Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)

Forscherin im Labor © Nadine Poncioni

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Faculties and programmes

Biology | Computer Science | Data Science & Scientific Computing | Physics | Neuroscience | Mathematics


The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is looking for highly qualified candidates to apply for the ISTA PhD programme. We offer fully-funded PhD positions in the natural and mathematical sciences in a world-class research environment. Our PhD programme is characterised by innovative training with a special focus on interdisciplinarity, close mentoring by outstanding faculty within small research groups, and access to first-rate facilities. Students spend the first year completing coursework and rotations before choosing a thesis group and passing the qualifying exam. Our PhD graduates have gone on to top positions in academia and industry all over the world. Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field are encouraged to apply. We offer internationally competitive salaries, full health benefits, and subsidised on-campus housing in the first year. The language of research and instruction is English. All interested students must apply for the doctoral programme by January 8 for a start date in September. For more information about the ISTA PhD programme and application process as well as faculty profiles please visit our website at