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 Mineralogy and Crystallography

Reference number: 13704

The Department of Mineralogy and Crystallography invites applications for a university assistant (post doc) in the Crystallography Group with a contract period of 6 years. The group conducts experimental research on crystallography under nonambient and extreme conditions, with a current focus on structural high-pressure transformations in crystals, stability of dense planetary materials, carbonates and oxide materials under extreme conditions, and pressure effects on thermochemical energy-storage materials.

We are looking for an excellent scientist with a high potential of independent creative research in the field of experimental crystallography. The applicants research interest preferably include in-situ X-ray crystallography applied to single-crystal and powder diffraction at nonambient or extreme conditions, including activities on dedicated large-scale facilities (synchrotron).

The position includes independent teaching in particular in the fields of structural crystallography and X-ray crystallography.

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:
- Development of research ideas related to experimental crystallography of materials under extreme conditions (high pressure and/or high/low temperature)
- Maintenance and development of X-ray diffraction laboratory instrumentation and equipment related to in-situ single-crystal diffraction
- Instruction of users for in-situ experiment at in-house laboratory instruments
- Acquisition of research funding and synchrotron beamtime at dedicated large-scale facilities
- Publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at international conferences
- Independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement; in particular in the fields of structural crystallography / chemical crystallography and X-ray crystallography / X-ray diffraction techniques / crystal structure determination
- Supervision of students and participation in the performance of student exams
- Participation in research administration tasks

- Ph.D. / Doctoral degree in Crystallography, Mineralogy, Chemistry, Physics or Materials Sciences (special research fields: Mineralogical Crystallography, Mineral Physics, Physical Chemistry, Structural Chemistry, Material Chemistry, Solid-State Physics, Material Physics)
- Skills in the operation and/or maintainance of single-crystal X-ray diffractometers, associated instrumental devices and experience with tools to related data analyses
- Expertise in the acquisition of synchrotron beamtime and/or proven experience in the performance of experiments at large-scale facilities
- Very good computer / coding / programming skills (knowledge of MS Office / internet and web application / crystallographic software SHELX / JANA / OLEX / FIT2D / GSAS etc. is a must; knowledge of programming languages, e.g. FORTRAN/C/C++ etc. is highly desirable)
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- Team-working skills

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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