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4.5-6 years
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: 08 January 2021

Program description

PhD in Mathematics

Mathematics at IST Austria is an open, curious community, active in research that is inspired by both purely mathematical concepts and applications in physics, computer science, and other fields.

The groups on campus have strengths in a variety of areas, including discrete and computational topology and geometry, mathematical physics, dynamical systems, stochastic analysis and partial differential equations, algebraic geometry and representation theory, and number theory. There are regular seminars and talks, and the mathematics groups work closely with each other, as well as with groups in other fields, including computer science and biology.

Admission requirements

IST Austria welcomes students with different academic backgrounds who can bring their skills and experiences to the scientific setting.

Students with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in biology, neuroscience, mathematics, computer science, physics, data science and scientific computing and related areas are encouraged to apply.

Selection criteria

The selection committee uses a collection of indicators to evaluate the applicant’s preparedness, motivation, and potential. The following will be considered:

Scientific promise:

  • Undergraduate performance: overall, with a special focus on relevant field-specific courses
  • Reference letters provided by professors and senior scientists: one letter from industry is acceptable, but letters from an academic background are given priority; referees are asked to address analytical capabilities, technical proficiency, ability to work independently and motivation/commitment;
  • Statement of purpose: the applicant’s past research experience and motivation for applying to this particular PhD program: is it a good academic fit? does the program contribute to the candidate’s future career plans?, etc.;
  • Additional relevant skills (field-specific): demonstrated in, e.g., internships and/or participation in research projects, participation in science Olympiads, programming languages, lab techniques, etc.


  • Quality of the undergraduate background, i.e. quality of the institution attended
  • Transferable skills: e.g. communication skills, experience with working in teams, previous mobility and international experiences, leadership experience as demonstrated in student organizations, etc.;
  • Diversity: e.g. a woman in computer science/math/physics; an applicant who switched fields, etc.

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Program content

  • Evolutionary Genetics
  • Analytic Number Theory and Its Interfaces
  • Algorithms, Computational Geometry and Computational Topology
  • Mathematics of Disordered Quantum Systems and Matrices
  • Theory of Partial Differential Equations, Applied and Numerical Analysis
  • Geometry and Its Interfaces
  • Dynamical Systems, Celestial Mechanics, and Spectral Rigidity
  • Stochastic Analysis
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Discrete and Computational Geometry and Topology

Scholarships & funding

All our PhD students are fully funded, at internationally competitive salary levels, and receive full social security coverage.

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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...

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Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Am Campus 1
3400 Klosterneuburg

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