The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 184 fields of study, approx. 10.400 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography

Reference number: 13709

The Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography at the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy invites applications for a university assistant (praedoc) for a PhD research project in the field of experimental high-pressure crystallography.

The successful candidate is supposed to work on high-pressure kinetics of salt-hydrate/ammoniate/carbonate formation with respect to thermochemical energy storage. We are looking for a person with a distinct interest for experimental work, in particular time-resolved X-ray diffraction using in-house and synchrotron sources.

We are offering modern X-ray facilities, a diamond-anvil high-pressure lab, spectroscopy labs (Raman, IR, UV-VIS), and access to other analytical facilities (EMPA, SEM, FEG-SEM with FIB, TEM with electron diffraction).

The PhD candidate will be member of the Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences VISESS (

The contract duration is 4 years with a preliminary limitation of 1.5 years and will automatically be extended to 4 years, unless the employer hands in a non-extension declaration after 12 months.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
- Performance of in-situ experiments related to time-resolved XRD and Raman spectroscopy on the solid-gas reactions of mono- and polycrystalline mineral samples.
- Evaluating the reaction kinetics include reversible hydration and ammoniation processes of sulfate salts and the CO2 reactivity of oxygen-based materials.
- Planning and performing of experiments at dedicated large-scale facilities (synchrotron) and associated data analyses.
- Preparation of scientific publication and presentations on national and international scientific events.
- We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 1 - 1.5 year/s and to become an active member of VISESS doctoral school.
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement.
- Supervision of students.
- Participation in research administration and reporting of research results.

- Completed degree (Master, Diplomingenieur, or equivalent) in Crystallography, Mineralogy, Chemistry, Physics or Materials Sciences.
- Knowledge and/or experience in experimental research including XRD and/or vibrational spectroscopy techniques is of advantage.
- Knowledge of MS Office / internet and internet application is a must.
- Sound computer/coding/programming skills are of advantage.
- Excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Team-working skills.

- Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN/C/C++ etc.) and in crystallographic software (SHELX/JANA/OLEX/FIT2D/GSAS etc.) is highly desirable.

Application documents must include:
- Letter of motivation including statements to the above mentioned key points of the profile.
- Academic curriculum vitae.
- List of publications and congress contributions.
- Names and contact information of two references.
- Degree certificates.

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Geology, Mineralogy
Crystallography SHOULD

Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Natural Sciences Other and interdisciplinary Natural Sciences MUST

Language level Importance
Very good knowledge MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 11.04.2023, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Miletich-Pawliczek, Ronald +43-1-4277-53265.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

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