Research Group Leader

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IQOQI Vienna
11 February, 2016


Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Vienna
48° 12' 29.4264" N, 16° 22' 25.7484" E

The Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information – Vienna ( invites applications for the position of a

Research Group Leader

We are searching for a researcher with high international standing in theoretical quantum physics, with a particular emphasis on quantum foundations and theoretical quantum information. Candidates with an interest and/or background in the interrelation between quantum theory and gravity are encouraged to apply. All candidates should have several years of PhD and post-doctoral research experience at a university or comparable research institution. They should have attained high international visibility and independently work in new fields of science. Significant international experience is required. Candidates should also have the skills and motivation to lead a research team. They should be able to design, procure and direct major research projects and to teach students at all curricular levels including thesis supervision. We expect not only academic brilliance, but also strong motivation and commitment.

The position

Applications by candidates with different levels of experience are welcome. Senior candidates with extensive international research experience and an outstanding track record are eligible for the position of a (tenure-track) Senior Group Leader. Junior candidates will apply for the position of a Junior Group Leader, which is limited to a period of 4 years with the possibility for a permanent employment. The selection committee will assign the respective category according to their assessment of each candidate’s experience and background.

Our institute

Other group leaders at IQOQI-Vienna include Caslav Brukner, Miguel Navascues, Rupert Ursin and Anton Zeilinger. IQOQI-Vienna is part of the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (, an institution which unites quantum physicists of Vienna’s research institutions in one collaborative center and thus provides a unique opportunity for direct exchange and collaboration between its research groups.

IQOQI-Vienna offers

an attractive and dynamic research location in a city with a high quality of life and in a country with excellent research funding provisions and a long tradition in fundamental research
a negotiable start-up fund for additional positions at PhD and/or Post-Doc level
a negotiable salary according to the collective agreement of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
a grant for relocation to Vienna
Applies only for the position of a Junior-Group Leader: career development options, including the opportunity of extension for a further period of up to 2 years and subsequently the possibility for promotion to a tenure position (Senior Group Leader) upon successful external evaluation and approval of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Applicants are requested to send an application containing the following information, which may be supplemented by additional material:

academic curriculum vitae
letter of motivation and long-term career plan
brief description of research interests and research results & short outline of research plans for the immediate future
list of publications
PDF versions of three key publications (provided either as URLs of downloadable copies or as email attachments) judged by the applicant to be particularly relevant to the advertised position, together with a statement explaining their relevance for the development of the research area
list of talks given, including information on invited plenaries at international conferences
list of projects supported by third-party funds
teaching statement & short survey of previous academic teaching and list of supervised PhD theses
proof of academic success (PhD certificate and other relevant certificates and credentials)
names and email addresses of at least three references
Applications in English should be submitted by email (as PDF attachments) to the Director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Univ. Prof. Dr. Caslav Brukner, Boltzmanngasse 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria (email: caslav [dot] brukner [at] univie [dot] ac [dot] at; cc: alexander [dot] gutschner [at] oeaw [dot] ac [dot] at), with the reference “Application for Research Group Leader at IQOQI-Vienna”. Review of applications will begin February 11th, 2016, but the applications will continue to be received also after this date.

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