Overview of scientific positions
Professors and Assistant Professors
Every Professor leads the activities of a research group, which is expected to perform curiosity-driven basic research and publish its results according to the highest international scientific standards. Professors teach in the Graduate School and supervise PhD students. They are responsible for the operation of their research group, its budget and costs, and they are expected to play an active role in the acquisition of third-party research funds. Professors provide service to the international scientific community and take part in the further scientific development of the Institute and of the Graduate School. They are expected to provide administrative service to the Institute.
Professors are normally expected to have at least 6 years of independent group leader experience.
Staff Scientists and Senior Staff Scientists
Every Staff Scientist and Senior Staff Scientist is normally associated with a Scientific Service Unit (SSU), such as a research facility that is shared by multiple research groups. In rare cases, a Staff Scientist or Senior Staff Scientist may be shared by several research groups without being associated with an SSU. Staff Scientists and Senior Staff Scientists support the work of other scientists and the development of research facilities at the Institute. They pursue research projects together with professors, serving as collaborators with expertise normally not present within research groups. They may participate in the teaching activities of the Graduate School. A Staff Scientist or Senior Staff Scientist may also be the manager of an SSU.
Senior Staff Scientists are normally expected to have at least 10 years of relevant job experience after obtaining a PhD degree.
Postdoctoral fellows have completed their PhD studies and work within a research group. They play an active part in the performance of complex research tasks and may execute research projects to a large extent independently. They may participate in the teaching activities of the Graduate School.
PhD students are employed by IST Austria. Prior to the Transition Point within the PhD program, their activities consist mainly of coursework and preparation for a Qualifying Exam and/or Research Proposal. After the Transition Point, they perform research within a research group, on their PhD thesis project, and they may assist in the teaching activities of the Graduate School.
Student interns are scientists in training who hold no PhD degree and are not enrolled in a PhD program of IST Austria. They are normally enrolled in a degree program at another institution while receiving training and/or performing research within a research group of IST Austria.
Visiting Professors are experienced scientists from universities or other institutions or companies who temporarily perform research at IST Austria while on sabbatical leave or leave of absence from their home institution/company. They are invited to work at IST Austria for up to one year by one or more professors of IST Austria. They may contribute to the teaching activities of the Graduate School.