Open PhD positions
Application procedure


 Why join DK-ALM

  • The PhD students are given the opportunity to work in the forefront of science in atomic, molecular and optical physics and train in a highly collaborative setting of 28 physics PHD students in a 4 years PhD programme
  • Topics include chemical physics, astrophysics, ultracold atoms,  high-resolution spectroscopy, quantum optics, quantum information, quantum many body systems, machine learning.
  • The physics research area in Innsbruck is a very international place. About 50% of the PhD students are coming from abroad.
  • Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with several faculty members and will receive individual supervision by a thesis committee.
  • The Doctoral Programme is committed to increase the percentage of female employees in science and therefore explicitly invites women to apply.
  • Successful candidates will become employees of the University with full social security coverage under Austrian national law. The gross salary for these positions will be about 30,800 €/year.
  • All PhD students are granted scientific visits abroad from Austria for 6 months to build and strengthen international collaborations.

How to apply

Applications are accepted in English as a single PDF document including

  • a detailed CV
  • a motivation letter
  • all master certificates and undergraduate level certificates including a diploma supplement with a list of courses and grades
  • a list of previous scientific experiences and skills
  • a synopsis of the diploma/master thesis
  • a list of publications, talks and poster presentations at conferences.

Please submit this PDF document (filename: firstname_lastname.pdf) by email to dk-alm@uibk.ac.at. Incomplete applications may not be considered. The size of the document cannot exceed 10 MB.

Additionally, the candidates are required to organize two letters of recommendation of two experienced scientists. These letters have to be sent separately by the recommending persons to dk-alm@uibk.ac.at

Applications are accepted until all positions are filled.


Candidates for the PhD positions should have obtained or will obtain a diploma or master´s degree in physics or neighboring disciplines and have to fulfill the official requirements for PhD students of the University of Innsbruck.* The main communication language is English. The candidates are selected based on their academic excellence, their commitment to science, their communication skills and their social competence. Students from all nationalities will be considered for recruiting based on equal selection criteria. Students from EU/EAA member states and Switzerland coming to Austria need a valid passport to enter the country, to study and to work. The VISA requirements for students from other countries can be found here.


The DK also encourages applicants from countries/universities, where a Master degree is usually not part of the curriculum, as for example in many US-American study programmes. In this case the terms of admission will be evaluated individually with strong support from the DK-ALM scientific management.

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