At the University of Vienna more than 10,000 personalities work together towards answering the big questions of the future. Around 7,500 of them do research and teaching, around 2,900 work in administration and organisation. We are looking for a/an


Senior Scientist


52 Faculty of Chemistry

Job vacancy starting: 08/01/2024 | Working hours: 40,00 | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)

Limited contract until: 07/31/2027

Job ID: 2209


Among the many reasons to research and teach at the University of Vienna there is one in particular, which has convinced around 7,500 academic staff members so far. They see themselves as personalities who need space for continuous striving for top international research and scientific excellence. At the same time they enjoy support and liberties that are not a given at other institutions. Does that sound like something for you? Welcome to our team!


Your personal sphere of play:

The group of Prof. Backus at the Institute of Physical Chemistry studies structure and dynamics of molecular processes. We apply static and time-resolved vibrational spectroscopic methods.

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a Senior Scientist. The position is initially for a period of 3 years with the possibility of permanent employment. The position is dedicated to extend the research focus of the Backus' department in the context of laser spectroscopy into new directions.


Your future tasks:

Active participation in research, teaching, and administration, which means:

• Contributing to research projects and scientific studies in the field of interfacial chemistry and spectroscopy

• Developing an independent research profile

• Possibility to write a habilitation thesis

• International publications and presentations

• Acquire third-party funding

• Independently conducting teaching activities within the scope of collective bargaining regulations

• Supervision of students

• Involvement in administrative tasks in research and teaching

• Responsibility for the laser safety of the Institute


This is part of your personality:

• PhD in chemistry or physics and at least 3 years PostDoc experience

• Experience in working with femtosecond lasers and building/constructing setups

• An excellent background in vibrational spectroscopy with a focus on nonlinear optical processes

• Excellent command of written and spoken English and German

• Ability to work independently and collaboratively

• Publications in renowned, subject-relevant peer-reviewed journals

• Presentations at international conferences

• Successful in third-party funding application is an advantage

• Teaching experience

• Desirable qualifications are: Knowledge of university processes and structures, experience abroad and experience of supervising students


What we offer:

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours, remote/hybrid and/or part-time work (upon agreement).

Inspiring working atmosphere: You are a part of an international academic team in a healthy and fair working environment.

Good public transport connections: Your workplace in the center of beautiful Vienna is easily accessible by public transport.

Internal further training & Coaching: Opportunity to deepen your skills on an ongoing basis. There are over 600 courses to choose from – free of charge.

Fixed-term contract and fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 4,351.90 (14 times a year for senior scientists postdoctoral) for a period of 3 years increases, if we can credit professional experience.

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


It is that easy to apply:

• Letter of motivation including a short description of research interests

• Academic CV

• List of publications

• Evidence of teaching experience

• Certificate of PhD

• Contact details of potential references

• Via our job portal/ Apply now - button


If you have any content questions, please contact:

Eleonora Hendrika Gertruda Mezger-Backus



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 senior and in academic positions among the academic and general university staff and therefore expressly encourage qualified women to apply. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female candidates.


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Application deadline: 04/15/2024


Physical Chemistry / Experience in working with femtosecond lasers and building/constructing setups




15. April 2024


Brigitte Schwarz

Univ.Prof. Eleonora Hendrika Gertruda Mezger-Backus

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