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Job description 

15 PhD fellowship positions (11 already taken/4 avilable in the 3nd call) are organized in the international Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND PhD programme "Dynamics of Complex Continua" (DOCC) at University of Innsbruck in Austria.

The third call is open to highly qualified ESR who wish to obtain a doctoral degree in one of the research areas covered by the programme: mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering.

We offer an excellent research environment and high-level training, which benefits from the interdisciplinary team of group leaders from ten departments contributing to teaching, co-supervision and international networking. DOCC fellows will work in a stimulating international and interdisciplinary research environment, with an individual mentoring programme that will provide an excellent basis for a future career in academia or industry.

Working conditions and entitlements

  • Employment contract for 3 years (i.e. the duration to pursue PhD related research work).
  • The PhD research should preferably start between between January and March 2020, or as soon as possible after.
  • Salary will be around 40'103 EUR gross per year (susceptible to taxes) for 40 hour/week employment (in accordance with the binding Austrian collective employment agreement, and the EU MSCA COFUND regulations).
  • All PhD fellows will be liable to full medical and social contributions according to the Austrian federal legislation, implying a retirement scheme and (partly paid) parental leave. Taxes are to be paid according to Austrian laws. (See external link: gross net calculator)
  • The contracts will meet the national requirements, laws and regulations, including full social security coverage and other benefits such as occupational health and accident insurance, unemployment insurance, annual, sickness, parental and special leave, as well as employer’s contributions to pension funds.
  • Fellows will receive the same further social benefits as other UIBK employees, as for example, discounts for use of the university's sports centre facilities, or a 40% discount on annual tickets of the Innsbruck public transport services.
  • International applicants will receive organisational support in terms of housing service, resident permit, etc.

Employment conditions

  • National subjects of non-EU states have to possess a valid residence permit, respectively a work permit.  Applicants can seek advice and assistance at the Project Service Office.
  • Researcher from the EU or EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway) as well as Switzerland have freedom of establishment.
  • For trans-national incoming researchers the EURAXESS Austria Contact Point at UIBK (the International Relations Office) provides service and support with respect to entry conditions and visa  (https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/information/centres/university-innsbruck).

Ensuring equal opportunities

The DOCC programme is committed to equal opportunity for all applicants, who will be judged solely by merits and competence, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, religious belief or disability, following a fair recruitment process in compliance with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Measures to improve gender balance among ESR in the DOCC fields:

The University of Innsbruck is well aware of the underrepresentation of women in natural and engineering sciences at all higher levels. All gender related matter will be tuned closely with the Office for Equal Opportunities. A gender-sensitive employment strategy will be implemented in order to guarantee a significantly higher number of female ESR within the project than the present averages in the participating research fields. We will specifically disseminate the calls also on targeted portals for female scientists. Female applicants will be favoured in case of equal qualification to compensate for the existing imbalance.

A representative of the university's Equality Office will be consulted and involved to ensure equal treatment and support during the selection process and during employment. For complaints about working conditions, the applicants may refer to the Arbitration Commissions of the university or the equal opportunities task groups.

University gender action plan: maternity / parental leave and childcare:

UIBK has highly active and well-developed gender mainstreaming programmes, and pursues a well-structured gender action plan. The DOCC programme enables (partly paid) maternity leave, respective flexible working hours and handling of contingent thesis submission delays, as well as access to Family Services such as own childcare facilities.

Services for disabled applicants and fellows:

The university's Office for the Disabled is committed to support and represent the interest of disabled or chronically ill students, and to further the equality and inclusion by implementing the disability policy of the university. The office also offers help on any questions, and individual and need-oriented consultation to disabled students.

Researchers at risk:

The DOCC programme also welcomes applications from any researchers at risk, in particular from talented refugee ESR with an appropriate university degree and interest in the fields of the programme. Their applications (depending on work permit) will be treated on the same basis as non-refugee applicants. For refugees under the Geneva Convention, the duration of the refugee procedure will not be counted as a period of residence in Austria.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 847476.

Co-funded by the European Union

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