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 01.07.2023 of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Faculty Center for Nano Structure Research

Reference number: 14126

Professor Heckl’s research group at the Faculty of Physics works on the advancement of semiconductor optics, coherent high-power mid-IR light sources and their application to experimental precision spectroscopy.
The group conducts successful and internationally recognized research in the field of semiconductor optics, laser physics and optical metrology. For our further reinforcement, we are looking for a PostDoc to join our group.

The announcement is made for four years, whereby the employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of four years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 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:
The proposed doctoral project will focus on the development and characterization of next-generation crystalline and crystalline-amorphous hybrid mirrors for the MIR (≈ 3μm to 10μm). Special focus will be given to the characterisation and advancement of basic properties, such as reflectivity and absorption, and the advancement of the accessible wavelength coverage out to 10 μm.
- Participation in research, teaching and administration
- Participation in research projects / research studies
- Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations
- We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.
- Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
- Supervision of students
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

- Master’s degree in physics
- Experience in optics
- Experience in photothermal common path Interferometry
- Experience with work on crystalline supermirrors
- Experience in the Python programming language
- Fluent in English
- Experience with industrial workflows and processes
- Skilled in craftmanship
- Ability to work in a team
- High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
- IT user skills

Desirable qualifications are
- Teaching experience
- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- Basic experience in research methods and academic writing
- Simulation of optical systems
- experience in working / collaborating with industrial partners

Application documents
- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae
- Short doctoral project proposal
- Degree certificates

Research fields:
Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Physics, Astronomy
Quantum mechanics;Laser physics;Experimental physics MUST

Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy Quantum mechanics MUST

Language level Importance
Very good knowledge 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 28.05.2023, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Heckl, Oliver H. +43-1-4277-73806.

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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