How to apply for a PhD in Physics at the University of Vienna

The Vienna Doctoral School in Physics offers doctoral training across all research fields of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna. In order to start your PhD at the University of Vienna, you need to find a supervisor who can offer you a position. The VDS Physics welcomes applications throughout the year.

  1. Your first step in finding a supervisor is checking the open PhD positions, offered by VDSP Faculty Members.
  2. All application material must be submitted electronically via our online application system. Admission to the VDS Physics is competitive and we cannot consider incomplete applications. Complete applications contain:
    • CV,
    • A personal motivation letter, ca. 1 page A4 (in English),
    • List of publications in scientific journals, poster contributions, conference talks,
    • All study records (English or German, translation is required),
    • If available: GRE and TOEFL iBL score reports,
    • At least two recommendation letters. Candidates are requested to inform their academic advisors that they need to send their recommendation letters via email (sent from an academic email address - we do not accept any private providers!) to vds-physics@univie.ac.at within seven days after submission of application documents. The recommendation letters will be treated confidentially and they will not be shared with the applicants. Recommenders find here some guidelines for reference letters.
  3. Application documents are reviewed by the addressed VDSP Faculty members. The VDSP strives to respond to complete applications as soon as possible.
  4. Applicants will be invited to an interview in a timely manner, should their documents give the impression they would be a good fit for the respective research group.
    Additionally, twice per year applicants have the opportunity to get to know our research groups at one of our Recruitment Days. Invitation to a Recruitment Day depends on the timing of your application as well as the position you apply for. Further information will be announced via email.
  5. After successful application, doctoral candidates have to get admitted to the Doctoral study programme in Physics at the University of Vienna. Further, we expect all doctoral candidates to sign the VDSP Code of Good Practice. You are part of the Vienna Doctoral School in Physics and therefore can get started with your PhD as soon as you are enrolled as a PhD student.
  6. Membership in the VDS Physics can be extended from 18 months up to three additional years upon approval of the doctoral research project's topic and the doctoral thesis agreement within the first 18 months after admission.