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Position of a University Professor of Computational Material Discovery at Vienna University  (Created: 2018-11-20)

At the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna the position of a University Professor of Computational Material Discovery (full time, permanent position; in case of a first-time appointment to a professorship, the appointment may be initially limited – with an extension option) is to be filled.

To Strengthen the group Computational Materials Physics, the Faculty of Physics seeks an excellent candidate with a strong background in the computationally driven discovery and design of new materials. The new professorship will complement the existing group members, by providing a link between data science and materials science. The candidate should have a proven record in the application of ab initio density functional theory and large-scale data acquisition. Specifically, expertise in one of the following areas is desirable: (i) Unleash the potential of and discover hidden relationships in big databases created from high throughput first principles simulations. (ii) Design machine learning algorithms to accelerate materials research using first principles methods. (iii) Develop multiscale methods to bridge the length and time scales accessible from first principles to those required to model mesoscopic properties relevant for applications.

Successful candidates should have the following qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree/PhD and post-doctoral experience at a university or other research institution
  • Habilitation (venia docendi) in a subject field relevant to this position or an internationally accepted equivalent qualification is desirable
  • Outstanding achievements in research, excellent publication record, international reputation
  • Experience in designing, procuring and managing research projects, as well as the willingness and ability to lead research groups
  • Enthusiasm for excellent teaching, teaching experience at universities as well as the ability and willingness to teach students in all phases of their studies
  • (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level), to supervise academic theses and to promoting young academic colleagues

Applications in English should be submitted by e-mail to the Dean of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna, ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Fally, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna (

Reference no.: 5e-30/2018

The application deadline is 7 January 2019.

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