IST Austria is an institute for basic research and graduate education.


The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a young international institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the natural and mathematical sciences, located in Klosterneuburg on the outskirts of Vienna.

IST Austria is committed to conducting world-class research. By 2026, up to 90 research groups will perform research in an international state-of-the-art environment.

IST Austria campus from the sky

Mission Statement

  • We conduct basic research in the natural and mathematical sciences, and we educate future researchers.
  • We foster interdisciplinary interaction between scientists.
  • We provide a world-class environment for science and an attractive destination for doctoral 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.
  • We use the public and private funds entrusted to us in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • We pursue an active policy of exploiting intellectual property when possible.
  • We succeed by contributing to the international scientific community, research in Europe, higher education in Austria, and society at large.


IST Austria values diversity and is committed to equal opportunities and fairness. We cherish diversity in personalities, backgrounds and experiences among all our employees. It is this diversity which will enable scientists to gain new insights, ideas and knowledge, and to take science into exciting new directions. Currently, you can find 70 different nationalities at IST Austria.

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