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IST Fellowship Programme for Overseas Postdoctoral Applicants in Austria, 2018

Applications are invited for ISTFELLOW programme of two years appointments. Fellowship is awarded to qualified applicants from all over the world who are interested in spending the postdoctoral stage of their scientific research career at IST Austria.

The institute has set up a program for exceptional postdoctoral researchers, which is partially funded by the European Union, ISTFELLOW.



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The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is a young international institution in Klosterneuburg near Vienna that the basic scientific research and postgraduate training is dedicated to.


  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
  • Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing postdoctoral program at IST Austria.
  • Study Subject: The program is intended for postdocs interested in the areas that are represented by the faculty at IST Austria. As the research portfolio of the Institute continues to branch out into other areas in the coming years, including physics, chemistry, and mathematics, so will the ISTFELLOW program. At all times, in keeping with the spirit of the Institute, ISTFELLOW will give preference to scientists who have a strong interest in cross-disciplinary approaches.
  • Award:  IST plus fellows receive 2-year, full time employment contracts with an internationally competitive salary and full social security coverage. In addition to this salary, every ISTPlus fellow will receive at the beginning of their fellowship a single paid relocation allowance amounting to EUR 2.000. Furthermore, a single additional allowance of EUR 1.000 is paid to researchers with families.

    Research Environment
    The ISTplus program offers a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment. Research group leaders are at the forefront of their respective fields and have been decorated with many awards and grants for their scientific achievements, among them more than 30 ERC grants. Labs are equipped with cutting-edge instrumentation and Scientific Service Units offer facilities and know-how on an international level.

    Beyond academia
    IST Austria established a network of partners from non-academic institutions in industry and the public sector. Opportunities for paid “intersectoral” internships are part of the ISTPlus program.  For information on organizations that have already declared an interest in working with ISTplus postdocs please visit our external partners page.

    Career Development
    Workshops related to career development and transferable skills are available to ISTplus fellows. Career counseling is also available to ISTplus postdocs.

    Family Services
    IST Austria has an onsite daycare.  Reserving a spot in the daycare is subject to availability.

    Depending upon availability, a room in the on-campus guesthouse or apartments can be rented, giving incoming postdocs time to find more permanent accommodation.

    The official language of the institute is English. In order to help fellows integrate in the host country, IST offers German-language courses on campus.

  • Number of Awards: The indicative number of foreseen fellowships to be funded is 12 for each Call, unless otherwise announced.
  • Nationality: International Students
  • The award can be taken in Austria


  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from all over the world can apply for the fellowships.
  • Entrance Requirements:
    • Applicants must fulfill the Marie Curie mobility requirements in order to be selected.  Applicants must either be relocating to Austria or, if they currently live in Austria or have previously lived in Austria, candidates are only eligible if they have been in Austria for a total of less than 12 months during the 3 years previous to the deadline of the respective Call.
      • Before issuing of a contract of employment by IST Austria, successful applicants may be required to provide official evidence of their eligibility (e.g. work contracts, utility bills, visa stamps, etc.)
    • You must have formally completed all requirements of your PhD and provide a copy of your diploma prior to the start of your employment (which cannot be later than 5 months after the fellowship offer is issued).
    • Your proposed research must match with the research carried out on campus.
    • Postdocs who are already employed at IST Austria are not eligible to apply.
    • All applications must include the ethics self-assessment form to be considered eligible.
  • English Language Requirements:  Candidates must be proficient in written and oral English. Applicants can submit TOEFL/IELTS and GRE scores. The IST Austria TOEFL code is 6384.

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Application Procedure:

How to Apply: The mode of application is online.

Supporting Material: In addition to the application for the opportunity , the applicant must submit the following documents:-
Step 1: Create an account
Register online by entering name and e-mail address using the link above. Applicant will immediately receive an e-mail with the link to their user account.
Step 2: Confirm registration
Step 3: Recommendation letters
Enter the names and e-mail addresses of 3 referees who have taught or collaborated with them or followed or supervised their work and are therefore able to evaluate their academic and research performance. They will receive an e-mail directly from us with the subject “IST Austria – Request for Letter of Recommendation” with a link to an online platform. Before submitting their referees’ details, please make sure that they are willing and available to provide their recommendation within the respective deadline. Keep in mind that their recommenders need time to write and submit the letters.
-Please note that they will not be allowed to upload scanned letters of recommendation themself. All letters of recommendation must be submitted by their referees via this platform.
Please also note that we are unable to process their application without letters of recommendation. These letters are an integral part of their application, and it is their responsibility to ensure that all letters of reference are submitted by the respective deadline.
Step 4: Application form
In this step they will need to submit a resume/CV, university transcripts, a research statement, and an ethics table. Institute recommend that they compose their CV and research statement using a word processor, and then “cut and paste” them into the application. Institute will also be able to upload the documents in PDF format.
Make sure that they fill in all fields (resume, research statement). If they would like to upload documents in the next step, please make sure that applicant tick the appropriate box. Once they have moved on to the next step, they will not be able to return and make changes.
In their resume/CV, include their educational history since high school, relevant work experience, additional qualifications, list of publications (if any), scholarships, awards, etc.
The research statement is a 2- to 3-page essay outlining and motivating the planned research, its goals and general significance. They do not need to give  specific timelines and milestones, however. IST Austria is an Institute for basic research and its scientists are free to adjust their research plan in whatever direction they deem most promising.
IST professors or assistant professors will confirm whether or not the planned research can be carried out with the resources and facilities available at the Institute.
An ethics check table needs to be filled in by each applicant. If the applicant answered YES to one of the questions on the checklist, s/he shall briefly describe the ethical aspects of the proposed research project.
Supporting Documents
Upload PDF copies of their university transcripts and diploma certificates. All applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent or anticipate the completion of the degree before the respective start date. If their current course of study is still on-going, please provide the latest transcript and state when they expect to receive their degree.
In this step, they will also be able to upload additional supporting documents such as publications, TOEFL/IELTS and GRE scores. As the official language of the Institute is English, these documents are helpful, but not mandatory.  The IST Austria TOEFL code is 6384.
Step 6: Submit their application
The deadline for submission are the 15th of September and the 15th of March, 24:00 CET. Once they have submitted their application, they will not be able to make changes. At this stage, they will be able to track the status of the letters of reference, and, if need be, are able to send out reminder e-mails.

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