Administration

The mission of the administrative staff at IST Austria is to provide the best possible environment for outstanding science. Dedicated experts offer their assistance on a wide range of matters and are glad to help at any time. Most of them are located in the voestalpine Building and the 2nd Administration Building.


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Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs (AA) deals with the organization of academic life at IST Austria and coordinates the quality control of research at the Institute. It administers the entire recruitment process for Professors and Assistant Professors. Likewise, AA coordinates meetings of the Scientific Board, the Professorial Committee as well as institute, area and tenure evaluations. The organization of the Graduate School with all its courses, the admission process of students, student affairs and the development of rules and procedures of the PhD program are further important tasks within AA. In addition, AA coordinates the employment process of staff scientists, postdocs and students and supports visiting scientists who stay longer than three weeks at IST Austria.

Contact
Barbara Abraham (Head): ext. 1020 barbara.abraham@ist.ac.at


Campus Services

The main duties of the campus services team at IST Austria is to manage the apartments on campus, the guesthouse rooms, the café/pub and act as link to the management company of the cafeteria (SV Österreich GmbH) and the childcare center (Kidspoint GmbH). The administration of the childcare places for the daycare and kindergarten groups at the childcare center “Froschkönig” as well as the coordination of the IST Austria shuttle bus, the reception desks, the cleaning of all buildings on campus as well as the administration of the fitness center, sports ground and tennis courts are additional tasks.

Contact
Stefan Hipfinger (Head): ext. 1005 stefan.hipfinger@ist.ac.at


Communications & Events

Communications & Events support the managing team, the scientists, and the administration in any kind of public relations and public affairs, maintaining contacts with and responding to inquiries by organizations of public, representational or political nature, and the media. In addition, it produces and distributes publications such as press releases, the annual report, image brochures or folders. Communications & Events is also in charge of internal communications, digital content management, and public outreach activities. Moreover, academic events like conferences, workshops and meetings are organized by our event management team.

Contact
Answer Lang (Head): ext. 1092 answer.lang@ist.ac.at


Construction & Maintenance

Construction & Maintenance is one of the largest units on campus. Its staff is busy with developing the campus and maintaining its facilities. Engineers, architects, highly experienced electricians, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and sanitary specialists, control and regulation engineers and technicians work hard to ensure a smooth operation of the technical systems of the campus. Construction & Maintenance is responsible for the technical and organizational fire protection of the institute and offers a 24/7 call on duty service for technical emergencies

Furnishing and maintaining flats and guest rooms as well as all offices and ensuring the proper functioning of all services to secure a pleasant working environment is an everyday task. The technical management of the new pre-clinical facility is another task of this department. Issuing of keys and access cards, codes and all related administration is the responsibility of the construction & maintenance team.

Contact
Stefan Hipfinger (Head): ext. 1005 stefan.hipfinger@ist.ac.at


EHS

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) provides guidance, support and legal advice for any issue around environmental protection, health and occupational safety: workplace evaluation, handling of hazardous substances, personal protective equipment, maternity protection; waste management, air and water pollution prevention and energy efficiency; ergonomics, vaccinations, stress and many other health prevention programs. Trainings in first aid, firefighting, general safety briefings, accident prevention and analysis tools, safety risk management etc are organized on demand.

Contact
Susanne Wertheimer-Wiegel (Head): ext. 1087 susanne.wertheimer-wiegel@ist.ac.at


Executive Affairs

The unit Executive Affairs (EA) harbors various functions close to the management: Legal Affairs, OPP (Organization, Processes and Project Management), and Internal Audit.

Legal Affairs provides legal advice and assistance to the management, faculty, and other staff on a wide range of matters, including labor and employment, intellectual property, development of IST Austria’s policies and procedures, founding of affiliates, collaboration with external entities, contract management, compliance and data protection, as well as IST Austria’s contractual and statutory obligations. Legal Affairs also coordinates the services of lawyers, tax advisors, and other external advisors.

