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PhD Position in Exoplanet Atmospheres

Vienna (Landbezirke) (AT)
A basic gross salary of EUR 3,578.80
Closing date
15 Jun 2024

53 Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy
Startdate: 01.09.2024 | Working hours: 30 | Collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)
Limited until: permanent
Reference no.: 2451

Your working place:

We invite applications for a 3-year doctoral position in the area of exoplanet atmospheres at the Department of Astrophysics, University of Vienna. The Department of Astrophysics with currently around 90 members is part of the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy at the University of Vienna. Starting no earlier than 1st September 2024, the successful candidate will join Sudeshna Boro Saikia’s research group, and work on the FFG-funded project “APPLE-Kompot”. The succesful applicant will also actively collaborate with members of the Star and Planet formation group led by Manuel Güdel at the Department of Astrophysics. The PhD candidate will profit from interactions with a lively and diverse team engaging in research on planet formation in protoplanetary and debris disks, exoplanetary atmospheres and their evolution, solar system planetary evolution, and stellar astrophysics and magnetic activity.

Your future tasks:

  • simulatation of exoplanet atmospheres
  • an active member of the doctoral school "Vienna International School of Earth and Space Sciences"
  • a succesful dissertation at the end of the contract

Your profile/requirements:

  • completed Master's degree (or equivalent) in the field of physics or astrophysics
  • basic knowledge of astrophysics
  • programming skills, python (necessary) and Fortran (desired), C, C++ (beneficial)
  • excellent command of written and spoken English
  • basic experience in academic writing
  • didactic competences are beneficial

What we offer:

Inspiring working atmosphere: You will have the opportunity to work within a dedicated team on forefront science, while profiting from the international environment in the Department of Astrophysics ( We have privileged access to the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC; super-computing facility. As a member state of ESO ( and ESA (, Austria has access to their first-class observing facilities.

Good public transport connections: Your working place, the University Observatory, is located in the middle of the natural monument Observatory Park in the lively city of Vienna with outstanding public transport.

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours. Upon agreement hybrid working hours within Austria might be possible up to a certain extent.

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: A basic gross salary of EUR 3,578.80 (on a 40h/week basis) per month, 14 times a year.

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

Are you interested?

Please prepare your application as a single PDF file that includes:

  • a motivation letter (max. one page)
  • a curriculum vitae with a list of publications and presentations (max. two pages)
  • name, affliliation and email adress of at least two referees (which will be contacted directly after the application deadline)
  • bachelor´s and master´s diploma and transcripts

If you have any questions, please contact:

Sudeshna Boro Saikia

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 academic positions and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.

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​Application deadline: 06/15/2024 

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