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Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Located just outside Vienna, the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) is an international institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in Biology, Computer Science, Data Science & Scientific Computing, Mathematics, Neuroscience and Physics.

In 2019, IST Austria was ranked #3 in the world-wide Nature Index ranking (normalized). In 2018, IST Austria was ranked within the top ten of Nature Index Rising Stars “Top 30 academic institutions under 30” list. In 2018, IST Austria had, with 48%, the highest success rate of ERC Grants in Europe.

IST Austria is an interdisciplinary research institution where we aim to break down the traditional boundaries between disciplines and foster both theoretical and experimental research.

IST Austria is looking for highly qualified candidates with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees to apply for our single interdisciplinary PhD program. All students whose broad research interests align with those of our faculty are eligible to join the IST Austria PhD program. Selection of the thesis supervisor occurs at the end of the first year.

Our PhD students are employed by the Institute and receive internationally competitive salaries and full social security coverage.

Structure of the PhD Program

In the 1st year, students complete coursework and rotations in three different research groups. After selecting a thesis supervisor and passing the qualifying examination, students work on their thesis research, attend international conferences and colloquia, and receive training in teaching and other transferable skills. Research groups are deliberately kept small to ensure close supervision, and all students are mentored by several faculty members who make up their thesis committee.

All students are offered 5-year contracts. All students making reasonable progress are fully funded until their thesis defense.


Doctorate / PhD
Computer Science & IT Delivery method Length Location
PhD in Computer Science On campus Klosterneuburg
Data Science & Analytics
PhD in Data Science and Scientific Computing On campus Klosterneuburg
PhD in Biology On campus Klosterneuburg
PhD in Neuroscience On campus Klosterneuburg
PhD in Mathematics On campus Klosterneuburg
PhD in Physics On campus Klosterneuburg

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This video introduces you to IST Austria, an institute dedicated to basic research and graduate education in the life, formal and physical sciences. Located in Klosterneuburg on the outskirts of Vienna, it is committed to conducting world-class research in an international state-of-the-art environment, with up to 90 research groups in 2016.

The video features IST Austria Professors Gaia Novarino, Björn Hof and Bernd Bickel explaining their research in neuroscience, physics and computer science, respectively. Additionally, IST Austria Graduate School and the scientific service units currently established on campus are presented in greater detail.

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Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Am Campus 1
3400 Klosterneuburg

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