University Assistant (post doc)

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Deadline: 30 Jun 2023

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The University of Vienna (20 faculties and centres, 184 fields of study, approx. 10.400 members of staff, about 90.000 students) seeks to fill the position as soon as possible of a

University Assistant (post doc)
at  the Department of Theoretical Chemistry

Reference number : 14087
General Description (research group)
Our research ( is driven by understanding chemical phenomena using contemporary computational and theoretical methods. In particular, we employ ab initio quantum chemistry to understand relationships between structure and function but we also develop chemical dynamics methods to model and predict chemical and photochemical process of complex systems and to control chemical reactions using light.
Duration of employment: 3 year/s

Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement : §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.
Job Description:
A Postdoc position is available for an early stage researcher at the University of Vienna, Austria, in the field of developing methods for excited state chemistry and chemical dynamics on hybrid quantum computers.
The possibility to do an Habilitation is given.
Besides research, this position includes teaching according to the collective agreement as well as supervision of students. The candidate is expected to teach courses at undergraduate level (English or German).
This is a 3 year postdoc position with the option to extend it for a further 3 years after a successful internal interim evaluation.

A PhD in Theoretical Chemistry or Molecular Physics or a related field of research.
Experience in quantum chemistry and/or nonadiabatic dynamics development and interest in application of quantum algorithms, using quantum simulators or/and quantum computers for quantum chemistry.

Knowledge on software development kits for quantum computing like IBM’s QISKIT, Google’s Cirq and OpenFermion or Microsoft’s Q
Good programming skills, especially in Python and/or C/C++/Fortran
Strong motivation to work in an inter-disciplinary environment at the interface of theoretical chemistry/quantum computing and computer science
Excellent verbal and written English communication skills.
Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
Application documents
- Letter of motivation - Academic curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, a list of courses and a list of talks given) - Description of research interests - Contact details of people who could provide a letter of reference

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fields Importance

Theoretical chemistry MUST


Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance

Chemistry Theoretical chemistry MUST


Language level Importance

Very good knowledge SHOULD

Excellent knowledge MUST


Type of computer skills
Specified computer skills  Importance

Programming language

Operating system knowledge
Linux MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( ) no later than 30.06.2023, mentioning reference number 
For further information please contact Schett, Monika +43-1-4277-52751, Gonzalez Herrero, Leticia +43-1-4277-52750, Oppel, Markus +43-1-4277-52752.
The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( ). The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.
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