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University Assistant in Physics

The Rectorate invites applications for a post-doc position (UniversitätsassistentIn, tenure track) at the Faculty of Physics. The position is available as of October 1st, 2013.
The faculty of physics is currently active in 5 main research areas (see http://physik.univie.ac.at/en/home/). The successful candidate is expected to the strengthen the research and teaching profile in either of the three fields

  • Particle physics/gravitational physics/mathematical physics/condensed matter physics


  • Complex nanoscale matter/condensed matter physics/materials physics
  • Physics of the environment/aerosol physics/isotope and nuclear physics 

Position Offering:
Successful candidates have an outstanding research record or show exceptional promise in any of the three above mentioned research areas. Outstanding candidates in related fields may also be considered.

The advertised position is a scientific tenure track position: within the first two years of employment the University of Vienna may offer a “qualification agreement” if the scientific performance of the employee suggests that the required qualification can be reached. This agreement is connected with the title of “Assistant Professor” [AssistenzprofessorIn]. In case the goals of the “qualification agreement” are met, the employment will be made permanent and the title of the employee will be changed to “Associate Professor” [assoziierte/r ProfessorIn]. This position is permanent under private law.

If the qualification cannot be reached, the employment ends with the contract term; in case of an indefinite employment at that time, the University may terminate this employment.

Working time: 100 %

Prerequisites for application:

a.   PhD in Physics and a minimum of 2 years of post-doc experience relevant to the position
b.    A very good record of scientific publications relevant to the field
c.    Teaching experience or presentation of a teaching concept

Applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Qualitative criteria:

a.    Scientific reputation and international recognition (publications, lectures, international research collaborations, scientific activity abroad, awards and distinctions)
b.    Teaching and advancement of young researchers (if applicable)

Acquisition of third-party funding

Scientific potential:
We are interested in your visions for the development of your field of research over the next 5 and 10 years and how you can become a leading figure in this development.

Application Files:

1.    Application letter (max. 5 pages), to be structured as follows:

a.    Achievements in research
b.    Experience and activities in teaching (and advancement of young researchers), teaching plans
c.    Achievements in knowledge transfer and knowledge management
d.   Future plans in research and contribution to the scientific profile of the Faculty

2.    Enclosures:

a.    CV and degree certificates/transcripts
b.    List of publications, including impact factors and numbers of citations as well as a list of the 5 most important publications
c.    Scientific talks, highlighting the 5 most important ones
d.    Esteem factors: experience as publisher, functions in scientific societies or program committees
e.    Acquired third-party fund projects (topic, runtime, origin, volume)
f.    Teaching (and advancement of young researchers): courses held at universities, supervised theses, teaching evaluations (if existent)
Applications in English (or German) should be submitted to the Job Center of the University of Vienna (jobcenter@univie.ac.at) by using the electronic form.

Please use the following form.

The University of Vienna aims at increasing the number of female employees, particularly in scientific positions, and thus encourages qualified female candidates to apply. In case of comparable qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants. Classification according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement: § 48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc).

Reference No: 4019
The application period ends on June 21st, 2013.


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