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 (prae doc)
at the Department of Astrophysics
Reference number: 13911
The Department of Astrophysics is looking for a motivated PhD candidate to join the ELT-Group.
The ELT will offer the astronomical community unprecedented observing capabilities. Deeper than Hubble and sharper than James-Webb. The ELT-Group is involved in three of the instrumentation projects for the ELT: MICADO, METIS, MOSAIC. As such we will have a rare opportunity to play a role in developing and preparing the future scientific trajectory of all three instruments. The group is therefore looking for a PhD student to find and investigate the feasibility of synergistic science cases that lie in the overlapping region of the observational parameter space for these three world-class instruments.
The announcement is made for three years, whereby the employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of three years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.
The successful candidate will be member of the Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences VISESS (https://visess.univie.ac.at/).
Duration of employment:
Extent of Employment: 30.0 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.
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 organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums
- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration
Potential candidates MUST have the following attributes:
- A Masters degree in Astronomy/Astrophysics or Computer Science
- Experience with using astronomical instrumentation and data processing software
- A very strong background in programming with Python or C / C++
- Able to effectively communicate in English
The following experience will be highly regarded:
- An actively used GitHub (or similar) profile
- Experience with software design and deployment
- Experience working with distributed teams
- Experience with developing and maintaining large code bases
- Presentation experience at international conferences
- Experience with agile software development methods
- Ability to speak German
- Letter of motivation
- Academic CV
- List of publications, teaching evaluations (if available)
- Short abstract for a dissertation project
- Degree certificate(s)
Main research field
| Special research fields
| Educational level
| Natural Sciences
||Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy
| Language level
|Very good knowledge
Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna (
) no later than 27.03.2023, mentioning reference number 13911.
For further information please contact Leschinski, Kieran .
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.
Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 13911