IST Austria trains PhD students, postdocs and interns.


Training the next generation

IST Austria provides a world-class environment for science and an attractive destination for PhD students, postdocs, and professors from all countries. We are committed to the highest international academic standards, integrity, equality and diversity on campus, as well as respect and recognition for all.

A World-Class Education – The IST Austria Graduate School

Educating PhD students is a core mission of IST Austria. Our Graduate School offers an interdisciplinary PhD program that supports students in becoming experts in their fields while fostering communication and collaboration across research groups and disciplines.  Graduate students are not just the largest group on campus, they are one of the most diverse, both in terms of nationality and background, and in terms of their experiences during their time at the Institute and their contributions as part of the IST Austria community. The Graduate School strives to support PhD students as they follow their many different paths, and to help them gain the skills they need to succeed in their next steps.

As the number of graduate students continues to grow—in the future, the Institute expects to admit annual cohorts of around 100 students—the Graduate School continues to expand and refine its structures as well as its course offerings, to ensure that PhD students receive the best possible support and training at IST Austria. Moreover, the Graduate School works to maintain a sense of community and the willingness to communicate across disciplines while keeping to the high standards set by the Institute’s educational mission.

For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Graduate School website.

A Chance to Grow – Postdocs at IST Austria

The years following the completion of their PhD are important ones for early-career scientists. IST Austria provides postdoctoral fellows with a world-class, multidisciplinary research environment, giving them the resources and opportunity to broaden their experience and deepen their expertise.  A postdoc position at IST Austria for a duration of up to 5 years gives early-career scientists the chance to grow professionally, while not yet shouldering the responsibilities of a research group leader. IST Austria brings together the faculty, facilities, and support to help postdocs develop the skills necessary for their next career steps elsewhere.

Opportunities at Every Level – Internships at IST Austria

Training the next generation does not just mean graduate students: IST Austria offers year-round opportunities for bachelor’s and master’s students from other institutions to intern in a laboratory or with a research group. An internship is a valuable opportunity which offers students the chance to explore and broaden their interests in science, to learn about the process of conducting research, and to build connections within academia and among their scientific peers.

IST Austria is running a summer internship program and also offers year-round internships. Find out about how to apply here.

Career Services at IST Austria

There are many ways to a meaningful career, in and outside of academia. IST Austria Career Services inform, advise, and support students and postdocs on career matters. We encourage our young scientists to think about how to shape their careers and what the necessary skills and experience are, they need to acquire to reach their career goals.

IST Austria Career Services provide support at every stage of the career development process.

Students and postdocs can participate in soft skills workshops that are organized regularly in-house to broaden their set of skills. In addition, they can book one-on-one career meetings to discuss individual questions, and they also have access to a comprehensive online portal.

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