competitive salaries, and full social security coverage. There is also financial support for students for attending scientific conferences and workshops.

The application deadline is January 8, 2022 (11:59 PM CET), for a Ph.D. start date in September 2022. Apply here: https://phd.pages.ist.ac.at/phd-application-admission/ 


Join us on our Virtual Student Open Day on November 26, 2021!

More information and registration: https://phd.pages.ist.ac.at/student-open-day/  


  • International and Diverse Scientific Community

Our scientists, from professors to postdocs to students, hail from all corners of the world, representing over 70 different nationalities, and building on research and degrees earned from the finest global scientific institutes and universities.

  • English-Speaking

We use English throughout the institute as the language of instruction and communication.

  • Interdisciplinary

Our Graduate Program is characterized by modern comprehensive training with a special focus on interdisciplinarity.

  • Cutting-edge Research Training

Students work closely with outstanding faculty within small research groups and have access to first-rate facilities. Students spend the first year completing coursework and rotations before affiliating with a group.

This first phase of exploration allows students to be sure that the research topic, as well as the research group, are the best match for them before they embark on in-depth thesis research in the second phase.

  • Entry with a Bachelor's or Master's Degree

We welcome students with a bachelor’s or a master’s in science to apply to our PhD program.

  • Funding

In all fields of research, funding is a very important topic. IST Austria relies on diverse funding sources to support all its researchers. The Grant Office is there to support IST scientists who would like to apply for external funding.

All PhD students are offered 5-year contracts. All students making reasonable progress are fully funded until the time of their thesis defense.

Students also receive financial support to attend scientific conferences and workshops during their studies.

  • Careers

Our distinguished alumni have gone on to successful careers after their PhD studies at IST Austria.

PhD students receive support through our mentorship and career development programs which focus on training in transferable skills for academia and beyond. Throughout their studies, PhD students are supported by Career Services, which provides career development advice and training.

There are also regular TWIST talks organized by the Technology Transfer Office, which aim to support researchers in the commercial development and use of their research results

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