University Assistant (PhD position)

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    University of Innsbruck
    PhysicsQuantum mechanics
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    11/06/2021 00:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Austria › Innsbruck
    20 hours per week; will be increased to 30 hours per week once the dissertation agreement has been signed


Start date/duration

  • as soon as possible
  • for 4 years

Job profile:

The Department of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck seeks to fill a PhD student position in the Photonics Research Group (Prof. Weihs) as soon as possible. This “university assistant” position is initially for 20 hours per week, will be extended to 30 hours per week after you submit your dissertation proposal and is limited to 4 years. The University of Innsbruck offers a world-class, competitive scientific environment in the fields of quantum optics and quantum information. The Photonics Group focuses on photonic integrated circuits and semiconductor nanostructures for quantum optics and quantum communications tasks.

Main tasks:

In this position, you are expected to pursue research towards your PhD thesis in the area of quantum interferometry in quantum photonic integrated circuits. In addition, you will have some teaching duties, tutor students, help with administrative tasks and run outreach activities. Half of your working time is reserved for your thesis work.

Job requirements:

  • Master's degree in physics
  • Good command of English language, willingness to learn German
  • Knowledge and experience in experimental quantum optics ideally with waveguides and interferometers
  • Experience in working with lasers
  • Ability to work in a team, creative problem solving and communication skills


For this position, the minimum gross salary is 1468 EUR/month for 20 h/week and 2229/month for 30 h/week, respectively, always paid 14 times per year. Furthermore, the university offers numerous attractive corporate employee benefits.

Application documents:

Your application may be submitted in German or English and should include (ideally in a single pdf file)

  • a motivation letter,
  • your detailed CV including the contact information of at least two references,
  • reference letters,
  • transcripts and certificates, and
  • a thesis concept (5 pages max.).


We are looking forward to receiving your online application.

The full, legally binding call for application (in German) including the salary can be found here:

The University of Innsbruck is committed to raising the quota of female employees and therefore explicitly welcomes applications from qualified female scientists. In the case of female underrepresentation women with equal qualifications will be given priority.

In accordance with Austrian disability laws qualified people with special requirements are expressly encouraged to apply for jobs. For more information please contact the trusted representative for scientists with a disability at the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Adolf Sandbichler.

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What the University of Innsbruck offers:

From a company pension scheme, to flexible working hours and child care facilities the University of Innsbruck offers its employees a wide range of benefits which is being continuously extended.

Along with interesting oppurtunities for the participation in job-related and personal further education courses, and the succesful compatibility of career and family, employees can benefit from a large range of courses offered by the University Sports Institute (USI), the language courses offered by the ISI, the University Library and take advantage of the various canteens offering reasonably priced food.

A summary of the benefits for University employees can be found here: http://www.uibk.ac.at/universitaet/zusatzleistungen/

Additional comments

The University of Innsbruck as employer

Are you looking for a new challenge? The University of Innsbruck is a place of study, research and employment for more than 31.000 people. As one of the largest employers in Tyrol the University offers a varied and exciting field of activity for its employees from very diverse educational and professional backgrounds. The University explicitly welcomes diversity and is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. It is a certified family-friendly workplace and received the award 'Top workplace 2018' from the Austrian business magazine 'trend'.


At the University of Innsbruck researchers from all over the world come together. Depending on the individual scientific community the language used may be German, English or another (if unanimously decided).

Internal communication is in German. Therefore a basic knowledge of German or the willingness to acquire such knowledge is essential.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Department of Experimental Physics
Technikerstraße 25

EURAXESS offer ID: 637944
Posting organisation offer ID: MIP-11888


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