Ongoing VDS-P Open Call for PhD Fellowships


The VDS program in Physics has a continous open call for open positions throughout year, offering new opportunities in various different research groups working in experimental, theoretical or computational physics!

The VDS program offers research opportunities in 22 different research groups working in experimental, theoretical or computational physics.

As a VDS fellow, you will have a regular employment at the University of Vienna and you will be part of a visible community of young scientists. We offer numerous academic and social activities to connect you with your peers, professors and international scientists. We also offer some travel grants to support students attending international conferences and summer schools.

Pre-selection is done in early December, March, June and September. 
Hearings take place in mid January, April, July and October.  

More information on the admission procedure and eligibility criteria can be found here. Click here to go to the application form and kindly inform your academic advisors (2) to upload their recommendation via this link.

An overview of the open positions (updated every month): 

  • Open position with Prof. Markus Arndt
    Cooling of silicon nanorods into rotational quantum states
    Our project focuses on novel techniques to launch and cool dielectric nanoparticles for advanced quantum interference experiments, aiming at pushing the interface between quantum physics and the classical world.
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  • (2) Open positions with Dr. Thomas Juffmann

    1. Cavity enhanced microscopy for live cell imaging 
    Phase microscopy has applications from biology to diagnostics. In your project you will employ cavities and wave-front shaping techniques to push the sensitivity of phase microscopy. In an interdisciplinary environment at the interface of physics and biology you will design and use your tools for live cell microscopy, as well as for the detection of single proteins.

    2. Electron optics made from light
    Electron microscopy has revolutionized our understanding of structural biology. While the technology is considered mature, the interaction of electrons with intense lasers recently opened new possibilities for electron optics. In your project you will use femtosecond laser pulses to shape the wave-front of an electron beam via shaped ponderomotive potentials. This will allow for a new class of electron optics of unprecedented versatility.

    The two experimental PhD positions are available within the framework of the ERC Starting Grant MicroMOUPE
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  • Open position with Prof. Jani Kotakoski
    In situ electron microscopy of 2D materials
    The main focus of the group is on the analysis and manipulation of the structure of low-dimensional materials (such as graphene and other two-dimensional systems) via aberration corrected transmission electron microscopy. The current research project is related to the influence of defects and temperature on out-of-plane corrugations, strain, and fracture characteristics of two-dimensional materials, observed at the atomic-resolution. The successful candidate is expected to take an independent role in designing the details of their PhD project.
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  • (2) Open position(s) with Prof. Thomas Pichler
    1. 1D, 2D and 3D Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)
    MOFs represent a new class of compounds that consist of metal nodes and organic ligands to form various nanostructures. Our project, in cooperation with TU Wien and J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry in Prague, aims to study quantum confinement effects in MOFs for optoelectronic and spintronic applications.
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    Link 3 Prague
    2. Advanced nanochemistry and nanospectroscopy in filled nanotubes
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  • Open position with Dr. Toma Susi
    Single-atom manipulation in the electron microscope 
    An experimental PhD position in the ERC Starting Grant project ATMEN. Despite more than fifty years of scientific progress since Richard Freynman's 1959 vision for nanotechnology, there is only one way to manipulate individual atoms in materials: scanning tunneling microscopy. Scanning transmission electron microscopy, on the other hand, has been able to resolve atoms only more recently by focusing the electron beam with sub-atomic precision. The scattering of the energetic imaging electrons was recently found to move a silicon impurity through the graphene lattice, revealing the potential for atomically precise manipulation using the Angström-sized elecron probe. To develop this into a practical technique, advances in heteroatom implantation and a concerted effort towards their characterization and manipulation are required. The ideal candidate is familiar with electron microscopy and/or ion implantation, but a strong background in material science or nanotechnology may suffice. 
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