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Senior Scientist, Physics

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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51 Faculty of Physics
Startdate: 01.02.2024 | Working hours: 40 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)
Limited until: 31.01.2028
Reference no.: 1480

The research group Physics of Nanostructured Materials (PNM) at the Faculty of Physics studies the fundamental physics of novel materials, such as graphene and other 2D materials, in the context of atomic resolution microscopy and spectroscopy involving structural manipulation using electron and ion irradiation. Over the past decade, the group has developed a unique experimental infrastructure that combines an atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscope in the same vacuum system with experimental stations for atomic-force microscopy, sample manipulation via physical vapor deposition and low-energy plasma ion irradiation. PNM is in the process of upgrading the microscope at the heart of the setup into an instrument capable of, e.g., meV energy resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy, in situ electric measurements, sample cooling with liquid helium, light injection and collection for optical spectroscopy, in situ microscopy in low-pressure gas atmospheres, and modern 4D-STEM data acquisition.

Job description:

To maximize the benefit from the unique experimental capabilities, PNM is looking for a senior scientist to support the maintenance and development of experimental methods and new measurement techniques (with the unique experimental setup and other instrumentation), to participate in ongoing research projects, to carry out independent research, and to provide assistance for visiting researchers. The candidate will also contribute to the teaching at the faculty according to the collective bargaining agreement and participate in administrative tasks within PNM and the faculty. The position offers an excellent opportunity to participate in leading the research field together with national and international collaborators as a member of an excellent team.

Key responsibilities:

You actively participate in research, teaching and administration. Specifically, your responsibilities include:

  • Maintenance and development of the research infrastructure including, but not limited to, the unique vacuum system containing the state-of-the-art scanning transmission electron microscope described above.
  • Development and implementation of new imaging techniques.
  • Participation in ongoing research projects (including assistance with instrumentation, measurement techniques and data analysis), and carrying out research that complements the other research projects of PNM.
  • Publishing of scientific results in peer-reviewed publications and participation in international scientific meetings and public relations campaigns.
  • Teaching according to the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Administrative tasks within PNM and the faculty.
  • Occasional participation in organization of meetings, conferences and symposiums.

Your qualifications:

  • Completed doctoral degree in physics or a related field.
  • Several years of experience in maintaining and development of experimental instrumentation including (scanning) transmission electron microscopy, ultra-high vacuum technology, chemical vapor deposition setups or other similar systems, and electronics.
  • Several years of active scientific research after obtaining a doctorate, as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (C1 Level or equivalent).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills and ability to present research findings effectively.
  • Track record in obtaining research funding is an advantage.
  • Basic skills in scientific programming are expected, and good skills in Python are an advantage.
  • Didactic experience is an advantage.

What we offer:

Career perspective: The position is aimed at a candidate interested in maintaining and developing new research capabilities around the existing instrumentation and participating in exciting research projects with a perspective of permanent contract.

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible, family-friendly working hours and remote/ hybrid work (upon agreement).

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

Work in a safe city with an outstanding life quality: Vienna is the most livable city word-wide with a rich culture, numerous recreational opportunities and beautiful nature surroundings.

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

Internal further training & coaching: Opportunity to acquire additional skills in different areas within the training course offer for university employees.

Fair salary: A basic gross salary according to the collective bargaining agreement (EUR 4351.90, paid 14 times per year).

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

Terms of employment: Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week The employment duration is initially limited to 4 years, with an option to become permanent. Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (senior scientist).

How to apply:

Please apply on this portal by clicking on the "Apply" button below. The following documents are needed:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic curriculum vitae
  • List of publications, evidence of teaching experience
  • Degree certificates

If you have any content questions, please contact:

Jani Kotakoski

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: 12/15/2023 

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