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 Department of Astrophysics

Reference number: 13255

The research group "Astronomical Instrumentation" at the Department of Astrophysics at the University of Vienna is looking for motivated scientists to work in the area of software development for astronomical data analysis and simulation of observational data in the context of the ESO Extremely Large Telescope instrumentation projects at the Department. Three positions need to be filled.

Duration of employment: 3 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
- Active contribution to instrumentation projects of the Department of Astrophysics, in particular the ESO ELT instrumentation projects (The expected involvement includes especially the design and development of data reduction pipelines for photometric and spectroscopic optical infrared data and the development of software tools for the simulation of astronomical observations.)
- (Co-)Organisation of and participation in international instrument consortium and collaboration meetings
- Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
- Contributions to general organisational and administrative tasks

- Doctoral degree / PhD degree in astronomy / astrophysics or physics with focus in astronomy / astrophysics with experience in the areas of astronomy / astrophysics, with preference in observational oriented astronomy and development of astronomical data reduction software
- Ability to work in a team
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- Excellent communication skills

- Data acquisition, data reduction and data analysis of astronomical instruments in the optical and infrared wavelength regions
- Simulation of observational data
- Use of state-of-the-art astronomical software packages, in particular ESO instrument data reduction pipelines
- ESO standards of software development
- At least one major programming language relevant in astronomy (c/c++, Python, ...)

Application documents:
- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given)

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Physics, Astronomy
Astronomy;Astrophysics MUST

Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy Astronomy 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 15.09.2022, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Zeilinger, Werner +43-1-4277-51865, Ziegler, Bodo +43-1-4277-53825.

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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