University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Astrophysics of the University of Vienna



University Assistant (post doc) at the Department of Astrophysics of the University of Vienna

The research group "Astronomical Instrumentation" at the Department of Astrophysics at the University of Vienna is looking for a motivated scientist to work in the area software development for astronomical data analysis and simulation in the context of ELT instrumentation projects at the Department. A collaboration within an innovative project team is offered.


Duration of Employment: 3 years (beginning as soon as possible)


Extent of Employment: 40 hours/week
Occupation group in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc). On top of this, relevant work experience determines the assessment to a particular salary grade.


Areas of work:
The candidate is expected to be actively involved in instrumentation projects of the Department of Astrophysics particularly in E-ELT instrumentation. The expected contributions include especially the design and development of software modules for the E-ELT instrumentation projects of the department in the areas of data reduction pipeline for infrared spectroscopy, atmospheric physics and instrument data simulator software. Additionally holding classes due to extent regulations of wage agreement is part of the scope of work. The position opening is in the framework of a cooperation project with the Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics at the University of Innsbruck where the successful candidate is expected to spend extended work periods on basis of the collective agreement §8 paragraph 3.


Ph.D. degree in astronomy or physics with focus in astronomy/astrophysics with experience in the areas of astronomy/astrophysics, with preference in observational oriented astronomy and development of astronomical data reduction software.


Experience in the areas:

  • data acquisition, data reduction and data analysis of astronomical instruments
  • simulation of observational data
  • use of state-of-the-art astronomical software packages
  • ESO standards of software development and data reduction pipelines


Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be sent via Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 04.02.2014 and be referenced to  the identification number 4609.

For further information please contact Jeannette Höfinger, +43-1-4277-51802.


Deadline: February 4, 2014