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 from 01.06.2023 of a

Senior Scientist
at the Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics
to 31.05.2029.

Reference number: 14191

The Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics (AEP) Group at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna combines innovative modelling with highly-sophisticated laboratory-, ground-, and aircraft-based experiments to study the fundamental physical, optical, and chemical properties of aerosol particles and clouds. Current research within the AEP group focuses on different but related areas of aerosol science and covers the entire particle size spectrum, from the nano- to the microscale. The results achieved by the AEP Group are important not only to promote a general understanding of physical problems related to aerosols, but also for addressing health- and technology-related questions, as well as societal challenges such as climate change. In order to extend our team, we are looking for a motivated and interested scenior scientist.

The position is currently limited to 6 years with the option to extend the contract.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
• Participation in research in the field of aerosol and cloud science with particular focus on ground-based and airborne in-situ observations
• Development, modification, and preparation of aerosol instruments for ground-based and aircraft measurements
• Development of novel methods and analysis tools for in-situ aerosol and cloud data using state-of-the-art techniques (e.g., machine learning)
• Contribution to the organization and implementation of ground-based and airborne field campaigns
• Contribution to the set-up and operation of the UNIVIE ACTRIS National Facility for aerosol in-situ observations
• Permanent operation of highly complex aerosol instrumentation
• Collection, analysis, and interpretation of data from past and upcoming (aircraft) field experiments including ATom, FIREX-AQ, A-LIFE, SABRE, ACCLIP, and others
• Active participation in research, teaching and administration
• Sustainable know-how transfer in the field of aerosol and cloud physics to students, doctoral candidates and PostDocs
• Training of students at all levels on the latest aerosol measurement methods

This involves:
• Developing and strengthening the independent research profile
• Involvement in research projects / research studies
• International publications and presentations
• Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding
• Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
• Supervision of students
• Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
• Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

• Professional expertise: Knowledge in experimental physics, laboratory work and aircraft measurements, ideally in aerosol and cloud physics and/or atmospheric physics
• Very good programming skills (including Python and/or Igor)
• Doctoral degree/PhD degree
• High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
• Excellent command of written and spoken English
• Ability to work in a team
• Knowledge of experimental aerosol and cloud physics
• Experience in aerosol instrument development and airborne measurements
• Excellent organizational skills
• Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
• Experience of working on research projects
• Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards)
• International presentation experience
• Willingness to travel (in the framework of field experiments, stays abroad of several weeks duration are necessary)
• Drivers licence

Desirable qualifications:
• Knowledge of university processes and structures
• Experience abroad
• Experience of supervising students

Application documents:
• Letter of motivation
• Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)
• Description of research interests and research agenda
• Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Physics, Astronomy
Aerosol physics;Environmental physics MUST

Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy - MUST

Language level Importance
Very good knowledge MUST

Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills  Importance
Programming language
Others MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be sumbitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 30.05.2023, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Weinzierl, Bernadett +43-1-4277-73412.

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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