• PhD Open Call 2021

    We are looking for highly qualified Bachelor’s and Master’s students to apply for the PhD program at IST Austria.

    The deadline for applications is Jan 8, 2021 for a PhD entry in September 2021.

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    December 3, 2020

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    Explore, learn, and grow within our six research tracks led by outstanding scientists

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    Why IST Austria 

The PhD call for September 2021 is open. Apply now


Our program uniquely fosters, excites and educates students through broad, curiosity-driven research.

Learn more about what it is like to study at IST Austria, join us on our Virtual Student Open Day on December 3, 2020!


  • Unparalleled Research
  • Pioneers of Science as Faculty
  • Student-Centered Approach
  • Interdisciplinary Program

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Meet our PHd Students

Claudia Espinoza


Wanted: A new phase of matter

The principles of quantum mechanics are the gateway to a faster and more secure means of computing. Many researchers, like IST Professor Kimberly Modic, seek an alternative approach and a new state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid might be the answer.

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Two ERC Starting Grants for IST Professors Julian Fischer and Scott Waitukaitis

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) two grants for frontier research set to improve our understanding of understanding of tribocharging and explore the role of randomness in multiscale problems in physics and mechanics.

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IST Austria scientists present three novel techniques to simulate nature’s complexity

From large waterfalls to tiny soap bubbles – nature is both beautiful and complex. Simulations of its phenomena are essential to scientific discoveries, modern engineering, and the digital arts. While supercomputers are usually necessary, Professor Christopher Wojtan and his team overcome this complexity by combining physics, mathematics, and algorithmic optimizations from computer science.

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