Institute of Science and Technology Austria

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The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) is a PhD-granting research institute located in Klosterneuburg, 18 km from the centre of Vienna. ISTA opened in 2009 and will grow to 90 research groups by 2026. The institute is dedicated to cutting-edge research in life sciences, physics, mathematics, and computer science. ISTA recruits its scientists worldwide and selects them exclusively on the basis of research excellence and promise.

Open positions are available at the intern, PhD student, postdoc, and faculty levels. For more information visit:

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