We are looking for outstanding group leaders in all fields of science


IST Austria beruft jedes Jahr Professorinnen und Professoren in allen Bereichen der Naturwissenschaften inklusive Chemie, Computerwissenschaften, Earth Sciences, Astrosciences, Life Sciences, Mathematik und Physik. Angeboten werden Tenure Track Assistant Professuren und unbefristete Professuren.

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ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (tenure-track) and PROFESSOR positions
in all areas of sciences including
chemistry, computer science, earth and astrosciences,life sciences, mathematics, and physics.

We invite applications for several open positions in all areas of the above-mentioned disciplines as well as in related and interdisciplinary fields.

We especially welcome applications from the following areas:

  • Chemistry, including materials chemistry, physical chemistry, synthetic chemistry,  chemical physics, chemical and structural biology
  • Data science, including statistics, machine learning, optimization, bioinformatics, and scientific computing
  • Earth and astrosciences, including climate science, geology, planetary science, astrophysics, astrochemistry, and astrobiology
  • Engineering & technology, including bioengineering, nanotechnology, computer systems, control theory, and robotics

We offer:

  • A highly international and interdisciplinary research environment with English as working language on campus
  • State-of the art facilities and scientific support services, chemistry facilities (will be opened in fall 2021); additional scientific service units will be added as IST Austria is growing, leaving flexibility to adapt facilities to new research directions
  • Substantial start-up package and attractive salary
  • Guaranteed annual base funding including funding for PhD students and postdocs
  • An international Graduate School with high admissions criteria and a rigorous training program
  • Leadership program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Dual Career support packages
  • Child-care facilities on campus (for children from 3 months till 6 years old)

IST Austria values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities. We strive to increase the number of women, particularly in fields where they are underrepresented, and therefore we strongly encourage female researchers to apply.

The closing date for applications is October 29, 2021.

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

To apply online please click here.

For enquiries, please contact

Your application includes your curriculum vitae (with a list of publications), and a research statement including a description of your scientific accomplishments and planned research activities.
If your application passes the first round of selection we will contact your referees. We will invite all shortlisted applicants for interviews, which usually take place from January to April. We will confirm receipt of your application immediately and notify you about its status at the latest six months after the call deadline.

Tenure-track and tenured positions

Candidates for tenured professors are distinguished scientists in their respective research fields and have at least six years of experience in leading a research group.
Assistant professors at IST Austria are independent group leaders with an initial contract of six years, at the end of which they are reviewed by international peers. If the evaluation is positive, an assistant professor is promoted to a tenured professor.
IST Austria appoints assistant professors only if we believe in their potential to obtain tenure. There is no limit on the number of tenured “slots”: we want all of our assistant professors to become tenured, and we support them in any way we can.


“As an assistant professor, I am truly independent in deciding my research focus. It gives immense satisfaction to build my own team of excellent scientists across all levels and disciplines and who share my passion to drive research to new frontiers.”
Sandra SIEGERT, IST Austria Faculty since 2015

Research culture at IST Austria

IST Austria recognizes the importance of academic freedom in the advancement of science. The Institute fosters an interactive, collegial, and supportive atmosphere, sharing space and resources between research groups whenever possible, and facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations. The organization tries to minimize internal hierarchies and boundaries. The main organizational research unit is the independent research group, headed by a professor or an assistant professor.

“The support I have received from IST Austria has surpassed my expectations. Junior faculty receive startup packages on par with large U.S. research universities, and an additional, generous annual operating budget. Further, I’ve been fully able to give input on institute decisions, request changes to scientific services, and participate in faculty recruiting. I have not heard of a more favorable environment for young faculty anywhere.”

Andrew HIGGINBOTHAM, IST Austria Faculty since 2019

Graduate School of IST Austria

Educating PhD students is a core mission of IST Austria. Our Graduate School offers an interdisciplinary PhD program with an innovative curriculum that supports students in becoming experts in their fields while fostering collaboration across research groups and disciplines. Professors contribute to the success of the PhD program by mentoring students in research rotations and by teaching either in our interdisciplinary core courses or in field-specific courses. Students are recruited from a highly international pool in a rigorous selection procedure once per year. The size of the research groups (up to 15 members) allows for close interaction between groups and direct supervision of PhD students.

At IST, graduate students have the opportunity to develop their technical skills but also to truly broaden their scientific interests, and this makes our research more creative and interdisciplinary.”

Beatriz VICOSO, IST Austria Faculty since 2015

Diversity and inclusion

IST Austria values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities and fairness. In 2014, the Institute received the Work-and-Family certificate from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Families and Youth and committed itself to a new cycle of the audit (2017-2020) in order to address the Institute’s steady growth and changing needs. Family support includes a kindergarten on campus (for children from 3 months till 6 years old) and a Dual Career Office.

IST Austria as host institution for ERC applications

IST Austria can only be listed as host institution on your ERC (or other grant) application once IST Austria has offered you a position as (assistant) professor.

The closing date for applications is October 29, 2021.

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

To apply online please click here.

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