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Uni Wien - University Assistant (prae doc)  (Created: 2023-03-14)

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 from 01.04.2023 of a

University Assistant (prae doc)
at the Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information

Reference number: 13877

Professor Brukner’s group “Quantum Foundations and Quantum Information Theory” as part of Quantum Optics, Quantum Nanophysics and Quantum Information at the Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna is a team that exploits operational and information-theoretic tools to gain insights in the fields of quantum foundations, causality and gravity. For our further reinforcement, we are looking for a University Assistant (praedoc/PhD student).
In order to increase the percentage of women in Physics, the announced position is open to qualified female candidates only.
The announcement is made for four years, whereby the employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and is automatically extended to a total of four years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months.

Duration of employment: 4 year/s

Extent of Employment: 30 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
- Participation in research, teaching and administration:

- Participation in research projects / research studies

- Participation in publications / academic articles / presentations

- We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within 12-18 months.

- Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement

- Supervision of students

- Involvement in the organisation of meetings, conferences, symposiums

- Involvement in the department administration as well as in teaching and research administration

We expect the candidate to pursue her*his PhD thesis in theoretical quantum information and quantum foundations. The thesis is expected to focus on the new method of quantum reference frames and generalisations of its core concepts to special relativity, gravity and quantum fields. The successful candidate will work in cooperation with the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI-Vienna) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

- Professional competence: a master or diploma degree in physics and the experience in scientific work in the field of quantum foundations and quantum information.
- Methodological competence mastership of modern theoretical concepts and mathematical tools of quantum information, general relativity and quantum foundations.
- Didactic competence: motivated to teach and communicate knowledge to students
- High ability to express yourself both orally and in writing
- Excellent command of written and spoken English
- IT user skills
- Ability to work in a team

Desirable qualifications are
- Teaching experience / experience of working with e-learning
- Knowledge of university processes and structures
- Basic experience in research methods and academic writing
- Experience abroad

Application documents
- Letter of motivation
- Academic curriculum vitae
- List of publications, evidence of teaching experience (if available)
- Short doctoral project proposal
- Degree certificates

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Physics, Astronomy
Quantum optics MUST


Educational institution
Educational level Special subject Importance
Physics, Mechanics, Astronomy - MUST


Language level Importance
Very good knowledge MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be sumbitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 21.03.2023, mentioning reference number 

For further information please contact Paulovics, Verena +43-1-4277-51240.

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.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna
Reference number: 13877
Privacy Policy of the University of Vienna

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