University Assistant (PhD position)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: PartTime
Deadline: 28 May 2021

Start date/duration
  • as soon as possible
  • for 4 years

Job profile:

The Department of Experimental Physics  at the University of Innsbruck  seeks to fill a PhD student position in the Photonics Research Group  (Prof. Weihs) as soon as possible. This “university assistant” position is initially for 20 hours per week, will be extended to 30 hours per week after you submit your dissertation proposal and is limited to 4 years. The University of Innsbruck offers a world-class, competitive scientific environment in the fields of quantum optics and quantum information. The Photonics Group  focuses on photonic integrated circuits and semiconductor nanostructures for quantum optics and quantum communications tasks.

Main tasks:

In this position, you are expected to pursue research towards your PhD thesis in the area of quantum interferometry in quantum photonic integrated circuits. In addition, you will have some teaching duties, tutor students, help with administrative tasks and run outreach activities. Half of your working time is reserved for your thesis work.

Job requirements:
  • Master's degree in physics
  • Good command of English language, willingness to learn German
  • Knowledge and experience in experimental quantum optics ideally with waveguides and interferometers
  • Experience in working with lasers
  • Ability to work in a team, creative problem solving and communication skills


For this position, the minimum gross salary is 1468 EUR/month for 20 h/week and 2229/month for 30 h/week, respectively, always paid 14 times per year. Furthermore, the university offers numerous attractive corporate employee benefits .

Application documents:

Your application may be submitted in German or English and should include (ideally in a single pdf file)

  • a motivation letter,
  • your detailed CV including the contact information of at least two references,
  • reference letters,
  • transcripts and certificates, and
  • a thesis concept (5 pages max.).


We are looking forward to receiving your online application.

The full, legally binding call for application (in German) including the salary can be found here:

The University of Innsbruck is committed to raising the quota of female employees and therefore explicitly welcomes applications from qualified female scientists. In the case of female underrepresentation women with equal qualifications will be given priority.

In accordance with Austrian disability laws qualified people with special requirements are expressly encouraged to apply for jobs. For more information please contact the trusted representative for scientists with a disability at the University of Innsbruck, Dr. Adolf Sandbichler.

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