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University assistant predoctoral


52 Faculty of Chemistry

Job vacancy starting: 03/01/2024 | Working hours: 30,00 | Classification CBA: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc)

Limited contract until: 02/29/2028

Job ID: 1861


You will apply advanced simulation methods to study the dynamic properties of organic frameworks. This task requires an in-depth understanding of molecular interactions and relevant simulation methods. You will develop and optimize models to simulate the behavior of these complex systems under different conditions. The analysis of the data includes the evaluation of the structural, thermodynamic and mechanical properties of the organic frameworks. You will use methods of data analysis and visualization to gain deep insights into the systems being studied. An essential part of your work will be comparing your simulation results with experimental data. This requires collaboration with international experimental chemists and physicists to establish a comprehensive correlation between the simulated and experimental spectroscopic data. They will analyse differences and similarities and draw conclusions for improving the models and methods. You will summarize your findings in scientific articles and present them at conferences. This requires excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively share your research findings with the scientific community and other stakeholders.


Your personal sphere of influence:

As a University Assistant Praedoc, you will strengthen the research team led by Prof. Christian Schröder at the Institute of Computational Biological Chemistry and investigate the heterogeneous structure and dynamics of different liquids in organic frameworks using polarizable molecular dynamics simulations. The focus of our research is on the computer-aided calculation of various types of spectroscopy, such as NMR, dielectric spectroscopy or IR. We are experts in the simulation of ionic liquids and their properties. We are a very small, family-like working group, so you will be looked after individually.


Your future tasks:

You actively participate in research, teaching, and administration, which means:

• You contribute to research projects and scientific studies in the field of computer-aided spectroscopy.

• You further develop corresponding analyses.

• You independently conduct polarizable molecular dynamics simulations. If necessary, you optimize the corresponding force fields to come as close as possible to the experimental results.

• You participate in international projects and present your results internationally (e.g. at conferences).

• We expect you to complete your dissertation agreement within 12-18 months.

• You work on your dissertation and its completion.

• You independently conduct teaching activities within the scope of collective bargaining regulations.

• You take on administrative tasks in research & teaching.


This is part of your personality:

• Master's degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, or a related field.

• Demonstrated experience in conducting polarizable molecular dynamics simulations.

• Ability to interpret and analyze spectroscopic data.

• Advanced programming skills in Python.

• Experience in scientific teaching is desirable.

• Good knowledge of German (B2) is advantageous, as teaching at the bachelor's level is also required.


What we offer:

The employment duration is 4 years. Initially limited to 1.5 years, the employment relationship is automatically extended to 4 years if the employer does not terminate it within the first 12 months by submitting a non-extension declaration.

Work-life balance: Our employees enjoy flexible working hours and can partially work remotely.

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 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.

Fair salary: The basic salary of EUR 3277,30 (on a full-time basis) increases if we can credit professional experience.

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

Additionally, we offer short-term missions ranging from 1 to 3 months at our international partner institutions, providing an excellent opportunity to expand your professional experience and network in an international context.


It is that easy to apply:

• With your scientific curriculum vitae / letter of intent

• With your summary of research interests / ideas for a prospective doctoral project proposal (max. X p.)

• Master Degree / Diploma

• Via our job portal/ Apply now - button


If you have any questions, please contact:

Christian Schröder christian.schroeder(at)


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: 02/12/2024

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