Professor and Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) Positions in Areas of Mathematics, Statistics, and Optimization Institute of Science and Technology Austria Austria



  • Life Sciences, in particular in molecular life sciences, genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics
  • Neuroscience, in particular in molecular, cellular, systems, and computational neuroscience
  • Physics, in particular in condensed matter physics and photonics, as well as in bio- and soft matter physics; IST Austria is searching for experimentalists, outstanding theoreticians will be considered as well
  • Computer Science and Data Science, in particular in software systems (operating, distributed, database systems), algorithms, machine learning, and robotics
  • Mathematics, Statistics, and Optimization


We offer:

  • Multiple open positions
  • Competitive start-up package and salary
  • Guaranteed, annual base funding
  • Support and benefits for acquiring third-party funds
  • Dynamic research location in an interdisciplinary research environment
  • State-of the art facilities and a wide range of scientific support services, such as
    • Nanofabrication facility
    • Electron microscopy facility
    • Bioimaging facility
    • Life science facility
    • Mechanical and Electronic shop
    • Scientific Computing facility
    • Preclinical facility (rodents)

The deadline for applications is November 2, 2017.

To apply online please click here.


Applications should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, as well as a research statement, including a description of the most important scientific achievements and planned future research activities.

All applicants will receive an email of the receipt of the application immediately and a notification about the status of their application at the latest six months after the call deadline.

We also accept applications after the deadline. However, the decision making may take longer as we prefer to process applications, whenever possible, in parallel.

All applications will be thoroughly evaluated. Should your application pass the first round of selection we will contact your referees. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. Interviews usually take place from January to April. 

Scientific Excellence and Focus Areas

IST Austria is committed to highest academic standards. The most important factor in our hiring decisions is scientific excellence. The above mentioned fields are our current focus areas. Outstanding candidates from other fields will be considered as well.

Tenure Track at IST Austria

Assistant Professors receive independent group leader positions with an initial contract of six years, at the end of which their scientific performance will be evaluated by international peers. The outcome of the tenure evaluation determines if an Assistant Professor is promoted to a tenured Professor position.

While the history of IST Austria is too short to determine a “tenure rate,” the philosophy of the Institute is to hire an Assistant Professor only if they can be expected to obtain tenure. The Institute wants all of its Assistant Professors to succeed and supports them in any way it can. There is no competition for a limited number of tenured “slots” between the Assistant Professors of the Institute.

Research Culture at IST Austria

Science at IST Austria is structured as to minimize internal hierarchies and boundaries. Currently, there are no departments; the independent research group, headed by a Professor or an Assistant Professor, is the only organizational research unit. We believe that an intermediate size of research groups will maximize the impact that IST Austria can have in international science and graduate education. A research group consists of up to 15 members. The Institute strives to maintain an interactive atmosphere, sharing space and other resources between research groups whenever possible, and facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Graduate School of IST Austria

IST Austria has two core missions: performing scientific research at a world-class level, and educating new generations of scientists. PhD students are admitted centrally by the Graduate School and go through a multidisciplinary training, which involves courses and rotation projects with several research groups, before they choose their thesis supervisors. Every Professor and Assistant Professor of IST Austria is expected to participate in the Graduate School. Since IST Austria has only a PhD program, and no undergraduate students, the teaching load is smaller than at most universities.


IST Austria values diversity and is committed to equality. Our Dual Career Advice office provides support for dual-career couples. Female researchers are encouraged to apply. 

IST Austria as host institution for ERC applications

Every group leader at IST Austria is either a tenure-track Assistant Professor or a tenured Professor. IST Austria cannot be listed as host institution on your ERC application if you have not been offered a Professor or Assistant Professor position at the Institute.

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