University Assistant Predoctoral, Physics

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
27 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

51 Faculty of Physics Startdate: 01.12.2023 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: 30.11.2027
Reference no.: 1389

Do you have an interest in Experimental aerosol physics? Are you fascinated by lab-scale fundamental studies connecting urgent environmental problems such as climate change and air pollution? Are you interested in developing new experimental techniques for aerosol nanoparticle detection and characterization? If yes, then we invite you to join the Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics Group.

Your personal sphere of influence:

As a university assistant (praedoc) in this 4-year position, you will be part of the Nanoparticle Dynamics Team around Professor Paul Winkler, and you will be focusing on research topics in aerosol nanoparticle dynamics.

Our research aims at fundamental process understanding in aerosol physics and practical applications in environmental settings. Examples include mass spectrometric applications for particle chemical characterizations as well as synchrotron based experiments for studies of particle size and morphology.

Our Team is part of the Aerosol Physics and Environmental Physics group of the Faculty of Physics.

We are member of the newly founded Environment and Climate Research Hub of the University of Vienna offering ample opportunities for cross-discipline interaction. Our participation at the CLOUD experiment at CERN provides a large network of leading international scientists in the field.

You will also benefit from being fellow of the Vienna Doctoral School in Physics (VDSP), connecting PhD students at the Faculty of Physics from all disciplines.

The Winkler group is an international team of six young scientists (Master & PhD). Our expertise lies in experimental aerosol nanoparticle dynamics.

Your future tasks:

You actively participate in research, teaching & administration, which means:

  • You are involved in a well-funded research project addressing nanoparticle detection and characterization.
  • You will present your research plan to the faculty and complete a dissertation agreement within 12-18 months. This will be reviewed and adapted on an annual basis.
  • You will work on your dissertation and towards its completion in time. We expect a large degree of independence paired with a high level of social awareness as the goal will only be achieved in a team.
  • You will contribute to teaching (lab courses, exercise classes) within the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • You will fill some administrative tasks, contributing to the success and self-organization of the group for research, teaching and administration.
  • You will continuously stay informed about the state of the art in your field.
  • You contribute to outreach by publications, conference presentations and public activities.

This is part of your personality:

  • You have completed your Master's degree or Diploma in physics and/or aerosol related topics such as atmospheric sciences or aerosol chemistry.
  • You have experience in academic writing
  • You should come with a background in general aerosol physics and chemistry.
  • Ideally, you should have experience with the usual techniques for aerosol detection and characterization (CPC, DMA, mass spectrometry) and programing (e.g. Mathematica/Python/Matlab)
  • You have an excellent command of written and spoken English

What we offer:

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Potential for development: Success in life depends on what you make of it, but if you are ambitious and successful, there are plenty of opportunities to connect you to all relevant top research groups in the world.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 2.457,00 (30h, 14x p.a.) increases if we can credit professional experience. The employment duration is 4 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 4 years if the employer does not terminate it within the first 12 months by submitting a non-extension declaration.

Equal opportunities for everyone: We look forward to diverse personalities in the team!

It is that easy to apply:

  • With your scientific curriculum vitae
  • A summary of your previous academic and research achievements.
  • A short statement on your research interests for the future.
  • Your Bachelor’s and Master‘s degree: an excellent academic degree is a good entrance statement for this position. Note, that while a Master’s degree is the usual legal prerequisite for a PhD position at the University of Vienna, we can consider Bachelors (preferentially with Honor’s) in exceptional cases, too.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Paul Winkler

We look forward to new personalities in our team! 
The University of Vienna has an anti-discriminatory employment policy and attaches great importance to equal opportunities, the advancement of women and diversity. We lay special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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​Application deadline: 10/17/2023 

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