The University of Vienna is a cosmopolitan hub for more than 10,000 employees, of whom around 7,500 work in research and teaching. They want to do research and teach at a place that suits their ideas and work together towards answering the big questions of the future. You also appreciate the exchange between disciplines, cultures and generations? We are looking for a/an


University Assistant postdoctoral


52 Faculty of Chemistry

Job vacancy starting: 07/01/2024 | Working hours: 40,00 | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc)

Limited contract until: 06/30/2027

Job ID: 2155


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 PostDoc for 3 years. The position is dedicated to study the structure and dynamics of water in contact with mineral interfaces both relevant for understanding atmospherically processes and for geochemistry. As such, active contribution to research is expected.


Your future tasks:

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

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

• International publications and presentations

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

• Involvement in administrative tasks in research and teaching.

This is part of your personality:

• PhD in chemistry or physics

• Experience in vibrational spectroscopy and/or with molecular systems relevant for the position

• Excellent command of written and spoken English and German

• Ability to work independently and collaboratively

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


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 4,752,30 (14 times a year) 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:

• With your letter of motivation including a short description of research interests

• With your scientific curriculum vitae

• With your list of publications

• Doctoral Degree

• Contact details of persons who could provide referece letters

• 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

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