University Professor for Solid State Physics

Graz, Austria
Jan 25, 2024
Posting live until
Mar 25, 2024

For this position, we are looking for a highly qualified person of international reputation who can represent teaching and research in the field of solid state physics. The candidate’s excellent research should extend and complement the current scientific work at the Institute and focus on the application of advanced scattering experiments or spectroscopic techniques. The aim is to deepen the fundamental understanding of the physical properties of energy-relevant materials. Possible research topics include structure and morphology relationships in advanced semiconductor materials, as well as the investigation of excited states and their dynamics or charge and heat transport in such materials. Examples of advanced semiconductors include (but are not limited to) porous semiconducting materials, 2D semiconductors, perovskites, organic semiconductors, or semiconductors used in soft electronics. The ability to teach courses from the entire field of solid state physics (bachelor, master, and PhD level) is expected. The successful candidate has the qualification to lead and develop a university institute.

Graz University of Technology and Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz will merge their physics departments under one roof, the Graz Center of Physics, as part of NAWI Graz. The candidate is expected to actively contribute to this center and to participate in the strategic goals of the faculty as well as in local, interdisciplinary collaborations, in particular within the Field of Expertise “Advanced Materials Science” of Graz University of Technology. A broad multidisciplinary scientific background and experience in planning and conducting experiments at large-scale research facilities are desirable.

Employment Requirements

  • A doctorate degree in a relevant field;
  • Outstanding qualifications in science and teaching for the subject to be filled Pedagogical and didactic skills (proven by a relevant venia docendi or comparable qualification);
  • Experience in the successful acquisition and management of third-party funded projects Relevant international experience in the academic field;
  • Management qualification and leadership skills including gender and diversity aspects.

Selection Criteria

  • Extended research period at several locations (preferably internationally) Successful acquisition of prestigious grants as a PI;
  • Willingness to collaborate with industry partners.

We Offer

  • University sports program and workplace health promotion;
  • TU Graz Welcome Service with advice for relocation, child care, schools, Dual Career Service;
  • Interesting area of responsibility;
  • Safe and stable working environment;
  • Company pension funds;
  • Collegial and friendly working atmosphere;
  • International teaching opportunities;
  • In-house training programs;
  • Women advancement programs.

Application Documents

  • An application letter;
  • A CV describing the past research and teaching activities as well as the leadership and management experiences (including copies of diplomas and relevant certificates and a list of acquired funding);
  • A list of publications and the five most important publications in full text;
  • Your research concept (5 pages max.) for future activities in Graz;
  • Your teaching statement (2 pages max.);
  • Students feedback of past course evaluations or teaching certificates (if available).

Relocation of the future professor to the greater Graz area (main residence) is required.

Applicants should have a strong command of the English language, both written and spoken, to be able to effectively represent the field internationally, and they must also be willing to learn German if they do not already know the language.

Graz University of Technology aims to increase the proportion of women, in particular in management and academic staff, and therefore qualified female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply. In case of under-representation, preference will be given to women if applicants are equally qualified.

Graz University of Technology actively promotes diversity and equal opportunities. Applicants are not to be discriminated in personnel selection procedures on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion and ideology, age, sexual orientation (anti-discrimination).

People with disabilities, and who have the relevant qualification, are expressly invited to apply.


Interviews are scheduled for the period 1. to 5. July, 2024.

Contact Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jussi Behrndt, Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics und Geodesy Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) Rechbauerstraße 12, 8010 Graz

Graz University of Technology is the most traditional technical and scientific research and educational institution in Austria. In its five areas of strength, the Fields of Expertise, it achieves top international performance and relies on intensive cooperation with other research and educational institutions, business and industry worldwide. In the competition for the best minds and resources, it is committed to excellence in its fields of strength and is looking for top talent with a spirit of innovation and vision. We cordially invite you to join our community of researchers and teachers. Join us in shaping the future on the international research stage. Work with us on socially challenging topics and shape the expertise of future technical and scientific specialists and leaders in academic management.

Become part of the team of Graz University of Technology - we are looking forward to your application!