Open positions in VDS Physics


The Vienna Doctoral School in Physics offers doctoral training across all key research areas of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Vienna. You can apply to the program all year around. In order to start your PhD at the University of Vienna, you need to find a supervisor who can offer you a position.

Currently, we offer the following positions

Quantum Nanophysics
(Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Arndt)

1. Optical Charge Control & Quantum Detection of Proteins
In 2019, the European Commission has granted the new FET Open project Superconducting Mass Spectrometry and Molecule Analysis (SuperMaMa). The SuperMaMa consortium is a highly interdisciplinary team combining technology-intense SMEs in mass spectrometry (MSVISION) and superconductor detector technology (SQ) as well as three university research labs specialized in integrated electronic engineering (EPFL), synthetic and biomolecular chemistry (UNIBAS), as well as molecular beam physics, quantum optics and mass spectrometry techniques (UNIVIE). The project is coordinated by Markus Arndt at the University of Vienna. We aim at developing at quantum detectors for biomolecular mass spectrometry as well as bond-specific photo-cleavage as a technique for optical charge control of proteins in the gas phase. These tools are important for a growing industry in molecule mass and optical spectroscopy and they will lay the ground for new quantum optics experiments with proteins.

2. 5D Cooling & Quantum Optics with Dielectric Nanoparticles
This work builds on our recent progress and publications , including the launch and control of silicon nanorods in optical fields. Aim of the experiments will be to cool the motion of these particles using active feedback and cavity cooling to prepare them for quantum experiments.

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Quantum Materials and Quantum Modelling
(Univ. Prof. Dr. Cesare Franchini)

3. Quantum Surface
The aim of this PhD project is to study the surface properties of quantum  paralelectric perovskites SrTiO3 and KTaO3 by means of first principles electronic structure schemes. The research will be conducted in close collaboration with the experimental surface science group @ TU Wien (Martin Setvin) and is granted by the Austrian Science Funds  within the project SUPER ("Surface science of bulk-terminated cubic perovskite oxides)". The motivated applicants with Master degree and good qualifications in ab initio surface science and/or ab initio polar materials will be considered.

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Quantum Imaging and Biophysics
(Ass. Prof. Dr. Thomas Juffmann) 

4. 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.

5. 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.

These two experimental PhD positions are available within the framework of the ERC Starting Grant MicroMOUPE. 

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Low Dimensional Quantum Solids
(Univ. Prof. Dr. Thomas Pichler)

6. 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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7. Advanced nanochemistry and nanospectroscopy in filled nanotubes
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Nanomaterials and -technology
(Ass.-Prof. Dr. Toma Susi)

8. Single-atom manipulation in the electron microscope
Scanning transmission electron microscopy is now able to resolve atoms by focusing the electron beam with sub-atomic precision. We discovered that the scattering of the energetic imaging electrons can move covalently bound impurities through the graphene lattice, revealing the potential for atomically precise manipulation using the electron probe. To develop this into a practical technique, the ERC Starting Grant project ATMEN advances heteroatom implantation, characterization and manipulation. The ideal candidate is familiar with electron microscopy and/or ion implantation, but a strong background in experimental materials science or nanotechnology may suffice.

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