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16 New PhD Positions for International Doctoral Students in Austria, 2020

Applicants are invited to apply for the  LogiCS doctoral program for the academic year 2020-21. This program is aimed at highly motivated students who want to work in the field of Logical Methods in Computer Science.

The LogiCS doctoral program is a PhD degree program funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and run jointly by the three Austrian universities TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Graz University of Technology and Johannes Kepler University Linz.

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Non-native English speakers need to ensure that their English proficiency meets the doctoral program’s requirements to fully benefit from their courses.

Scholarship Description:

  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2020
  • Course Level: Positions are available for pursuing PhD programme.
  • Study Subject: Positions are available to work in the following fundamental fields of computer science: Computational Logic (proof theory, computational complexity and automated deduction); Databases / Artificial Intelligence (applications of logic to databases and artificial intelligence); Verification (computer-aided verification, in particular, model checking)and Application domains such as security & privacy, cyber-physical systems, and distributed systems
  • Scholarship Award: The LogiCS program is funded by the Austrian Science Fund (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, FWF). In accordance with FWF regulations and the collective bargaining agreement of the Austrian universities, the doctoral students will be employed as a researcher at a yearly salary of EUR 21,284.48 after taxes and social/health insurance deductions (effective January 2017; the average Austrian salary over all age groups is EUR 20,543.00). There are additional salary supplements and tax deductions for families with children.
  • Nationalities: Applicants from all countries are eligible to apply.
  • Number of Scholarships: In the years 2018-2022, the doctoral college will admit 16 PhD students where 30% of the positions are reserved for female candidates.
  • Scholarship can be taken in Austria

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from all countries are eligible to apply.
  • Entrance Requirements: LogiCS invites applicants from all countries to apply. Candidates should hold an MSc or equivalent degree in Computer Science, Mathematics or related fields, and an excellent record of study. Candidates with comparable achievements (e.g., bachelor of honours) may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Previous knowledge in the areas of the doctoral college (computational logic, databases/AI, verification) is desirable but not required.
  • English Language Requirements: Non-native English speakers need to ensure that their English proficiency meets the doctoral program’s requirements to fully benefit from their courses. The doctoral program encourages applicants to provide the following tests/scores for English language qualifications:
    TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based, 217 computer-based or 81 internet-based
    IELTS score 6.0 or higher
    CAE score B or higher
    However, command of the English language can be proven in many ways, depending on a student’s prior education. To this end, students should hand in any language certificates, diplomas, etc. as a part of the application documents. Applicants’ adequate command of the English language will also be assessed during the application interviews.

Application Procedure:

  • Email your filled out application form, together with all required application documents. The subject must be DKLOGICS. Attach 2 separate PDF files as follows:
  • Evidence of prior achievement
  • Degree certificates (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree or higher) of a post-secondary education institution including course transcripts and an explanation of the grading system(s) used in these degree certificates.
  • Abstract of diploma / Master’s thesis
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Letter
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • At least one of your referees should have a scientific background.
  • If your referees prefer, letters of recommendation may be sent separately to [email protected] clearly indicating the applicant’s name.
  • Certificate of English language proficiency (see below)
  • The scan of the applicant’s passport
  • Only the pages containing your personal data and pictures.
  • Officially certified transcripts of degree certificate(s)
  • Only for non-EU citizens (excl. Swiss nationals).
  • Optional: Research proposal

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