The function Organization, Processes and Project Management (OPP) is in charge of implementing and further developing the Internal Control System (ICS), policy management, as well as designing and optimizing important Institute-wide administrative processes. OPP further assists the administration in planning and leading various projects, along with providing project-specific training.

Internal Audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve IST Austria’s operations. It helps to accomplish its objectives and mission by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.

Contact
Julia Lintner (Head): ext. 1000 julia.lintner@ist.ac.at


Finance

The Division Finance consists of the following subdivisions:

  • Financial Accounting is responsible for adequate and properly book keeping, invoice verification, financial transactions and year end closing.
  • Controlling is in charge of cost accounting, budgeting and reporting.
  • Procurement is responsible for an orderly procurement of supplies and services and the operation of IST Ordering System.

Contact
Wolfgang Fohringer (Head): ext. 1090 wolfgang.fohringer@ist.ac.at


Grant Office

The Grant Office (GO) at IST Austria is responsible for endorsing and authorizing proposals to, and negotiating and accepting contracts and grants for projects funded by the European Commission, federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources.

Grant Office services include information about funding opportunities, assistance during the preparation of grant applications, and financial grant management including interim and final financial reports.

Contact
Barbara Abraham (Head): ext. 1020 grants@ist.ac.at


Office of the President

The Office of the President organizes and administrates all non-scientific affairs for the President and Vice President and acts as an interface to the scientific and administrative staff, board and committee members, cooperation partners and other external contact persons, including IST Austria’s network of supporters. It oversees and coordinates faculty affairs matters such as appointments, retentions, budgets, leaves, sabbaticals, external activities, and retirements. It strengthens links to similar research institutes and supports the further development of the institute by benchmarking and analysis. It also includes Stakeholder Relations and is further responsible for the scheduling, organization, preparation and follow-up of meetings, especially board, committee, and endowment meetings as well as meetings of the management, and prepares minutes, presentations, and reports, in addition to ensuring efficient and smooth office operations.

Contact
Magdalena Lueger-Kaltenecker (Head): ext. 1033 magdalena.lueger-kaltenecker@ist.ac.at


Stakeholder Relations

Stakeholder Relations, as part of the Office of the President, is responsible for expanding, organizing, and administrating IST Austria’s network of supporters. It works towards creating mutually beneficial relationships with external parties and individuals through donations, and identifies and engages with third-party groups and individuals, who support IST Austria’s vision of establishing itself as a world-class research institution based on excellence. One of its core functions is to develop new support concepts to advance IST Austria.

Contact
Oliver Lehmann (Head): ext. 1006 oliver.lehmann@ist.ac.at


People Services

The working environment in the field of Science & Research is an international, complex and dynamic one. On behalf of the Management we promote an HR philosophy which enables us to react quickly and flexibly to changes of the legal framework as well as to the requirements of the Scientists. People Services provides professional Human Resources Management including service-oriented Counselling and support for Scientists, Scientific Service Units and Administration employees within the following fields of responsibilities:

  • Labor law
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Payroll & Personnel Administration
  • Personnel Development & Training
  • Personnel Marketing & Employer Branding
  • Recruiting & Onboarding
  • Welcome Services

Contact
Karin Reisinger (Head): ext. 1143 karin.reisinger@ist.ac.at


Technology Transfer

The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is the one stop shop for all matters related to intellectual property (IP) developed at IST Austria. If scientists discover something in the lab or have a great idea which is patentable and/or might have serious commercial value, the TTO assists in patent protection and/or licensing the technology to interested companies or even creating a spin-off company. The TTO also handles material transfer agreements (MTAs) and supports scientists in collaboration agreements with industry.

The “TWIST” program is an initiative by IST Austria to support researchers interested in the commercial development and use of their research results. With a range of measures, results are to be translated into product ideas, which the institute intends to commercialize through licensing and the support of start-ups. TWIST facilitates the exchange with industry, works with founders, and helps students make career decisions.

Contact
Markus Wanko (Head): ext. 1130 twist@ist.ac.at




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