Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)

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About Institute of Science and Technology Austria

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is a PhD-granting international institute dedicated to cutting-edge research in mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, and information and system sciences. 

ISTA is situated in proximity to Vienna, consistently ranked among the most livable cities worldwide. 

Why join us

ISTA offers a thriving international and interdisciplinary research environment with English as the working language. State-of-the-art facilities and scientific support services provide scientists with the necessary resources to push the boundaries of scientific discovery. 

ISTA’s PhD program encompasses a unique blend of interdisciplinary coursework and research group rotations, attracting scholars from diverse international backgrounds. Students work closely with outstanding faculty within small research groups.

A postdoctoral position offers early-career scientists a valuable opportunity for professional growth. At ISTA, you can prioritize what matters most: conducting high-level fundamental research.

A collaborative atmosphere, generous funding and tailored career support enable professors to establish and lead successful research groups. 

Training and development

PhD students receive support through 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.

Tailored leadership and career development programs are available for research group leaders. 

What we are looking for
Students with a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in science are encouraged to apply for our PhD programme. All students are offered 5-year employment contracts.

Highly qualified candidates who have recently completed their PhD or equivalent in the natural or computer sciences, mathematics, or any related discipline are welcome to apply for our full-time postdoctoral positions.

Assistant professors at ISTA are independent group leaders with an initial contract of six years. A positive evaluation at the end of this period leads to promotion to the tenured professor position.

Tenured professor candidates are distinguished scientists in their respective research fields and typically have at least six years of experience in leading a research group.



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