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ISTA-Fellow Postdoctoral Program

Institute of Science and Technology Austria
Klosterneuburg, Austria
min 69,000 €/year (entry level)
Posting live until
25 May 2024

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The call for applications for the ISTA-Fellow Postdoctoral Program is open!

Are you eager to make a substantial contribution to the advancement of science? Are you looking for other outstanding scientists to learn from and work with? Is a highly interdisciplinary and international research environment appealing to you?

The ISTA-Fellow program at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria offers fully funded (two-year) postdoctoral fellowships (10+ positions) for highly qualified candidates who have completed or will soon complete their PhD or equivalent in chemistry, data and computer science, earth and astrosciences, life sciences, mathematics, and physics.

The application deadline is June 12, 2024 (14:00 CEST)

Proposals are invited in the following fields: Biology; Neuroscience; Physics; Chemistry; Computer Science; Data Science; Mathematics; Earth Science; Astronomy; and related disciplines


  • 2-year, fully-funded postdoctoral position;
  • State of the art facilities and interdisciplinary institutional design;
  • Mentorship from world-leading scientists across multiple fields International environment (English as working language);
  • Career Development Office to prepare you for your next career steps  .

For more information, please visit our website at

If you have questions regarding the ISTA-Fellow program, please do not hesitate to contact us via


All research fields supported at ISTA will be eligible (see

At the date of the deadline, applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent) or anticipate the completion of their PhD degree before the start of their fellowship (which should not be later than ~7 months post-deadline – see guide for applicants). A fellowship contract will not be issued until a copy of the diploma/proof of successful defense is provided.

Researchers already employed at ISTA at the call deadline are not eligible to apply.  


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The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is a PhD-granting international institute dedicated to cutting-edge research in mathematical and physical sciences, life sciences, and information and system sciences. ISTA is situated in proximity to Vienna, consistently ranked among the most livable cities worldwide. 

Why join us
ISTA offers a thriving international and interdisciplinary research environment with English as the working language. State-of-the-art facilities and scientific support services provide scientists with the necessary resources to push the boundaries of scientific discovery.

ISTA’s PhD program encompasses a unique blend of interdisciplinary coursework and research group rotations, attracting scholars from diverse international backgrounds. Students work closely with outstanding faculty within small research groups.

A postdoctoral position offers early-career scientists a valuable opportunity for professional growth. At ISTA, you can prioritize what matters most: conducting high-level fundamental research.

A collaborative atmosphere, generous funding and tailored career support enable professors to establish and lead successful research groups.  

Training and development
PhD students receive support through mentorship and career-development programmes, which focus on training in transferable skills for academia and beyond. They also receive financial support to attend scientific conferences and workshops during their studies.

Postdocs interact closely with colleagues from different fields through joint projects and events, and develop the skills necessary for their next career steps through career-development training and workshops.

Tailored leadership and career-development programmes are available for research group leaders.

What we are looking for
Students with a Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in science are encouraged to apply for our PhD programme. All students are offered five-year employment contracts.

Highly qualified candidates who have recently completed their PhD or equivalent in the natural or computer sciences, mathematics, or any related discipline are welcome to apply for our full-time postdoctoral positions.

Assistant professors at ISTA are independent group leaders with an initial contract of six years. A positive evaluation at the end of this period leads to promotion to the tenured professor position.

Tenured professor candidates are distinguished scientists in their respective research fields and typically have at least six years of experience in leading a research group.

Klosterneuburg, Austria

Number of researchers
150 research groups (approx. 1500 scientists) by 2036

Positions recently recruited for
We have recruited to a variety of positions across research fields and job levels

Desired degree disciplines/class
From interns to trainees, from students to graduates, from PhD to postdoc, from postdoc to faculty – all in a wide variety of specializations

How to apply
Please find information on and

Closing date
All year round – special deadlines for various programmes as advertised on our website

Tel +43 2243 9000

Company info
+43 2243 9000
Am Campus 1
3400 Klosterneuburg

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