ISTA-Fellow: Postdoctoral Program, Austria

Postdoc in Austria

ISTA-Fellow: Postdoctoral Program: The ISTA-Fellow program at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA) offers fully funded two-year postdoctoral fellowships for highly qualified candidates in the natural or computer sciences, mathematics, or related disciplines. This international, interdisciplinary, and intersectoral fellowship program provides an opportunity to engage in innovative basic research in an environment alongside supervisors and colleagues who are among the best in the world.

  • 🌍 International, Interdisciplinary, and Intersectoral: ISTA-Fellow offers a diverse and collaborative environment for postdoctoral research, fostering international connections and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • 🎓 2-year Fully Funded Position: Successful candidates receive two-year fully funded postdoctoral positions, providing stability and resources to pursue groundbreaking research.
  • 📚 Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must hold a PhD or equivalent, or have significant research experience, with the flexibility for those nearing completion of their PhD. Research fields across ISTA are eligible.
  • 📅 Calls for Proposals: The program recruits 10 fellows, with additional opportunities for COE-Fellow awards aligned with specific research themes within Cluster of Excellence (COE) programs.
  • 🏆 COE-Fellow Award: COE-Fellow awards connect fellows with specific COE program themes, enhancing research alignment and impact.
  • 💼 Working Conditions: ISTA-Fellows receive competitive salaries, access to state-of-the-art facilities, and support services for families and accommodation.
  • 📝 Application Process: Applicants follow a straightforward application process outlined in the Guide for Applicants, with clear timelines and instructions.

Designation: ISTA-Fellow Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Area: All research fields supported at ISTA (

Location: Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA), Austria


  • Hold a PhD (or equivalent) or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience.
  • Anticipate the completion of the PhD degree before the start of the fellowship (not later than ~8 months post-deadline).
  • Justify alignment of proposed project with the research themes/goals of an existing Cluster of Excellence (COE) program in which ISTA participates.
  • Researchers already employed at ISTA at the call deadline are not eligible to apply.

Job Description:

  • Fully funded two-year postdoctoral position.
  • Engage in innovative basic research in natural or computer sciences, mathematics, or related disciplines.
  • Opportunity to work alongside world-leading supervisors and colleagues.
  • Potential for further fellowships (COE-Fellow) for eligible applications/projects aligning with ‘Cluster of Excellence’ (COE) program themes.

How to Apply:

  1. Download and carefully review the Guide for Applicants.
  2. Create an account at
  3. Verify your account following the instructions received via email.
  4. Complete the application by entering required information and uploading necessary documents as per the Guide for Applicants.
  5. Submit your application before the deadline.

Last Date for Apply: 12/06/2024

The application portal will open on 08/04/2024 and close on 12/06/2024 (14:00 CEST). All application documents, including referee letters, should be uploaded/submitted by this date/time.

For inquiries about the ISTA-Fellow application process, please contact



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