[20120515] University Assistant, IMC, Vienna, Austria

At the University of Vienna (15 faculties, 3 centres, about 188 fields of study, approximately 9.400 members of staff, more than 90.000 students) the position of a

University Assistant ("prae doc"/PhD)
at the Institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography

is vacant.

Identification number of advertisement: 2977

At the institute of Mineralogy and Crystallography (Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geography and Astronomy) the position for a PhD in the field Experimental Crystallography under Extreme Conditions (Prof. R. Miletich-Pawliczek) has to be filled. We are looking for a person with a distinctive interest for experimental work, excitement for experimental techniques, and showing enthusiasm for instrumental developments and their implementation for in-situ diffraction and X-ray crystallography under nonambient and extraordinary conditions. The candidate is supposed to deal with structural crystallography under megabar conditions and single-crystal diffraction at high-pressure-high-temperature conditions within the scope of a Ph.D. thesis. We are offering modern X-ray facilities (3 powder diffractometer, 5 single-crystal diffractometer, including a new instrument with a PILATUS 300k pixel detector for time-optimized measurements), a diamond-anvil high-pressure lab, spectroscopy labs (Raman, IR, UV-VIS), and access to other analytical facilities (EMPA, SEM, FEG-SEM with FIB) within the faculty. Applications are requested with a short description of previous experiences related to the above mentioned prerequisites, with a CV. list of publications, and two reference letters.

Degree of employment:

30 hours/week (for a limited period of 3 years)

Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr.B1 Grundstufe praedoc (http://personalwesen.univie.ac.at/kollektivvertrag/mitarbeiterinnengruppen/)

Areas of Work:

The candidate is supposed to develop and implement experimental investigations on crystalline solids and single crystals under extreme pressure conditions. Instrumental developments include the set-up of a He/Ne
gas-loading vessel for diamond-anvil cells and the adoption of a laser-heating system for X-ray crystallographic applications. Apart from research at in-house instruments a significant part of the work is dedicated to autonomous preperation and accomplishment of experiments at large-scale facilities, i.e. dedicated synchrotron beamlines.


Employment requires a university degree (Diploma, Masters or equivalent) in material-related natural science (crystallography, material science, physics), personal and social skills and the capability for teamwork. Experience in experimental high-pressure research, knowledge on diamond-anvil cell techniques, or experience with laser-heating techniques are of advantage. Profound knowledge in diffraction techniques is presupposed.

Your Application:

Please motivate your application in a cover letter and enclose a CV, list of two persons and can provide a letter of reference, a list of publications, if applicable. The position is available from June 1st, 2012, and will be funded for 3 years.

For further information please contact Ronald Miletich, +43-1-4277-53265.

The University of Vienna is intended to increase the number of women on its faculties, particular in high-level positions, and therefore specifically invites applications by women. Among equally qualified applicants women will receive preferential consideration.

Please submit your application latest by May 15th 2012 (deadline) to the University Job Center (http://jobcenter.univie.ac.at) under the given identification number 2977.

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ronald Miletich-Pawliczek
Universität Wien
Institut für Mineralogie und Kristallographie
A-1090 Wien, Althanstrasse 14 (UZAII)
T +43 1 4277-53265
F +43 1 4277-9532