Project Staff Member (prae doc): ISM-FLOW: measuring the 3D motion of the Local Interstellar Medium

Supervision: João Alves (Department of Astrophysics)  


Project outline:

The ERC Advanced Grant ISM-FLOW will attempt to make the first (3D) space motion map of the Local Interstellar Medium. The project will use a dedicated large observational campaign in the near-infrared at ESO (ESO Public Survey VISIONS), and ESA Gaia data, and will cover topics on the formation of giant molecular clouds, star formation and young stellar populations (1-100 Myr), the role of feedback, and the formation and evolution of spiral arms and large Galactic gas structures, such as the Radcliffe Wave. We are looking for motivated researchers with experience in astrometry, near-infrared imaging, and astrostatistics to join a collaborative team at the University of Vienna.

Job Description:               

The position aims to deepen and extend the professional and scientific education targeting a doctoral degree. Tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Independent research and development of an academic profile targeting a doctoral degree. We expect the successful candidate to sign a doctoral thesis agreement within one year.
  • Participation in research, teaching and administration of the research group/department
  • Participation in examination activities
  • Participation in evaluation activities and in quality assurance
  • Supervision of students
  • Participation in teaching and independent teaching of courses as defined by the collective agreement
  • Publication of refereed academic articles, support in preparation of research proposals and acquisition of third-party funding, participation in the organisation of conferences, workshops and meetings, etc.

The candidate who is selected for this position joins VISESS as a PhD student member.


  • Astronomy/Astrophysics: Master’s Degree or equivalent
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
  • Good programming skills and ability to work with large data sets

We offer:

  • Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 Grundstufe (praedoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade
  • An active and inspiring research environment, a vibrant PhD community and many ways to connect with peers from home and abroad on a social and professional level
  • A broad range of interdisciplinary training possibilities and school activities, such as leadership skill trainings, workshops, seminars, mobility and summer schools

Expected starting date: at the earliest possible date

Duration of employment: 4 years
(The employment relationship is initially limited to 1.5 years and automatically extended to a total of 4 years, unless the employer submits a declaration of non-renewal after a maximum of 12 months)

Extent of employment: 30 hours/week 

Application: Interested students can apply until the extended deadline of 15 April 2023 via:      

Further information: For further information, please contact

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.