Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Apr 2024

22 Feb 2024
Job Information

Austrian Academy of Sciences,The Space Research Institute (IWF)
Research Field

Astronomy » Astrophysics
Researcher Profile

Recognised Researcher (R2)

Application Deadline

30 Apr 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
Type of Contract

To be defined
Job Status

Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description


Job ID: IWF017AS124

The Space Research Institute ( IWF ) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW ) , Austria’s leading non-university research and science institution, is offering a position as an


Academy Scientist (f/m/x)

in Satellite Laser Ranging & Space Safety

(full-time, 40h per week)


with tenure-track option.


We invite ambitious candidates who are interested in technology development for new and existing fields of satellite laser ranging (SLR) & space safety at the IWF. We strive for a tight link between SLR technology development / operation and scientific activities in the frame of space safety and ecology. New Machine Learning (ML) software technology should be considered for future development.


Your profile:

  • PhD in experimental physics or instrumental astrophysics
  • Experiences in the development of laser systems and/or photonics systems in SLR application
  • Successful integration of optical systems for laser ranging operation
  • Experiences with telescope/observatory operation and electronics development in the field of SLR
  • Track-record in
    • project and people management,
    • leading role(s) in SLR related subunit development, and/or
    • development of innovative SLR related hardware (e.g. photonics) and/or software (e.g. ML methods) technologies
  • Experience in deriving science output from SLR observations


Your tasks:

  • Strengthening the leading position of the IWF Graz as SLR institution
  • Supporting an existing research group with focus on SLR technology development and operation with a direct link to the IWF’s aspiration to contribute to the theme of space safety & space ecology
  • New developments and research in accordance with the scientific core activities of IWF
  • Managerial support (jointly with senior engineers of the research group) for existing projects (incl., big data SL projects, attitude determination) and collaborations (incl., ILRS, SDLR)
  • Proposal writing and reporting of projects in technology development
  • Coordination of the group’s activities to fulfil schedule requirements
  • Supervision of group members and publication activities


The appointment begins as early as July 01st 2024 for initially 4 years with tenure-track option. We offer an annual gross salary of € 66.501,40 which may be adjusted according to the level of experience according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.


Applications must include a cover letter in addition to (1) curriculum vitae, (2) list of publications, (3) statement of relevant past experience (max 2 page), (4) a research & development plan (max 2 pages), (5) certificates for full academic record, and (6) two references letters.


Please send the application as one PDF file (Job ID: IWF017AS124) to [email protected] no later than 30th, April 2024. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Cosima Muck.


The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity. Individuals from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


Research Field
Astronomy » Astrophysics
Education Level
PhD or equivalent

Additional Information
Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
The Space Research Institute (IWF)

Where to apply

[email protected]




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