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 (post doc)
at the Computational Materials Physics

Reference number: 13972

Our group develops and applies methods based on quantum mechanics to describe condensed matter systems, among them the successful software package VASP (Vienna ab-initio Simulation Package). Currently, the group consists of two full Professors, one associate Professor, several PostDocs and about 10 PhD students, as well as master students. Computing time is available on our local cluster and on the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC), a supercomputer shared between the major Universities of Austria. We focus on the development of methods for solving the many-electron Schrödinger equation for Fermions and Bosons with high accuracy, and on the application of these methods to problems in the physics of oxides, semiconductors and their surfaces. Machine learning techniques are used to bridge the complexity gap. Candidates have an outstanding record or show exceptional promise in any area of computational theoretical solid state physics including - but not restricted to - modelling of oxides and their surfaces, machine learning techniques and/or developing novel solutions to solve the many-body Schrödinger equation. Candidates with shown expertise in developing new computational methods and applying them on high performance computers will be given preference. Furthermore, interactions with experimental and other theoretical groups in Vienna are desirable. The candidate should also actively contribute to and interact with the SFB TACO, a large joint research project funded by the Austrian science fund. All applications shall include i) letter of motivation ii) CV including full academic record iii) list of courses as well as lists of publications and talks including one or two reprints representative of previous research iv) expression of research interest and research agenda / of the intended habilitation project (if applicable) (two pages) v) ideally two letters of recommendation.

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:
Active participation in research, teaching and administration. This involves - Developing and strengthening an independent research profile - Involvement in research projects - International publications and presentations - Responsibility for project applications and the acquisition of third-party funding - Preparing / writing a (publication-ready) habilitation thesis - 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

PhD in the field of natural or technical sciences / with focus on solid state physics, theoretical physics - Professional competence: development of ab initio methods, solid state physics - Knowledge based methods competence: Python, Fortran, C, C++, High performance computing - Good knowledge of principles of teaching - High command of written and oral language - Computer literacy - Foreign languages: English - Ability to work in teams

In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have - Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning - Experience of working in research projects - Publications in renowned, subject-relevant media (peer-reviewed, depending on the professional standards) - International presentation experience - Desirable qualifications are: - Knowledge of university processes and structures - Experience abroad - Experience of supervising students

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Physics, Astronomy
Condensed matter ;Quantum mechanics;Theoretical physics;Materials physics MUST

Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Natural Sciences Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy SHOULD

Language level Importance
Basic knowledge SHOULD
Very good knowledge MUST

Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills  Importance
Programming language

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be sumbitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 31.05.2023, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Kresse, Georg +43-1-4277-51411, Hecht-Aichholzer, Doris +43-1-4277-51401.

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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