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    Bachelor’s and Master’s students in the fields of biology, computer science, data science, mathematics, physics, neuroscience and interdisciplinary areas can apply for the ISTernship program.

    The call for summer 2021 is now open.

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    Why IST Austria 

The call for the 2021 ISTernship summer program is open. Apply now


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

Our PhD students’ and faculty’s dedication to excellence and innovation shapes the future of science.


  • Unparalleled Research
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The ISTernship Research Experience

Three ISTerns share their unique experience at IST Austria.

Join the ISTernship summer program and gain hands-on experience working on cutting-edge research projects!

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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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