The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is looking for highly qualified candidates with bachelor’s or master’s degrees to apply for our ISTScholar PhD program. We offer fully-funded PhD positions in biology, neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, physics, and data science, in a world-class research environment on the outskirts of Vienna.
Our PhD program is characterized by modern comprehensive training with a special focus on interdisciplinarity, close mentoring by outstanding faculty within small research groups, and access to excellent facilities. Students spend the first year completing coursework and rotations before choosing a thesis group. Our PhD graduates have gone on to top positions in academia and industry all over the world.
IST Austria offers internationally competitive PhD salaries co-funded by an EU Marie Curie-Sklodowska grant supporting 4-5 years of study. Applicants must hold either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field of study. We expect to hire between 30-40 PhD candidates for the 2016 admissions round.
The application deadline is January 8, 2016 (11:59PM CET), for a PhD start date in September 2016.
Apply now: http://ist.ac.at/en/graduate-school/applications/
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Subject AreasWe invite PhD applications in the following subject areas:
- Cell and Developmental Biology
- Evolutionary Biology
- Structural Biology
- Systems Biology
- Computer Graphics
- Computer Vision
- Machine Learning
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Discrete Mathematics
- Geometry / Topology
- Mathematical Physics
- Probability Theory and Stochastics
- Cellular Neuroscience
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Molecular Neuroscience
- Structural Neuroscience
- Theoretical/Computational Neuroscience
- Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
- Fluid Dynamics / Turbulence
- Mathematical Physics
- Quantum Physics
- Solid State Physics
About IST AustriaThe Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a multidisciplinary research institution dedicated to cutting-edge basic research in the natural, mathematical, and computer sciences. The Institute is located in the city of Klosterneuburg, 18 km from the center of Vienna.
IST Austria was established jointly by the federal government of Austria and the provincial government of Lower Austria and inaugurated in 2009. At the end of 2015, 40 professors and a total of 500 employees from 51 different countries worked on campus. The development plans of IST Austria allow for a growth to 90 research groups and more than 1000 employees by 2026, who will conduct research in an international, state-of-the-art environment.
The President of the Institute is Thomas A. Henzinger, a computer scientist and former professor of the University of California at Berkeley and the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
IST Austria offers excellent infrastructure, an English-speaking, internationally diverse community, and proximity to Vienna, consistently ranked as one of the most desirable cities to live in in the world.
When should I apply?IST Austria processes applications to its PhD program once a year, in January.
All admitted students start the program the following September.
The online application form for 2016 admissions can be found here: https://students.app.ist.ac.at/.
The application deadline is January 8, 2016 11:59PM CET, for a PhD start date in September 2016. All application files must be received by the application deadline. Reference letters must be received by January 15, 2016 11:59PM CET.
Who is eligible?Highly qualified students from all disciplines of the natural sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, and any related interdisciplinary areas, who are committed to pursuing their scientific career in an international research environment, are invited to apply.
All applicants must hold a master’s or bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), or anticipate the completion of the degree before September 2016. Participating students are expected to be proficient in written and oral English.
IST Austria is committed to equality and diversity. In particular, female applicants are encouraged to apply.
What are the selection criteria?The main criterion for the selection of students is scientific excellence and promise.
Scientific excellence and promise is judged on the basis of undergraduate performance, reference letters, and statement of purpose:
Undergraduate performance is evaluated based on the quality of the undergraduate program, overall grades, grades in specific fields/courses, and other scientific distinctions (e.g. publications, seminar talks or presentations at conferences).
Reference letters are evaluated in terms of how strongly professors or senior scientists who know the candidate well support the candidate’s application for the PhD program.
The statement of purpose should reveal the candidate’s knowledge of the big questions in the field and will be evaluated regarding the preparedness, motivation, and potential of the candidate.
The selection committee will also consider the candidate’s background and diversity. This criterion is broad in scope and considers the degree to which the candidate’s background will enrich the scientific culture of the Institute. Factors include international mobility, interdisciplinarity, collaborations and completed internships, transferable skills such as experience in managing projects and working in teams, teaching, and English language and communication skills.
All applications will be considered holistically with regard to these selection criteria.
Candidates for fields outside of IST Austria’s research portfolio will not be considered.
What documents do I need?To complete your application, you will need the following:
1. Your resume/CV: include
a. your educational history since high school
b. relevant work experience
c. additional qualifications
d. list of publications (if any)
e. scholarships, awards, etc. (if any)2. Statement of purpose: a 1-2 page essay in which you explain
a. Why you want to enter our PhD program
b. The research area(s) you find the most interesting
c. Which professor(s) you may be interested in studying with3. Three referees who taught or supervised your work in academic setting:
you will need to enter
a. their names
b. institutions, and
c. email addressesYou will need to submit these using our online application form. The online application form for 2016 admissions can be found here: https://students.app.ist.ac.at/
The deadline for submission is January 8, 2016 11:59PM CET. All application files and names of referees should be submitted by this date. Your referees have until January 15, 2016 11:59PM CET, to submit their reference letters. Documents received after the deadline will not be considered in the review process.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ISTScholar PhD program has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 665385. For more information, see: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/